The weather has gone crazy on us. A few days ago we were peaking at around 17 degrees C (62 degrees F) and today it’s 39 degrees C (102 degrees F). It’s enough to get a girl in a sweat. Thankfully it’s Friday, cocktail day and today that cocktail is a refreshing Peach Moscow Mule.
We have friends staying with us who have been travelling around our fair land in a bus. They came bearing bags and bags of peaches and nectarines bought from stalls on the side of the road. Moving on in a few days to a new State, they can’t take this wonderful stone fruit with them so I’ve pulled up my sleeves and am creating recipes to honour them.
But first, a wee drink. Simple, refreshing with just enough sweetness, this Peach Vodka Mule is a twist on the traditional and always delicious Moscow Mule.
WHAT IS A MOSCOW MULE?
The Moscow Mule is famously – or infamously – the result over an over-abundance of ingredients…and copper mugs.
The story goes, after buying Smirnoff distillery, John G. Martin, head of Heublein & Brothers, found himself with a surplus of vodka. Meanwhile, his friend Jack Morgan – owner of Cock ‘n’ Bull bar in Los Angeles – found himself swimming in his own brand of ginger beer. One night, Morgan and Martin were hanging out with one of Morgan’s bartenders, Wes Price, who was also trying to get rid of product. “I just wanted to clean out the basement,” Price would say of creating the Moscow Mule. “I was trying to get rid of a lot of dead stock.” That dead stock was stock was Smirnoff of course, vodka and ginger beer.
And the copper mug? Drinks historian Ted Haigh says Morgan’s girlfriend, Osalene Schmitt, had inherited a business that made copper goods — hence, the mug.
Lucky for us the iconic copper mug helps keep our peach Moscow Mule drinks frosty and refreshing.
While today we are keeping things sweet and refreshing by adding muddled peach and mint to the Mule there are plenty of popular variations.
VARIATIONS ON THE MULE
Mexican Mule uses tequila instead of vodka.
Kentucky Mule or Horsefeather contains bourbon/whiskey instead of vodka.
Gin-Gin Mule or the English Mule mixes it up with gin instead of vodka
Cuban Mule or the Australian Mule uses rum instead of vodka while the
French Mule contains cognac.
But, if like me you love peach – try my roast peach and oatmeal vegan ice cream if you do – this slightly sweet, slightly spicy cocktail will surely hit the spot on a hot afternoon.
Happy Friday, friends.
Refreshing Peach Moscow Mule
- 50 ml vodka
- 1 peach ripe or even slightly over-ripe
- 1 handful mint leaves
- 375 ml ginger beer
- 1-2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- Muddle (smash) the mint and peach in the bottom of a mixing glass or if you're classy like me, a jar.
- Add vodka and ginger beer with a good squeeze of lime.
- Add a good handful of ice. Enjoy.