Shake Up Your Summer With A Moscow Mule
Moscow, Pennsylvania – a tiny borough tucked away in the lower crest of Lackawanna County, is ironically rumored to be named after the capital of the world’s largest nation as a result of its strong Russian immigrant roots. Interesting theory, though we like to think that our cozy little town is better associated with the classic cocktail that just so happens to share a name: the Moscow Mule.
Regardless of which theory proves true, one thing is certain: VBG serves up one mean variation of this timeless cocktail. The drink that bears the borough’s name first rose to fame in the 1940s, eventually becoming a symbol in popular culture and sustaining a following unrivaled by most other craft beverages. Though its popularity was arguably on the decline for many decades, the Moscow Mule is back in full force. A traditional Moscow Mule is made up of vodka, lime juice, ice cubes, ginger beer and garnished with a wedge of lime. Even if you’ve never tried this tasty summer treat, you’re certain to recognize the iconic cup its served in.
Now, how did this crazy combination come to be? The story goes that one Sophie Berezinski, a Russian immigrant and daughter of a copper factory owner, was tasked with a seamlessly impossible job: move to America and sell 2,000 solid copper mugs. Sophie set out to conquer her mission. After facing a great deal of adversity, she ultimately teamed up with the new owner of another American staple: Smirnoff Distillery. At a time in which vodka was not the drink of choice for most liquor connoisseurs, the pair initially struggled to concoct a beverage that would convince people to break old drinking habits. After many failed taste tests, the famed cocktail was born. Surprisingly, the mug Moscow Mules are served in provide a purpose beyond the cool factor. The solid copper mug is an insulator that keeps the cocktail cold, while also enhancing flavor and aroma.
Over the years, many variations of this renowned beverage have been created. At VBG, we like to stick to the classics. Start summer off on the right foot by sipping on Van Brunt Grill’s favorite, seasonal drink: The Moscow Mule. Here’s a recipe.
1/2 fluid oz. of vodka
1/2 fluid oz. of lime juice
1/2 cup of ginger beer
Garnish with a wedge of lime
1. Squeeze lime juice into your Moscow Mule cup (though any cup will suffice).
2. Add in 2 to 4 ice cubes
3. Pour in the vodka and top off with cold ginger beer.
4. Serve with a stirring rod and garnish with a fresh slice of lime.
5. Order takeout from Van Brunt Grill. We promise that it pairs nicely.
Our meal pairing recommendation:
Appetizer: House made potato tots (GF)
crab and spinach served with a side of chipotle ranch or
bacon and cheddar served with a side of sour cream
Entree: Chicken pot pie
chicken, celery, onion, carrot and corn in a white wine sauce
Dessert: Angel food cake with strawberries
Pay us a visit for more great recommendations. We’re proud to continue contributing to the history of Moscow, Pennsylvania.