Moscow Mules

When E and I made our garlic chicken/veggie mac&cheese dinners, our drink of the night was the Moscow Mule.

SONY DSCErika and I once had a very fun night at The Lodge, sitting by the window, sipping Moscow Mules out of copper cups – which I guess is a rare treat because it is a popular item for people to steal. So, a lot of places are forced to serve this drink in boring glasses. It was probably one of my favorite nights in the city, where the evening is beautiful and everything is fun. The Moscow Mules helped. We also happened to have front row seats to Chicago’s naked bike ride, which was unexpected and interesting. Later that night the novelty had definitely worn off when my commute home was delayed by the same naked bike ride parade.

About a week ago, one of my friends got great job offer. We’ve worked together for nearly six years, and now we won’t see each other everyday anymore! I know she loves Moscow Mules, so to celebrate, I got her set of Moscow Mule copper cups. (Why is this drink supposed to be served in copper cups? Google could not tell me.)

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Our classy, non-copper cups. Go Bears!

Of course then I craved Moscow Mules. Serendipitously, when Erika came over to cook our meals, she brought ginger beer! So I headed over to the Bon Appetit website and found not only the ratio of ingredients (4 parts ginger beer, 2 parts vodka and 1 part lime juice), but we learned that the Moscow Mule was invented in 1941 by John G. Martin (liquor distributor) and Jack Morgan (owner of Hollywood’s Cock ‘n’ Bull bar) “to sell exotic ‘white whiskey’ (a.k.a. vodka)”. Interesting, no?

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