The two entrepreneurs decided to combine their efforts and their wares, to come up with a tasty cocktail that would appeal to tipplers of all stripes. A few squeezes of lime later, the Moscow Mule was born. The drink was a pretty instant success. And there may even be a scientific reason for this. According to mixologists, when the lime and ginger beer hit that copper mug, a chemical reaction takes place, making the acidity of the lime and carbonation of the ginger beer even more pronounced. Gotta love science.
And since then? Well, Smirnoff’s Moscow Mule was the vehicle most often used to introduce vodka to unfamiliar patrons coast to coast, and as such, led the way for other vodka-based cocktails, like the Screwdriver and Bloody Mary. It was also Reno casino baron William F. Harrah’s favorite drink, and he helped to spread its popularity by serving it at all his casinos.
While the Cold War dealt a hard blow to the Moscow Mule, a look at recent pop culture shows that the Mule isn’t slowing down any time soon. From Mad Men to Better Call Saul, Orange is the New Black to Ash vs Evil Dead: the Moscow Mule is all over television and cinema. Tales of the Cocktail went so far as to proclaim 2016 “The Year of the Mule.”
Which is all to say, this is a delicious bandwagon to hop on (responsibly, of course). Class dismissed.