History shows that the traditional Moscow Mule (vodka + ginger beer + lime juice) has been around since the 1940’s, when it was born in Los Angeles thanks to a desperate marketing campaign by a vodka distributor and ginger beer maker. And the classic copper mugs? Apparently a friend of the duo had a stash of mugs that she needed to get rid of. But don’t all of the best traditions happen as accidents? And this is an accident I’m happy to repeat again and again.
I’ve enjoyed my fair share of Mint Moscow Mules, but this summer I decided to give them a refreshing twist with fresh Georgia peaches and Belvedere Peach Nectar vodka. Naturally, since moving to the South, I’ve adopted the Georgia peach as my very own, and when I heard Belvedere had a vodka capturing the essence of my favorite sweet, juicy summertime fruit, I was itching to stir it into a cocktail.
While many bartenders have put their own spin on the Moscow Mule over the years (think tequila and even apple cider!), I think I’ll stick to vodka, sweet Georgia peaches and a little mint in mine. Tell me friends, how do you like your Mules?! Truly, MKR
P.S. A quick tip about getting the most flavor out of your herb garnish (I always prefer fresh mint, but basil would be divine too): the best way to release the aromatics is to lay the herb flat in your palm and then smash/clap your hands together just once. People love to muddle and chop up mint, but it’s actually the worst way to release the flavor!
P.P.S. Social Media Intensive attendees, hope you’re thirsty! We’re whipping up a batch of these mouth-watering cocktails on Thursday thanks to Belvedere Vodka & Fresh Harvest‘s local peaches.
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- 1 1/2 ounces peach vodka
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup ginger beer
- 1-2 stems of fresh mint plus more for garnish
- 1 peach peeled and sliced
- Fresh lime wedges, peaches, and mint for garnish
- Ice cubes
- In your mug smash/muddle 1/2 your fresh peeled peach and fresh mint "clapped" between your hands to release the aromatics.
- Pour in vodka, lime juice and add ice cubes. Top with ginger beer, stir to combine and garnish.
- **A quick tip about your herb garnish the best way to release the aromatics is to smash the stem in the flat part of one of your palms before “clapping” your hands together. People love to muddle and chop up mint, but it’s actually the worst way to release the flavor!