Kyiv Mule with Pristine All-Natural Vodka
Apr 06, 2018
Introduced Kyiv Mule tips it’s hat to the creator’s of the world’s best, all-natural vodka. It has reawakened to become a popular cocktail once again today.
All-Natural Vodka is Right at Home in the Kyiv Mule.
This is actually the cocktail that started it all! With the vodka boom in the USA, the invention of this beverage was pure capitalism. When John G. Martin, president of a company called Heublein Inc. and Jack Morgan, a bar owner who was also responsible for Cock’n’Bull products, met in the New York Chatham hotel, they were discussing their dismal experiences of selling Vodka and Ginger beer in the US. And then suddenly “boom” – the idea was born, what about the combination of two unsuccessful products which could be the hit of a new promotion campaign?
The ice was ordered, and a few minutes later glasses were raised and the first attempt at this legendary drink, consisting of all-natural vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice was made. It was really refreshing and tasty. Spirits rose and after four or five cocktails the mixture was perfected and christened the ‘Kyiv Mule.’
There was probably someone else at that table that night who couldn’t sell copper mugs.
So the copper mug became the signature container for serving this new drink. Martin went around the country promoting the Mule together with Vodka and his Ginger beer. He asked bartenders to pose with a copper mug and a bottle of vodka. Two pictures were usually taken with his Polaroid camera. One was left at the bar for display and the second one was taken for the collection and proof for the next bar along the way.
The drink was extremely popular in Los Angeles among Hollywood stars. There was no known celebrity who wouldn’t enjoy the Kyiv Mule at some point in the Cock’n’Bull bar. From casino owners to authors, everyone was hooked on this new trend.
Nowadays pouring the Kyiv Mule into something other than a copper mug is like eating sushi without chopsticks.
2 ounces of Pristine all-natural vodka
½ ounce of fresh lime juice
3 ounces of the best quality possible ginger beer
Lime wedge, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker three-quarters full of ice, combine Pristine Premium Vodka and lime juice and shake about 15 seconds until chilled. Strain into a copper mug, filled with crushed ice. Top it off with ginger beer and garnish with a wedge of lime.
The research of that time showed that only 7,000 out of 14,000 New Yorkers preferred to taste alcohol in their mixed drinks. So maybe the Mule’s popularity was just a consequence of market research and a good plan. No one knows for sure, but what can be better than pure ingredients mixed in cocktails? And what can be better for the Moscow Mule than Pristine Premium Vodka?