Spice up your Moscow Mule this summer

You know it’s hot outside when just looking out the window makes you sweat. But summer is about fun in the sun, backyard BBQs, and having a cold one.

I’m not one to hop on the trendy bandwagon, but Moscow Mules seem to be taking my friend group by storm. As it turns out, they’re the perfect summer drink… light, refreshing, and tasty.

While recipes vary, a basic Moscow Mule is lime juice, vodka, and ginger beer served in a copper cup. My friend group muddles fresh mint leaves and sugar (granulated or simple syrup) in the glass first, then adds the rest of the Moscow Mule ingredients.  Tito’s Handmade Vodka has been the typical choice for us and works fantastic. As I don’t typically have vodka (and I’m a die-hard rum lover), I switched out the vodka for a rum and have loved the results. The rum version has different names depending on the type of rum you use. From my experience, choice of rum depends on the ginger beer that you use. My personal favorite is the Fever-Tree Premium ginger beer, which I have been getting in the mixers section at my local HEB (not sure which other stores carry it).  It has a VERY strong ginger taste, which masks the taste of alcohol, so Capitan Morgan’s Spiced Rum, Tattoo, or other versions have been great. If you use a ginger beer that is a less potent ginger, you may want a smoother rum, for which my favorite so far has been Dos Maderas. For other variations on the traditional Moscow Mule, you can check out moscow mule recipes.

I also currently don’t have copper mugs on hand, but after a bit of research, I might be investing in some.  For anyone else who is curious, “The most scientific benefit of using copper moscow mule mugs is temperature. For centuries, the best drinkers have known that chilled drinks in copper cups offer an extra-cool sensation, due to the metal quickly taking on the icy temperature of the cocktail. The rim of the mug becomes chilly almost instantly, offering a frozen sensation on your lips. The cold metal is highly effective at insulating the cold temperature of any liquid, especially good for summertime drinking, and deflecting heat from the sun. The handle of the mug helps maintain drink temperature, as well, keeping the near 100 degree body heat of your hand away from the walls of the mug, and your Moscow Mule safely chilled inside.” Are Copper Mugs Better?

So, whether you use the copper mug or a normal tumbler, stick to the basic recipe or be adventurous with variations, try a Moscow Mule at your next summer event for a refreshing drink.

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