For those of you who are fans of the classic Moscow Mule, you are in for a real treat today! And those of you who are not yet Mule fans, I’m hoping to convert you. 🙂 Often when a classic cocktail is updated, it’s called “improved”. Since Moscow Mules are one of my all time favorite cocktails, I don’t necessarily think it needs “improving”, but I do love swapping out flavors for seasonal favorites and also I just love trying new things.
We partnered with Smirnoff Vodka to create a special twist on the classic Moscow Mule using their Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka as the base spirit in this delicious and slightly surprising variation. Alongside the ginger (from the ginger beer), there are also notes of coffee and cinnamon with a big splash of freshly squeezed orange juice. Mmmmmmm.
1 can/bottle of ginger beer (approx. 8-9 oz. depending on brand)
1 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
1 oz. coffee liqueur
1/4 of an orange, squeezed
1 cinnamon stick for garnish
Also, you’ll need a copper mug if you want to have the real Moscow Mule look. 🙂
Fill the cup 2/3 full with ice. Pour in half to 2/3 of the ginger beer. Then add Smirnoff Vodka, the coffee liqueur, and squeeze in the orange juice. Give that one or two good stirs, then fill the rest of the way with the remaining ginger beer.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick and another orange wedge or a piece of the rind. Might as well make it pretty!
-The copper mugs I own can hold 16 oz. of liquid (this is if you do not add ice, just liquid). If you do not use this size of cup or glass, you will likely need to adjust the above recipe to fit your needs.
-I used a jigger to measure the vodka and coffee liqueur here, as mine has two cups with one measuring 1 oz and the other 1.5 oz. If you use a shot glass to measure instead, be aware that usually a shot is 1.5 oz. So a bit more than you need here. This would be fine for the vodka, but on the coffee liqueur, I’d be sure to use a scant amount in a shot glass. Otherwise the flavor could overpower everything else, and we’re aiming for balance here.
Happy cocktail making, guys! xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.