Tipsy Tuesday – Austin Mule

A cocktail made with… You guessed it! Tito’s…. Ok, ok, I’m jumping the gun. Let me begin by telling you about the origin of this cocktail and how I created the Austin Mule… It all began with a cocktail called the Moscow Mule? Heard of it? Well, no worries, most haven’t and those who have still have no idea what it is. The Austin Mule is a take off the famous Moscow Mule, which was the first vodka cocktail created in the United States.

The Moscow Mule was created in Manhattan in the 1940’s.  At this time, vodka was new to the bar scene. Gin was the favorite clear liquid of the time and cocktails in general were gaining in popularity.  Vodka had been brought over from Russia.

John G. Martin (an East Coast spirits and food distributor) and John “Jack” Morgan (President of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products – which produced ginger beer) came up with the creation.  They were both in desperate need to sell their products (Vodka & Ginger Beer). They were in the Chatham bar in New York’s famous Chatham Hotel, discussing their products when they came up with the Moscow Mule (Lime Juice, Vodka, and Ginger Beer).

In an effort to market this cocktail to further sell their products they special ordered copper mugs so their drink would stand out in bars. John then bought one of the first Polaroid cameras and would take pictures of famous people drinking the cocktail in the signature copper mug holding a bottle of vodka. He would show these images to bar owners to get them to sell the drink.

During the 40’s and 50’s when someone would order a Moscow Mule, the bartender would ring a bell to alert all staff and locals that there was “copper on the floor.”  This prompted everyone to watch the copper mugs until they returned safely to the bartender when finished because so many people stole the copper mugs.

So why the Austin Mule?  Why not? Russia is not the only place in the world to make amazing vodka. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is gaining popularity and is considered one of the smoothest vodkas around, continually winning accolades. Based out of Austin, it only made sense to use this vodka in place of a Russian counterpart. Instead of Ginger Beer, I decided to deconstruct it in order to create a fresher flavor with more of an impact. Make this drink, tell the story and impress your friends!

The Good Stuff:

  • Ÿ  3 pieces sliced Ginger
  • Ÿ  1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • Ÿ  3/4 oz Lime Juice
  • Ÿ  1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • Ÿ  2 oz Tito’s Vodka
  • Ÿ  Soda Water
  • Ÿ  Copper Cup
  • Ÿ  Mint Sprig

The How To:

  • Combine Ginger, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice and Simple Syrup in a shaker. Muddle well to break down the ginger.
  • Add vodka and shake well without ice.
  • Fill copper cup 3/4 full of ice and strain over.
  • Top with Soda Water and stir.
  • Add sprig of mint and serve.
  • And don’t forget to yell, “Copper On The Floor!!!”




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