Moscow Mules

moscow mules

I like to think that given the opportunity, Oprah and I would be the best of friends. We’d drive across the country together, stopping at every rest stop to get beef jerky and blue corn tortilla chips. I’d teach her how to buy toilet paper and people would constantly stop us to get their picture taken. We’d follow the same diet trends, have our own book club, wear matching diamond pinkie rings and make coffee dates with Nate to look at wallpaper samples. While Oprah was off playing with her dogs, I’d hang out with Gayle and do a few sandwich tastings. The three of us would sit out on the veranda of one of Oprah’s fabulous mansions with stacks of magazines and a fancy bar cart full of Moscow Mules. I’d tell her how I wished I had my own traditional copper mugs for Moscow Mules and a man would appear out of nowhere with a box of 12. We’d get a little tipsy and I’d convince Oprah to get Donald Trump to personally deliver us a Trump turkey burger. It would be his second time eating that burger.

We would have such a good life together Oprah.

mixed

I realize that none of this will make sense to you if you aren’t an Oprah lover. The Moscow Mule is Oprah’s favorite drink. I can totally see why. The combo of lime, mint and ginger beer is so sweet, refreshing and thirst quenching that you might not even notice there’s vodka in the mix. In other words, this cocktail will go down EASY.  One drink and you’ll be imagining living the good life with the my pal, Oprah Winfrey. Trust.

And we’re off!

This is gonna be easy.

Ginger beer, vodka, simple syrup, lime & mint. That’s it.

ginger beer vodka simple syrup

Spoon out a little simple syrup.

simple syrup

Pour a shot of vodka into a glass of ice with that simple syrup.

VODKA

Add in your ginger beer, mint & lime and you’re on your way!!!

mixing

Now using your best Oprah voice, introduce a MOSCOOOOOW MUUUULE into your life.

Moscow Mules

Makes 2 drinks

(recipe from Oprah)
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 2 tsp. simple syrup
  • Fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)
  • 1 cup ginger beer
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • 2 slices of lime
In two copper mugs (if you HAVE THEM!), pour vodka over ice. Add simple syrup and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish each mug with a mint sprig and lime slice.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

59 Comments

say something
  • September 14, 2011

    mmmm! If only Ginger beer was easy to find in Japan… le sigh.

  • September 14, 2011

    I want this now. Yum!

  • Liz
    September 14, 2011

    This looks like something I could drink by the gallon!
    Alas, no ginger beer to be found in Germany either! :-(

  • September 14, 2011

    Yum! I’m so glad you posted a recipe for this I have some ginger beer left over from making Kentucky Bucks last week, and this seems like the perfect way to use it up!

  • Leah
    September 14, 2011

    I could definitely go for one of these right now! Question: is Ginger Beer alcoholic or does it just have a deceiving name, like Root Beer?

    • September 14, 2011

      no alcohol! it’s just like root beer but with ginger.

  • Kasey
    September 14, 2011

    Thank you for sharing this! When I studied in London 10+ years ago, there was a Smirnoff bottled Mule drink that was popular. It was good, but I’m sure the actual cocktail is much better!

  • Kim
    September 14, 2011

    Two things I would love to see you make/try……maybe you have tried them before……

    1. French 75

    2. Dark and Stormy

  • Kayla
    September 14, 2011

    This post was hilarious. I make up stories in my head about being friends with famous people too.. glad I’m not the only one! Now I need to try this drink..

  • Molly
    September 14, 2011

    1. I love your Oprah voice, Tracy. It makes me laugh every time I think about it.

    2. Can we please drink Moscow Mules at the retreat?!

  • September 14, 2011

    I L-O-V-E it when you do the Oprah voice on da podcast. It gets me every time.

    STEADMAAAANNNNNNNN

    ps–I love a Moscow Mule too. Yurm.

  • September 14, 2011

    heh. i made Moscow Mules after her episode with Gale in Yosemite aired too! YUM.
    Love this!

  • September 14, 2011

    I did not know this was Oprah’s drink! It’s my favorite summer drink and they definitely go down way too easy. We drink them in our white coffee mugs and feel super cool ;)

    • September 14, 2011

      Ummm. I’m totally trying that tomorrow!

  • September 14, 2011

    I’ve made several of these since you mentioned them a couple weeks ago! Addicted. What’s the deal with those copper mugs anyways?! Maybe they make the drink colder? At any rate, I omit the simple syrup ANNDDD use 1.5 oz of vodka for EACH drink because I’m wacky like that.

    • September 14, 2011

      Vodka over simple syrup ANY day!!!

  • September 14, 2011

    Hilarious intro! You cracked me up!

  • judy
    September 14, 2011

    sounds yummy… is one supposed to drink these while watching oprah before 5pm? just curious if oprah has any drinking rules. and… haha your road trip with oprah is a good one, i can picture you guys gnawing on some beef jerky together, that’s so sweet.

    • September 14, 2011

      Oprah would encourage 3pm drinking, no doubt!

  • September 14, 2011

    i love it when i already have all the ingredients in the house to make a new-to-me cocktail, thanks!

    • September 14, 2011

      High five for having all the good stuff waiting to be exploited!

  • Sofie T.
    September 14, 2011

    I can hear it now…while sipping Moscow Mules, you’d do your Oprah voice, and Oprah would do her Tracy voice… :-D

    Thanks for this easy recipe! I love Ginger Mules, so I’m sure this’ll become a favorite too.

  • September 14, 2011

    YUM I LOVE MOSCOW MULES!!!!! This looks so easy!

  • September 14, 2011

    Ha! I would like to join you at Oprah’s house, ok? I’m still sad I never got to go to a taping!

    PS: In England they have alcoholic ginger beer called Crabbie’s! It’s good!

    • September 14, 2011

      Oprah would love us. This I know.

  • September 14, 2011

    I looked up copper mugs on Amazon. They’re expensive! But I’m going to make some Moscow Mules at home anyways, I think my pint glasses are good enough. My current favorite drink is: Ginger Beer + Spiced Rum + a bunch of fresh lime juice. (I think this is would be a Dark and Stormy if it weren’t for the lime juice!)

    • September 14, 2011

      Riiiiight??? Dark and stormy is next!

  • September 14, 2011

    Haha – this post reminds me of that episode of 30 Rock when Liz Lemon is hopped up on pain killers and thinks she is sitting next to Oprah on the plane and becomes her bff. Which totally could happen by Moscow Mule #3 or 4! Cheers!

    • September 14, 2011

      I loved that scene!!

  • September 14, 2011

    totally love moscow mules also. i think i already said that when you showed a picture of them earlier. the copper mugs make all the difference, but i reckon a glass jar works at home, right??! totally need to get my drink on…

    • September 14, 2011

      Jars are just as good. Just sayin’

  • September 14, 2011

    Ooohh…I love the addition of mint to the Moscow Mule. They’re my favorite cocktail and I’ve never had mint in them. Thanks for sharing!

  • September 14, 2011

    I loved this :) :)
    Moscow Mules really are one of the greatest drinks ever – I’d say they’re just behind a Pimm’s Cup really!

  • September 14, 2011

    I barely followed the references as I watched Oprah like once a year but this was still my favorite post ever. Tell me you’re also not obsessed with the 30 Rock episode where Liz is all “I’ma call you back. I snitten next to Borpo”.

    • September 14, 2011

      Favorite episode ever….well that and the barefoot contessa one!!

  • Natalie C.
    September 14, 2011

    Tracy, I have thought several times this week that I want to make a Moscow Mule at home and then I saw this post! It’s a sign that I must get off my computer and go drink :) Love that you use the “Oprah voice” too btw

    • September 14, 2011

      Hahaha! You have no idea how often I use her voice in my head! Make these at home looooove them!

  • September 14, 2011

    Moscow mules you say?

    4 words: martins west redwood city.

    Go now – copper mugs and everything (and eat a bunch of scotch quail eggs there while you’re at it)!!

  • September 15, 2011

    Tracy, mint and ginger really make me think about summer. So, as autumn is now coming, this cocktail will be a nice way to say goodbye to sunny days :-)

  • September 15, 2011

    oh my god oprah voice.

  • September 15, 2011

    I, too, had flashbacks to Liz’s delirious Oprah encounter on 30 Rock. Love. And for what it’s worth, I think Oprah would think you’re pretty cool too, Mz. Tracy.

  • erinlucy
    September 15, 2011

    ooh i love these but i never knew that was what they were called. and all this time i thought oprah was drinkin some fancy drink!

  • Jessica W
    September 15, 2011

    Love! Just had one at dinner last night. Ginger beer is my new favorite mixer!

  • September 15, 2011

    HA! Oprah probably hasn’t bought toilet paper in 30 years! She’ll definitely need some lessons on it. My fav drink is a gin gin mule. If I’m desperate and only have vodka, I’ll totally make one of these. And Reed’s ginger beer is my all time favorite!

  • September 16, 2011

    perfect drink!

  • Lucy
    September 17, 2011

    This will totally be my drink for the upcoming summer. After tasting this I could totally be friends with Oprah too

  • vera
    September 20, 2011

    so i confess that i did not make these myself. but while i was out in SF this weekend i saw moscow mule listed at a bar. i was so excited because i had seen them here (i started squealing. at a full bar. im an adult. awkward). i proceeded to drink just a bit too many. thank you.

  • October 6, 2011

    I’ve never watched Oprah but I have to say, she has great taste in drinks! Are Moscow Mules like Long Island Iced Tea: sweet and with a kick?

  • Laura
    May 16, 2012

    I totally imagined your Oprah voice when you said: MOSCOOOOOW MUUUULE

    • Tracy
      May 16, 2012

      ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! with the Oprah voice.

Leave a reply

*
*

Trackbacks & Pings