The Kentucky Derby is tomorrow, May 3, so lots of folks are looking at horses. But hey, what about those mules? The folks at Sobieski Vodka want to give him a little love too. He may not win, or heck even be entered, into the Kentucky Derby, but he will still be a crowd favorite. Don’t worry, if you are a fan of the Mint Julep tradition that is okay too!
- 2 ounces Sobieski Vodka
- 3 ounces Ginger Beer
- Juice of half a lime
- Lime Wheel
- Copper Mug (preferred, but optional)
Directions: Add the vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice to a copper mug filled with ice. Garnish with lime wheel.
I could not find a definitive history on why a Warsaw Mule (or Moscow Mule) was served in a copper mug. The most common answer was that it was tradition from when the drink was originally created. Some noted something about oxidation also. Regardless, if you have a copper mug then by all means use it for this cocktail. If not, a simple glass will do the trick just as well.
Is this a drink you would try? Do you plan on watching the Kentucky Derby this weekend?
Photo Source: “Moscow Mule” via Mobil’Homme at Flickr. Added the label with title to the original photo.