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.
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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; here’s a set that’s linked with nickel. However, if you have the more traditional, unlined versions, avoid serving hot or acidic liquids in them to avoid any issues.
This is a classic Moscow Mule recipe that uses vodka, lime juice, ginger beer, ginger simple syrup and fresh mint. This ginger beer is excellent for this classic Moscow Mule recipe (non-alcoholic version included, too!).
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- 2 oz. premium vodka (for non-alcoholic version, substitute tonic water or club soda)
- 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
- Ice cubes
- Ginger Simple Syrup
- ½ c. water
- ½ c. white sugar
- 3” fresh ginger, peeled and cut into small pieces
- 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.
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