It’s Friday and that means it’s time to kick back and enjoy a cocktail or three. I usually just pour a glass of wine and call it good, but I think its time that I start putting a little more effort into my Friday cocktails so I’m starting this weekend off with a classic moscow mule. Although Moscow Mules are meant to be enjoyed ice cold, there is something inherently comforting about the warm, spicy notes of ginger found in this classic cocktail.
Traditionally, Moscow Mules are served in beautiful copper mugs that are both appealing and functional. Unfortunately, this popular metal may be unhealthy if ingested in significant amounts. As a result, most copper mugs sold today are lined with a non-reactive metal. However, if you have the more traditional, unlined versions, avoid serving hot or acidic liquids in them to avoid any issues.
MOSCOW MULE INGREDIENTS
2 oz. premium vodka
2 T. fresh lime juice
Ginger beer (enough to top off mug)
2 t. ginger simple syrup*, or to taste
Fresh mint sprigs, to garnish
Lime wedges, to garnish
MOSCOW MULE GINGER SIMPLE SYRUP
½ c. water
½ c. white sugar
3” fresh ginger, peeled and cut into small pieces
MOSCOW MULE DIRECTIONS
To make the ginger simple syrup, add water and sugar to a medium saucepan. Peel a 3” piece of fresh ginger and chop into small pieces and add to the pan.
Note: The smaller you cut each piece of ginger, the more surface area you will expose to the boiling sugar mixture. This will give your simple syrup a stronger ginger flavor.
Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
Fill copper mugs with ice cubes and add vodka and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and a drizzle of simple syrup. Stir to combine. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a wedge of lime and serve immediately.