7 Rookie Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Moscow Mule
The Moscow Mule is one of the simpler cocktails that you could choose to make, and that, combined with the fact that it's so damn tasty, is one of the main reasons that has led to it becoming so immensely popular. However, just because we think it's easy to make, that doesn't mean to say that it's impossible to "mess-up," especially if you're a total novice when it comes to making cocktails. If you want to give yourself a chance of not totally ruining your first homemade Moscow Mule cocktail (if you've never made one...you absolutely have to!), we've outlined some of the biggest mistakes that you must avoid.
Making It Too Strong
There's a tendency for people, especially those that don't have much cocktail-making experience, to make their Moscow Mule far too strong the first time round. The only thing that this will achieve is it will help you to become rather tipsy in a very short amount of time. Rather than improvising and pouring as much vodka into the mix as you want, stick to the amount recommended (you can use our go-to Moscow Mule recipe).
Being Stingy With the Ice
People don't realize just how important the ice is when making a Moscow Mule. It's a cocktail that's best served ice cold; if it's anything but ice cold it won't meet your expectations. The ice also fulfils another important role in that it will dilute the cocktail to the correct ratio, helping you to avoid the problem we discussed in the first point. So don't be tight-fisted with your ice cubes and make sure you put plenty in your Moscow Mule copper mug.
Disregarding the Importance of the Garnish
Professional bartenders don't serve cocktails with a garnish just to make it look "pretty" (although that is one benefit that it provides); the garnish, which in the case of the Moscow Mule is typically a lime and a mint leaf, adds the finishing touches to the flavor profile of your cocktail. Make sure you squeeze the lime into the drink before positioning it on the rim of your copper mug!
Using the Cheapest Ingredients Available
We know that even as the economy starts to pick up, many people are still struggling, but cheap ingredients will always produce a poorer quality drink; there's just no getting away from that. Rather than making this mistake, pay that little extra and get some quality Moscow Mule ingredients; premium vodka, some real tasty ginger beer and some fresh limes. That is a combination that makes for a great Moscow Mule!
Not Using a Copper Mug
The copper mug is synonymous with the Moscow Mule and drinking one without it is not far short of being a crime. While it won't impact much (if at all) of the taste of the drink, it is essential to the presentation and enjoying an authentic experience. It also serves to keep your drink ice cold for a much longer duration than is possible with glass. Copper mugs are said to have a wide range of benefits other than keeping your Moscow Mule nice and cool (very useful in the middle of summer).
Using Bad Ice
You're probably thinking "does ice really go bad?" The answer is "YES!" After it's been in the freezer for a long time, ice can actually start to absorb the odors of the things that surround it. These odors can influence the taste of the ice and seriously impact upon the flavor of your Moscow Mule. So rather than taking any risks, simply prepare in advance and make a fresh batch of ice.
Using Ginger Ale Instead of Ginger Beer
If you are familiar with the Moscow Mule or are considering making it and have looked at a recipe sheet, you'll know that ginger beer is one of the main ingredients that is used. However, too many people use ginger ale instead, mistakenly thinking that they are both the same thing. You can probably guess that I'm about to tell you that they aren't. While ginger beer is actually brewed and fermented, ginger ale isn't. Ginger ale is a carbonated beverage that is produced using water and ginger. Ginger beer has much more of a spicy, "gingery" flavor, which is essential to a great-tasting Moscow Mule. If you use ginger ale, it'll throw the whole cocktail out of sync.
The truth is that the Moscow Mule is a lot easier to make than many of the other cocktails out there, and providing you avoid the 7 common mistakes that are listed above, you will be able to enjoy this drink time and time again this summer. Remember one thing that always makes Moscow Mules taste better is having the right cup. You could even pay our designers to customize your copper mug with your choice of engravings.
Own a bar or restaurant and want to use the Jamaican Mule recipe? Sign up for our wholesale program and we can get you discount glassware or Copper Mugs for a great bulk deal.