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Legend of a Mule

Thursday, February 18 2016 3:37 PM

If you are over the age of twenty-one then you are familiar with the Moscow Mule, or at least, the copper clad cup it's presented in. I can safely say that most out there have tried this drink whether it's somebody who was drawn in by the copper mugs aesthetic qualities, someone who loves classic cocktails, or someone who simply was curious about ginger beer. But the story you may not know is how a couple gentlemen helped validify vodka as the number one clear spirit in America at a time when you couldn't give the stuff away due to the correlation of Vodka, Russia, and Communism.

There was a man named John Martin who had purchased the Smirnoff company, possibly feeling it was a bad choice, as he had almost no luck selling vodka. He had a good friend by the name of Jack Morgan, who owned a pub style bar called the Cock'n'Bull which happened to make its own ginger beer. Both men were sitting around looking for an inspiration (drinking) on how to better distribute and sell their products when they decided to mix the vodka and the ginger beer with a squeeze of fresh juice. This act of desperation turned out to be just what was needed, the drink was crisp, tart, and refreshing. At this time, Jack had a girlfriend who worked at the Moscow copper company as an artist. She designed a copper mug which they chose to put this cocktail in. After they had refined the recipe and the device they hired a number of models to pose for pictures which would later grace the

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