There is a family of mixed drinks called mule cocktails, a somewhat outdated name for beverages based on a spirit mixed with ginger flavor (be it beer or ale) and a splash of citrus. For many, this brings to mind the Dark and Stormy or the curiously named Moscow Mule (and why Moscow? The vodka). The Moscow Mule was invented in the 1920′s to mask the flavor of vodka for an American audience to make it more mainstream – a rather successful endeavor. The unique glassware for the Moscow Mule is the signature copper mug, irresistible to sticky-handed bar patrons and therefore a rarity in the bar scene. But no matter what your glassware or liquor (try it with tequila!), just add lime and ginger beer and enjoy a refreshing cocktail with a little zing.
Mules in Manhattan (and Brooklyn):
The Standard Grill – This is where you’ve coveted those copper mugs – their signature Penny Drop drink. Their version is a straight forward Moscow Mule with a name change to reflect their penny-speckled floors.
duckduck – Like the Standard, you’ll find copper mugs here, but unlike it, you’re in a dive bar far away from Meatpacking, and that $8 price tag is looking pretty good.
Ginny’s Supper Club – The Harlem Mule heads up their cocktail list, featuring Japanese whiskey with the extra touch of basil.