The History of the Moscow Mule and Its Iconic Copper Mug

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The History of the Moscow Mule and Its Iconic Copper Mug

Vicki Denig -

Which came first, the mule or the mug? Turns out, that iconic mug might have been the impetus behind one of America’s favorite cocktails.

The Moscow Mule was famously born of an overabundance of supplies and a need to push product. John G. Martin, head of Heublein & Brothers, had recently purchased Smirnoff distillery and found himself with a surplus of vodka. As Eric Felten reported for The Wall Street Journal back in 2007, Martin’s friend, Jack Morgan, owned Cock ‘n’ Bull bar in Los Angeles. Morgan was also swimming in a product he was pushing: his very own brand of ginger beer. One night, Morgan and Martin were hanging out with one of Morgan’s bartenders, Wes Price, who was also trying to get rid of product. “I just wanted to clean out the basement,” Price would say of creating the Moscow Mule. “I was trying to get rid of a lot of dead stock.” Dead stock meant Smirnoff vodka and ginger beer, of course. Price claims his concoction was first served to actor Broderick Crawford. After that, the drink “caught on like wildfire.” Click Here To Read More!

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