Moscow Mule

Posted by on Oct 22, 2009 in Vodka | 2 Comments

THH_StarliteiPhone photo by Shelly Bowen, all rights reserved A Little Kick

Sometimes we need a creative kick for our projects. This week’s free Tuesday at the San Diego Museum of Art definitely helped. Who isn’t inspired by 20th century art within breathing distance?

Starlite, a local dining and drinking lounge, too, offers up inspiration by the glass. They make their own bitters (we must try that), and brandied cherries, and often mix their vodkas with things like cucumber and black pepper syrup.

One of my favorites, though, is their take on the Moscow Mule, called a Starlite Mule, served in a chilly copper cup. It’s light and refreshing, but somehow serious and straightforward.

Happy Hour Idea #37

Sometimes the glass really makes the drink. Here are some glasses we like:

British Style Pint Glasses

Classic Size Martini Glasses

Italian Juice Glasses for Wine

Belgian Style Beer Glasses

Heavy Rocks Glasses

Moscow Mule (THH recipe)

  • 2 oz. vodka (make it Russian for authenticity)
  • juice of 1/2 lime
    teaspoon vanilla syrup
  • ginger beer (we use Bundaberg)
  • dash of bitters

Pour vodka over ice in a tin or copper mug or tall glass. Add lime, vanilla, and bitters and stir. Top off mug with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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CAUTION: Moscow Mules go down very easily. Unlike regular mules. So don’t go drinking and driving with them, ya?

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  1. Kathy
    February 3, 2012

    Going to try the Moscow Mule recipe this evening. Got 4 mugs for my husband for Christmas. Can’t wait to use them!

  2. Shelly
    February 13, 2012

    Awesome, Kathy! I still haven’t splurged on those copper mugs. Love them. Drink stays cool and the handle is neutral.


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