Ice cold and refreshing with an unexpected kick of lime, mint, and jalapeno, the Spicy Mule is not for the faint of heart. Serve this cocktail at your next summer soiree to those seeking an adventurous treat.
What’s with that Copper Mug?
Last week we shared one of our favorite Moscow Mule variations, the Garden Mule, in part one of our two-part Moscow Mule blog series. We also discussed the history of the cocktail and some of the reasons why it has become the popular drink that it is today. But what’s with that copper mug? Do you have to serve a moscow mule in a copper mug?
Sure, the mug makes for a unique presentation, but there is some science behind it.
Copper mugs offer two main benefits – taste and temperature. When the shaken ice and vodka hit the sides of the copper mug, the metal instantly chills all parts of the cup making it extremely cold and more refreshing to drink. The handle also keeps the temperature of your hand away from the cup, allowing the cocktail to stay colder longer. Second, oxidation occurs when the ingredients make contact with the copper. This enhances the taste of the vodka, lime and ginger beer for a more intense flavor. Copper also maintains carbonation better than glass, giving Moscow Mules that characteristically bubbly quality.
The Perfect Cocktail for Outdoors
The copper mugs are also great because of their durable quality. Moscow Mules are the perfect summer cocktail for toting outside on a patio or during a backyard barbecue because they are less likely to break than glassware and more attractive than cocktails served in plastic. Plus, the mugs come in a variety of styles – smooth, hammered, tall, short, skinny, and wide – that make coordinating with your tabletop as effortless as it is to make the cocktail itself.
The Spicy Mule
Be prepared to awaken your taste buds with this Moscow Mule recipe. If you don’t tolerate heat well, use only half the jalapeno and half of the Oola Chili Pepper Vodka.
- 1 jalapeno
- 8 mint leaf sprigs
- 4 ounces Oola Chili Pepper Vodka
- 8 ounces Cock n’Bull Ginger Beer
- 2 ounces lime juice
- Cut jalapeno in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and stem.
- Cut jalapeno into 2 sections and place in cocktail shaker with mint leaves.
- Muddle thoroughly (should be able to smell mint and jalapeno juices).
- Add ice, lime juice and vodka to the shaker. Shake until condensation appears on outside of the mug.
- Place ice cubes in the copper mug, and pour shaker ingredients into the mug.
- Top with 4 ounces of ginger beer.
- Garnish with mint sprig, lime slice or jalapeno stem.
Cut jalapeno in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and stem.
Cut jalapeno into 2 sections and place in cocktail shaker with mint leaves.
Muddle thoroughly (should be able to smell mint and jalapeno juices).
Add ice, lime juice and vodka to the shaker. Shake until condensation appears on outside of the shaker.
Place ice cubes in the copper mug, and pour shaker ingredients into the mug.
Top with 4 ounces of ginger beer.
Garnish with mint sprig, lime slice or jalapeno stem.
For a complete list of the products that we used, check out our last post.