Minnesota Moscow Mule

A Moscow Mule perfected by a Minnesota bartender. A few sweet surprises make this East-meets-West cocktail-in-a-copper-cup extra special!

A Moscow Mule perfected by a Minnesota bartender. A few sweet surprises make this East-meets-West cocktail-in-a-copper-cup extra special!

The Inspiration

Despite my extensive personal training in the area of mixology (aka Bartending School at a local community college), this particular recipe is a gift from my dear friend Josh. Josh is married to my best friend Jessi who has shared many recipes with me over the years including this cake, this pasta, and this soup. Jessi and Josh live in Minnesota (my 3rd home, first being LA, second being Milwaukee), thus the clever recipe name.

I asked Jessi how this special cocktail came about and she told the following story:

“This drink was born out of a date during the harsh winter of 2015 when a bartender wouldn’t confess his recipe.  The cocktail was delicious – Josh regretted that he had not ordered it like his wife.”

A Moscow Mule perfected by a Minnesota bartender. A few sweet surprises make this East-meets-West cocktail-in-a-copper-cup extra special!

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The Minnesota Moscow Mule

And so Josh set out on a mission to crack the code. Nay – develop a Moscow Mule even BETTER than the one his wife had enjoyed that fateful night. The typical Moscow Mule is made with premium vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. This recipe starts with those ingredients, then elevates the cocktail experience with additional unique flavors including orange bitters, powdered sugar, and crystallized ginger. When they are mixed together, the results are sweet, spicy, and fizzy all at once. I could absolutely drink a Minnesota Moscow Mule everyday. They are really that good!

A Moscow Mule perfected by a Minnesota bartender. A few sweet surprises make this East-meets-West cocktail-in-a-copper-cup extra special!

The Best Ingredients

Quality ingredients are critical with this cocktail. Seek out Angostura Orange Bitters (NOT aromatic bitters). I could not find them locally and had to buy them online. Reed’s Extra Ginger Beer is also required. You can find it at Trader Joe’s, specialty grocery stores, or online. Crystallized ginger, also known as candied ginger, is widely available in stores. It keeps indefinitely (I store mine in the freezer), and you can also use it for these cookies. I like the Trader Joe’s brand.

A Moscow Mule perfected by a Minnesota bartender. A few sweet surprises make this East-meets-West cocktail-in-a-copper-cup extra special!

Accessories

Don’t forget the copper mug! Josh likes to pour his Minnesota Moscow Mules into a lowball glass to enjoy the color and fizz, but traditionally a Moscow Mule is served in a copper mug. Look for one that is 100% copper, not copper plated and not with a lacquer lining. Apparently there is some sort of reaction that happens with the lime juice and the copper which changes the flavor profile of the drink entirely, in a good way, and it won’t happen if you use a cheap copper cup. So. Go big or go home: Get the real deal or just use a glass. The drink will be delicious either way.

Josh, I’ll let you know if the Kremlin calls. I’m sure they’ll be very impressed with your work!

A Moscow Mule perfected by a Minnesota bartender. A few sweet surprises make this East-meets-West cocktail-in-a-copper-cup extra special!

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A Moscow Mule perfected by a Minnesota bartender. A few sweet surprises make this East-meets-West cocktail-in-a-copper-cup extra special!
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Minnesota Moscow Mule

A Moscow Mule perfected by a Minnesota bartender. A few sweet surprises make this East-meets-West cocktail-in-a-copper-cup extra spec
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 2 servings
Calories 196 kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Reed's Extra Ginger Beer
  • ounces premium vodka
  • ounces club soda
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • ¼ tsp Angostura Orange Bitters
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • Crystallized ginger, lime slices, and/or fresh mint for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a large cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Pour ginger beer, vodka, club soda, lime juice, and orange bitters into the shaker.
  2. Gently stir in powdered sugar, being careful not to disrupt the carbonation (do not shake).
  3. Strain into two copper mugs or lowball glasses filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with a skewer of crystallized ginger, lime slices, or fresh mint as desired.

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21 comments

  1. Looks so refreshing Meggan! Love the pictures! So glad your friend shared the recipe with you, I’ve had copper mugs for a long time, but never attempted to make Moscow Mule ! Will try it ! Have a great weekend!

    • Thank you so much, Mira! It’s the best way to use a copper mug. :) And it’s a great drink! I don’t necessarily make many cocktails (probably due to lack of know-how) but this one is on my list. Have a great weekend too!

  2. I’ve never had a Moscow mule but I’m loving Josh’s recipe. Cheers to the weekend!

  3. I LOVE Moscow Mules. I’d say it was the cup, but it’s actually the drink – I love gingery drinks. I had no idea about the copper reaction though! I love when science is involved! ;)

  4. You did a bartender course? Seriously? Well then if so I’m very impressed! No wonder you have so many amazing drinks. This sounds like a sort of delicious gingery mochito!

    • I did, Helen, but it’s really not all that impressive. Sarcasm must not be translating well on my blog these days, ha ha! It was a course called Mixology and I don’t remember a thing from it. I am lucky to have lovely friends who share their secrets!

  5. When I saw this on Google+, I knew I had to come see more! I love this drink but sometimes it’s hard to find ginger beer in Canada. It seems to that it’s becoming popular again so maybe they’ll carry it in more stores. A great drink, Meggan, and gorgeous photos!
    PS. You rock in FBC. Truly appreciate all your hard work to keep such a dynamic group rolling along!

    • Thank you so much, Robyn! Great of you to stop by. I am lucky I stumbled across Ginger Beer myself, I didn’t know much about it before making this cocktail. Thanks for the FBC shout-out too. :) Most of the credit goes to Nagi of course. She brought us all together!

  6. I am definitely going to try this one out. Those copper mugs are amazing too…

  7. Ooo, I LOVE Moscow mules! So cool that you took a bartender course! That would be a great couples activity!

  8. As a NE Minneapolis resident, I am really curious to learn which bartender inspired this. We have a plethora of amazing cocktail bars in the Twin Cities!

  9. I recently bought copper mugs! I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’ve tried regular Moscow Mules before, but I can tell I’m going to LOVE this version! :)

  10. First of all…thanks for that copper mug link!! And secondly, these are just gorgeous!! Finally, MN is my second home :)

  11. I appreciate our MInnesota food scene and I may have had that same Moscow Mule that she had :). I’m going to try this out AFTER I pick up the perfect mugs!

  12. Hey, I live in Minnesota and will definitely be making this drink!

    • Hey, that’s great! I love Minnesota! I visit there at least once a year to see friends and family. Stay warm!!!

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