Friday, July 3, 2015

What is Moscow mule and why should I be drinking it out of a copper mug?

When I was a child, a good friend of mine's parents had brilliantly colored aluminium glasses that I loved using whenever I went to her house because of how cold it seemed to keep the drinks. I spent years thinking about these glasses and even found new ripoffs that were cheap crap that were nothing like the original. Then I found some on an online auction site but they wanted obscene amounts of money for glasses so I couldn't justify big bucks for the actual antique glasses from the 1970s. So now you particularly know where my mind was when I saw the copper mug, I could not wait to try it out. But first I wanted to research why copper and what drinks are intended for these amazingly crafted flaggard.

According to wikipedia-- lazy man's research--

"The cocktail was invented in 1941 by John G. Martin of G.F. Heublein Brothers, Inc., an East Coast spirits and food distributor, and "Jack" Morgan, President of Cock 'n' Bull Products (which produced ginger beer) and proprietor of the Cock 'n' Bull restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles popular with celebrities.[1][2][3][4]
George Sinclair (2007) quotes from an article run in the New York Herald Tribune:
The mule was born in Manhattan but "stalled" on the West Coast for the duration. The birthplace of "Little Moscow" was in New York's Chatham Hotel. That was back in 1941 when the first carload of Jack Morgan's Cock 'n' Bull ginger beer was railing over the plains to give New Yorkers a happy surprise…
The Violette Family helped. Three friends were in the Chatham bar, one John A. Morgan, known as Jack, president of Cock 'n' Bull Products and owner of the Hollywood Cock 'n' Bull Restaurant; one was John G. Martin, president of G.F. Heublein Brothers Inc. of Hartford, Conn., and the third was Rudolph Kunett, president of the Pierre Smirnoff, Heublein's vodka division. As Jack Morgan tells it, "We three were quaffing a slug, nibbling an hors d'oeuvre and shoving toward inventive genius". Martin and Kunett had their minds on their vodka and wondered what would happen if a two-ounce shot joined with Morgan's ginger beer and the squeeze of a lemon. Ice was ordered, lemons procured, mugs ushered in and the concoction put together. Cups were raised, the men counted five and down went the first taste. It was good. It lifted the spirit to adventure. Four or five days later the mixture was christened the Moscow Mule...[5]
The Moscow mule is almost always served in a copper mug. The popularity of this way to serve the drink was due to Martin, who went around the country to sell Smirnoff vodka and popularize the Moscow mule. Martin asked bartenders to pose with a speciality copper mug and a bottle of Smirnoff vodka and photographed a polaroid picture of them. He took two photos, leaving one with the bartender for display. The other photo would be put into a collection and would be used as proof to the next bar that Martin visited of the popularity of the Moscow mule.[6] The popularity of serving the Moscow Mule in a copper mug has carried through to present day, primarily due to tradition and aesthetic reasons[7]
According to an article in 1942's Insider Hollywood, the Moscow Mule was most popular in Los Angeles.[4] The Nevada State Journal (12 October 1943) reinforced the mule's popularity in reporting: "Already the Mule is climbing up into the exclusive handful of most-popular mixed drinks". It became known as a favourite drink of Reno casino owner William F. Harrah. In his 1964 book Beat the Dealer, Edward O. Thorp did not name the Tahoe casino where he thought he had been poorly treated as a card counter. He said "I went to the bar and had a Moscow Mule", which was a subtle hint that the location was Harrah's Tahoe, due to Harrah's then well-known proclivity for the drink.
In 2012 a Moscow mule kit that included Cock 'n Bull Ginger Beer was included as part of Oprah Winfrey's Favorite Things list.[8]"

So really, this is all fall out from Oprah saying she liked something-- Moscow Mule kit.
The recipe for a Moscow Mule :
over the rocks (ice) in a copper mug

4.5cl (9 parts) vodka
0.5cl (1 part) lime juice
12cl (24 parts) ginger beer

Some of the recipes include fresh mint as well.

Fourth of the July will be MULE filled and I will be #hippiehappy.
I received this at a discount or free for my unbiased #hippiehappy or #nothippiehappy opinion.