How to make a Gin Moscow Mule
A delicious gin variant of the classic Moscow Mule cocktail.
Did you know, the Moscow Mule is a marketing invention? Back in 1941 the president of the Pierre Smirnoff USA and the president of Cock 'n' Bull ginger beer were wracking their brains to come up with a ploy to kickstart the vodka market in the USA. Inspired by the new alliance that had just been forged with Russia, the men mixed vodka, lime and ginger beer, tried it, loved it and the Moscow Mule was born.
Or at least that's one story. The other is that the head bartender of the Hollywood Cock 'n' Bull Restaurant was trying to get rid of an unsold stock of vodka and ginger beer and created the cocktail to do this.
Either way, it took off like wildfire, helped by another marketing gimmick which was the copper cup. When the Pierre Smirnoff salesmen took to the road to meet bar owners, they took a stock of the cups with them and took photos of bartenders using the cups and making the cocktail.
We make the cocktail with Biggar Strength gin. Biggar Gin is a family business started and owned by two brothers, Stuart and Euan, from the town of Biggar in the Scottish borders. The enterprise and the product is the result of their small batch philosophy; the combination of tradition and innovation and a sense of place. Their small batch gin has a Biggar Mentality!
Their original gin is one of our favourites and won the London Dry Gin Category of the Gin Guide Awards in 2018, and the Navy strength is the logical progression from it. The original recipe relies on 3 local botanicals (rowan berry, rosehip and nettles) but for the navy they wanted to draw on an additional local botanical and finally went with the hawthorn berry. Traditionally used to flavour brandy, its berries are similar to cranberry in flavour and in dried form have a hint of apple. This gives a fruitiness with an underlying tartness to the gin.
This is another cracking gin from Biggar, serve with ice and an orange peel.
🍸 25ml ginger ale
🍸 15ml sugar syrup
🍸 15ml lime juice
🍸 A small handful of fresh mint leaves and a slice of lime, to garnish