Whether we like it or not, we are officially in the midst of summer. The 4th of July has come and gone, meaning we only have so many days left to sit by pools, eat smores, and spend every possible second outside in the sunshine. With the gloomy weather and the fact that I was traveling for a lot of this holiday weekend (and the fact that my mother apparently doesn’t think it wise to keep marshmallows in the house…), I wasn’t able to indulge in any of the aforementioned activities this weekend. What little time we spent outside was under the seemingly constant threat of rain, but we enjoyed it nonetheless. On ideal (and honestly, not-so-ideal) summer days, I like having a cold cocktail in hand to keep the heat at bay. Moscow mules are the perfect summer drink to do just that.
If you’re unfamiliar, Moscow mules are incredibly simple cocktails to make. They require only 3 ingredients, none of which should be difficult to track down, and come together in a flash. Never had one? You really must. A traditional Moscow mule is served in a copper cup–my grandma gifted me this set for Christmas–but it’s far from necessary. The most important component, in my very educated opinion, is the ginger beer. It’s like ginger ale on steroids. Non-alcoholic (think root beer), ginger beer is subtly spicy from the ginger with an extra oomph that ginger ale just doesn’t have. Add a shot of vodka and a squeeze of lime, and your cocktail game is in high gear.
I love Moscow mules because they go down easy, and they’re not strong enough to knock you out if you want to indulge in more than one. You’re more than welcome to up the ratio of vodka to ginger beer if you’d like a more potent drink. And there’s no shaker necessary. Simply add your ingredients to a glass with plenty of ice, give them a stir, and enjoy. Summer is calling!
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- 4 ounces ginger beer
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- Juice from 1/2 lime
- Add ice to a copper mug or tall glass. Add the ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice. Stir to combine and serve with an additional lime wedge.