Paris, 1919, just after the ending of the Great War.
He met her at the Ritz for cocktails. “What are cocktails?” she said.
“Hard liquor dressed up to be more respectable. I promise you, they’re fashionable.”
~ Excerpted from Ken Follet’s Fall of Giants (a wonderful book if you like historical fiction)

I love this passage and thought it was a great way to introduce something new to Riegl Palate this year – a cocktail of the month.

This month’s cocktail? The Moscow Mule. I came across a recipe for this drink back in the fall and added it to my list of drinks to make as Ed and I take turns making a new cocktail every Sunday. Then during the holiday season I remembered it as I saw “Moscow Mule” copper mugs for sale in many locations. I bought a pair from Crate & Barrel which were back ordered as they were so popular (much to the surprise of the person who helped me at C&B).

The cups arrived in time for Ed’s birthday and we’ve enjoyed a few “fashionable” Moscow Mules in them. We find them to be quite flavorful (thanks to the ginger beer) and refreshing, plus very cold due to the copper mug. They are always made with ginger beer, not ginger ale – try Fentimans Ginger Beer or your ginger beer of choice. Ginger beer, like ginger ale, is non-alcoholic.

The perfect drink for watching the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia!

A bit of drink trivia…  A “mule” (or “buck”)  in the drink world means the cocktail is either made with ginger beer or ginger ale and citrus juice. For example, adding lime juice to a Dark ‘N’ Stormy makes it a Rum Buck. The Moscow Mule was created in the early 1940’s and was one of the first vodka drinks to become popular in the United States. It got it’s name from the perception of vodka being a Russian product.

Moscow Mule



Moscow Mule
Recipe type: Drink
Serves: Makes 1 drink
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice (~ ¾ of a lime)
  • 4 to 6 ounces of good quality ginger beer
  • lime wedge (for garnish)
  1. Fill Moscow Mule copper mug (or highball glass) with ice.
  2. Add vodka and lime juice.
  3. Top with ginger beer and stir.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.
* Be sure to use Ginger Beer and not Ginger Ale.
* Fentimans Ginger Beer is available at Wegmans in the natural food section.



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2016-03-13T16:06:59+00:00 January 26th, 2014|Categories: Drinks|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments


  1. pattyd January 26, 2014 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    this sounds amazing! can’t wait to try it!! thanks
    off to wegmans…

    • Nicole January 26, 2014 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      Love your enthusiasm!

      • pattyd January 29, 2014 at 6:57 pm - Reply

        Hi Nicole – could not find this in the beer section of Wegman’s – i am assuming it is alcoholic, but now I am wondering…

        • Nicole January 30, 2014 at 6:39 am - Reply

          Patty – Thank you for your comment. Ginger beer (like ginger ale) is non-alcoholic. The kind I mention in the recipe can be found in the beverage area of the natural food section at Wegmans.

  2. LuAnn January 26, 2014 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    We made this for happy hour this afternoon and it was wonderful. Can’t wait to enjoy this drink in the hot weather too!

    • Nicole January 26, 2014 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Love your speed – and yes, it will work equally well in the warm weather.

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