Sharkbait’s Cocktail of the Week: Mule Time

Happy week 1 everybody! Football is finally back…barely. Hopefully this week’s cocktail will help wash out the suck that was Thursday Night Football. Luckily, this week’s cocktail is extremely easy to make. No shaking necessary (of which, is a huge plus for me right now). Let’s mix up a Moscow Mule from the Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails book:

Juice of 1/2 Lime

2 oz. Vodka

Ginger beer or ginger ale

Squeeze the lime juice into a copper Moscow Mule Mug. Drop the spent lime into the mug. Add ice cubes and the vodka. Top with the ginger beer.

I guess I can see why this falls under the forgotten cocktails category. I definitely do not make this drink enough, despite its stupid easy preparation.  Moscow Mules are absolutely delicious. They are light very light and extremely refreshing.  They are not very strong, given only the two ounces of vodka in the cocktail. Personally, I’d add maybe another ounce to an ounce and a half, but then again I prefer my drinks to be on the stronger side. This is another drink that can easily be scaled up and made in bulk, to make entertaining easier. Also, I suppose you could make this in a regular collins glass, but there is something about sipping this out of a copper mug that makes it taste a bit better. Kind of like drinking coke out of a glass bottle. It may be in my head, but I think it’s vital to use the copper mug if you have one.

Moscow Mules also are versatile too. I made a virgin version for Mrs. Sharkbait. Since she is temporarily not drinking, I added more lime, mint and simple syrup to offset the ginger beer and make up for the lack of vodka. Not only can these be made virgin, changing up the base spirit plays nicely as well. using dark rum turns this into Dark and Stormy, using gin makes it an English Mule. Have some Tequila on hand? You can make a (you guessed it) Mexican Mule.  Go ahead and experiment with whatever you want. Adding lime and ginger beer will most likely result in a delicious and easily made cocktail.

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Sharkbait has not actually been bitten by a shark, but has told people in bars that he was for free drinks. Lives in Boston, married to a Giants fan, he enjoys whisk(e)y, cooking, the Rangers, and the Patriots.
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Col. Duke LaCross

Gin mules are my go-to when I’m cutting back on the bourbon. I think the aromatics in the gin bring out the ginger flavor a little better than the vodka.

The Right Reverend Electric Mayhem

I’m still bitter about that Vodka Bar denying us admission at DFOCon #1.
1. No bar in Vegas should ever close. Ever.
2. 2 a.m. is precisely the time when vodka is needed most. That’s like stopping the sale of Hawaiian Tropic during the summer.

yeah right

This is my go to beverage at any upscale bar. Goddamn. I’m going to make some before the weekend is over.

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

I haven’t had ginger beer in a long time. I should fix that.

Also, isn’t there a chemical reaction between the copper and ingredients that affects how mules taste? I just read an article from the Washington Post that says the acidity (and this goes for anything with a pH below 6.0) reacts with the copper to basically poison you A LITTLE BIT. However, in the two years since this has probably been debunked and besides that the Post is garbage, so what do they know? Even if it is true, so what? Unless you drink these every day I doubt it matter any more than the many other ways we poison ourselves, and besides, the sites I checked do suggest that reaction is why they get and stay colder, taste better, and have more carbonation than non-copper containers.

LemonJello
LemonJello

You take some risks when you’re using cups made from recycled US Navy submarine reactor vessels…

Game Time Decision

so i should stop drinking from the lead cup?

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

Only if you’re pregnant. For adults the damage isn’t nearly as bad.

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

It hasn’t been renamed the Moscow Mitch in honor of Turtle McConnell?

(Speaking of which, I saw the guy who played Turtle was on Pardon My Take. “Glad” to see PFTC has completely embodied the douche character)

King Hippo

this is a GREAT idea

/not the Turtle douche shite

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

I am a genius.

Dunstan
Dunstan

Perhaps the Moscow Mitch should use Kentucky bourbon as well as vodka?

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

When you said “Mexican Mule” I had to double-check to make sure I wasn’t still on Balls’ porn search post.

King Hippo

Ginger beer is the tits. I have like 50 cans/bottles of my three favourite varietals in the fridge. I must seem like the hardest of hardest core alkies to my local Super Target.

Game Time Decision

so this drink needs a bit more kick?

ballsofsteelandfury

Mules are my favourite drink. Ginger ale/ginger beer is my favourite soft drink. I eat mint as dessert.

Basically, this drink is Balls In A Glass.

LemonJello
LemonJello

Balls In A Glass

And I’m off to the previous post to make a suggestion…

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

There’s a football-related video on the first page, but the results are generally pretty tame or DBZ hentai.