New Moscow Mules at Chevys
If this isn’t already your favorite, this summer Moscow Mules will be your go-to hot weather cocktail. The popular drink made of vodka, ginger beer, and freshly squeezed lime is famously served over ice in a copper mug. These spicy and full of flavor drinks are equally refreshing and undeniably yummy. That’s why we’re excited to announce the arrival of two new summer Mules at Chevys! Read more below on our new mules and a little history to sip on!
A Little Moscow Mule History
The story of the infamous copper mug dates back to 1941. Sophie Berezinski, an immigrant from Russia, is credited with creating the design for the original copper mug (now used to house Moscow Mule cocktails). Sophie’s father owned and operated a copper factory in Russia called the Moscow Copper Company. Her father stamped the mugs with the original logo. However, at the time both Sophie and her father were unable to sell the mugs in Russia, so they decided to try their hand in America.
Sophie brought 2,000 solid copper mugs to the US, but she was reluctant to find a buyer. Until one day, Sophie’s husband asked her to find someone to buy the mugs or get rid of them altogether. So, she began desperately seeking out a restaurant owner who would be interested in the mugs. And, one fateful day, Sophie stumbled upon the Cock ‘n’ Bull pub on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood.
The Moscow Mule Was Born
In June of 1941, Sophie and the folks at the Cock ‘n’ Bull pub helped create a cocktail America would fall in love with. Interestingly, in the 1940s, vodka wasn’t as popular on the American cocktail scene as it is today. In fact, Americans had a greater fascination with beer, whiskey, and other cocktails at this time. Which brings us to Jack Morgan, the owner of the Cock ‘n’ Bull, who was trying to introduce America to his own brand of ginger beer. Similarly, John Martin, the owner of the floundering Smirnoff Vodka distillery, was in a bind as well. The two men were already good friends when they met at Morgan’s pub. And, when Sophie walked in with her solid copper mugs, as they say, the rest is history.
The trio spent hours developing a signature drink that encompassed the flavors of ginger beer, the punch of vodka, and the cold properties of copper. After a few failed recipes and several taste tests later, they stumbled upon the perfect mixture. Finally, the Moscow Mule was born! They marketed the cocktail, and soon it took off. From then on, vodka was a staple in the American cocktail scene. Now, while the copper mug might have been initially paired with the Moscow Mule for marketing purposes, it turns out the mugs had some interesting characteristics as well. Copper mugs help keep cocktails cool for longer and with less ice than a standard glass. Also, the copper reacts with the lime and ginger beer to give the Moscow Mule a ‘kick’.
Chevy’s New Mules
How cool is that? Well in the tradition of finding new flavors we are introducing two new Moscow Mules! One made with vodka and one with silver tequila. Check out our Black Fig mule and Arta Mexican mule!
♠ Black Fig Mule
A one-of-a-kind mix of black fig vodka and Chicago vodka with ginger beer and lime.
♠ Arta Mexican Mule
Arta silver tequila with ginger beer in traditional copper mule mug.