The Moscow Mule is a refreshing, light cocktail drink which was originated in 1940s and was a popular in the U.S. Moscow Mule can be prepared easily by mixing three ingredients; vodka, lemon juice, and ginger beer. These flavors blend well, with the lasting taste of alcohol, the sweetness of the ginger beer and the refreshing lime juice. This cocktail belongs to a specific style, known as a highball, which is comprised of equal or higher amounts of non-alcoholic mixer when compared to the spirit as itself.
A major component of the cocktail, ginger beer is similar to root beer, and is a carbonated beverage principally flavored with ginger, as well as lemon or lime juice, and sweetened with cane sugar. In this cocktail, depending on the type of ginger beer used, the cocktail will either be extremely spicy or more subtle and sweet.
Nowadays, ginger beer is generally considered as non-alcoholic because their alcoholic content is less than 5%. Crabbies and Soneys are two popular brands of alcoholic ginger beers with about 4.8% alcohol. Jamaican style ginger beer, Bundaberg from Australia are generally recommended for a more subtle approach.
Vodka, since this is the first time we have discussed it, is similar to gin in all respects except for one: it lacks the infused components that gin has. While vodka quite often is infused with various things, mainly because people don’t like the pure taste of alcohol, infused vodka is really similar to gin. The alcohol content of the Moscow mule varies depending on the type of alcohol used and the volume of the mixers used.
This drink is very versatile and you can change its ingredients and try out several combinations to create new variants. For example a more Caribbean flavor can be achieved by substituting half of the vodka with spiced rum, or you can try gin to impart an English feel. Depending on your taste, you can experiment with fruit juices also. Once the gin is distilled, it is diluted to the normal strength of 76 to 90 proof. Vodka usually comes in 80 proof strength.