In an attempt to branch out beyond gin, I made a Moscow Mule. The spirit in this drink is vodka, but unless one wants the effects of the alcohol, there’s really no reason to add it. I have two vodkas on my shelf: Core, which is made from apples, and Exclusiv, made from wheat. I used the Exclusiv. The bulk of the flavor comes from ginger beer, and would overwhelm the subtle apple in Core.
The recipe is a variation on that from the CocktailDB. The drink is traditionally, since 1941, served in a copper mug. I do not have a copper mug, and so used a tumbler. An old fashioned glass is recommended by the makers of the ginger beer I used.
Build the drink in your glass.
- The juice squeezed from one lime, about 1 oz
- A jigger of vodka, 1 1/2 oz.
- One half of the lime shell
- Fill with ginger beer and ice