Whether you find yourself at a trendy, upscale bar with leather upholstered stools, or a beer-soaked tavern in a seedy part of town, you can count on the fact that you’ll be able to order a Moscow Mule. Sure, one might be made with house-made ginger syrup, and the other with watered down ginger ale, but you’ll most definitely receive some combination of ginger, vodka, and lime.
Sweet, spicy, and a little tart, the Moscow Mule has experienced a major comeback. It’s typically served in a sleek copper mug topped with a mint sprig and lime wedge, sometimes touting a slender spoon or stirrer. This summer, sip it while roasting s’mores by a bonfire, or pair it with smoky, barbecued meats. Below is everything you’ll need for serving flawless Moscow Mules, plus a delicious recipe from renowned bartender Michael Neff of N.Y.C.-based Holiday Cocktail Lounge.
2 oz High West Vodka 7000’ Peach ($37; winewisegreenwich.com)
1/2 oz Pickett's Ginger Beer Concentrate ($16; taldepot.com)
2 1/2 oz soda water
Juice of 1/4 lime
2 dashes Angostura Bitters ($6; jet.com)
Fresh peach or lime wedge, for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a tall glass full of ice. Stir very gently to combine. Garnish with a piece of fresh peach, if you have it, and a lime wedge if you don't.