The Moscow Mule is one of my favorite drinks that I somehow always seem to forget about. It's crisp, refreshing, and spicy yet light at the same time, and most importantly it's served in an adorable copper mug. When ice is added the copper turns from shiny to frosted and is cold to the touch (so cold that I'm yelling at Jamie to shoot quickly in the picture above!)
I think the main reason I often forget about this drink is that I only order them when they are on a drink menu, since I never have had a copper mug of my own. After buying one, I wish I'd purchased it years earlier, because they are incredibly easy to make at home! (You could just use a regular tall glass as well, but that's not as fun!)
While the ginger beer is an autumnal flavor, the lime and mint in a classic mule reminded me of summer, so we added pear nectar and replaced the mint with a sprig of rosemary to update the drink with a fall twist. The ingredients combined with the copper mug make this a cozy and refreshing autumnal cocktail. It's the perfect drink to enjoy on a cool day before the icy, cold winter season creeps in.
The mule is incredibly easy to make, there are no real mixology skills needed! Just fill a copper mug (or tall glass) with ice and add the vodka, lime juice and pear nectar, then top with a ginger beer of your choosing and stir well. The ice should be giving the mug a frosty sheen. Garnish with a slice of pear and a sprig of rosemary and you're done!
Be careful, they go down as easy as they are to make! Cheers!
(all photos, Jamie Grill Photography)