Moscow Mule: 9 Versions Miami Style
Legend has it the Moscow Mule was invented in 1941 by John C. Martin and Jack Morgan at the Los Angeles pub Cock ‘n’ Bull when cases of Smirnoff Vodka ( NOT from Russia…but actually distilled in Bethel, Connecticut ) and ginger beer were crowding the basement storage.
Wes Price, the bartender at the time, said he was just trying to clear out the basement.
At the same time, a Russian immigrant named Sophie Berezinski came to California with 2,000 copper mugs she had designed in her father’s copper shop in Russia. She carted them around L.A., trying to sell them “lest her husband toss them in a trash heap.” She found willing buyers at the Cock ‘N’ Bull who wanted something to make their drink stand out.
The original vodka of choice was US based Smirnoff, a tiny company owned by an almost penniless Russian ex-pat and purchased in 1939 by Cock n Bull owner John Martin where it would become the vodka of choice for a properly made mule for decades.
With that year in mind, 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the Moscow Mule and Miami is no stranger to the refreshing vodka based drink that is no longer limited to Smirnoff.
Here a few of local Miami Mules and the watering holes where they may be found:
Wynwood Mule- $12-
The hipster version of the Moscow Mule - named after one of Miami’s trendiest neighborhoods, the smoky Wynwood Mule come on draft and is served in a customized tin cup featuring the restaurant’s entryway mural.
Lime & ginger beer
Where: KYU 251 NW 25 St. Miami, FL 33127