A Fresh, Icy Cocktail with a Signature Look
Throughout history, great things have come from creative, resourceful people with determination not to give up. The fortitude of three such people has brought us this week’s cocktail, as one invention brought from Russia met its match in Los Angeles. Sophie Berezinski’s father owned a copper manufacturing company in Russia, where she designed a mug that she felt brought some fresh new style to the scene. Sales did not take off, so when Sophie immigrated to the United States, she brought her mugs with her.
Insider fact: The copper mugs that make the Moscow Mule instantly recognizable serve a more practical purpose than just the gleaming style. Copper is an excellent thermal conductor, so when the ice and liquid are added, the container retains the chill and adds a frosty finish to each sip.
Meanwhile, John Martin had recently purchased a struggling vodka company, Smirnoff, in hopes he could make the clear liquor a hit with American audiences who were rather attached to their beer and bourbon. At the time, vodka was seen as a strictly Russian drink, with most bartenders stateside unfamiliar with its versatility and most bar patrons feeling more patriotic with a beer bottle in their hands.
Jack Morgan, owner of the Cock ‘n’ Bull pub on L.A.’s Sunset Strip, was trying to launch his own formulation of ginger beer, which was also facing challenges taking hold with his customers. One fateful day in 1941, Sophie walked into the Cock ‘n’ Bull with her mugs at the perfect time, when the two gentlemen were lamenting their challenges and trying to find a solution. The three concocted the spicy fresh cocktail known today as the Moscow Mule that very day, helping promote their new drink by taking Polaroid photos of the unique mugs and leaving them with bartenders across L.A. and eventually, the country. Perhaps one of the earliest social media campaigns?
The Moscow Mule not only represents the dedication of entrepreneurial minds, it’s also delicious. Mix your own this evening and toast to teamwork, great ideas and chilled afternoon cocktails aboard Crystal ships.
The Moscow Mule
1.5 oz. Smirnoff Vodka
4.0 oz. Ginger beer
0.5 oz. Fresh lime juice
Combine vodka and ginger beer over ice in a mule mug, add the lime juice and gently stir. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge.
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