3 Must-Have Recipes To Celebrate National Moscow Mule Day

Last year, we traveled to Plainfield, Illinois, the very unlikely home of Smirnoff Vodka. That’s right, the iconic vodka with the very Russian name is actually made in America and has been for more than 80 years! And it was also an American who came up with the very first vodka cocktail, the Moscow Mule.

Way back in 1941, John G. Martin was the president of Heublein, an alcohol company that held the rights to Smirnoff at the time. One fateful day he found himself at The Cock’n Bull, an iconic pub on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, with owner Jack Morgan. Martin was trying to figure out a way to get Americans, who preferred brown spirits, to drink vodka. At the same time, Morgan was having trouble getting his customers to drink his very own ginger beer.

So the pair teamed up, combining Martin’s Smirnoff No. 21 vodka with Morgan’s Cock’n Bull Ginger Beer and a spritz of lime in a copper mug. The Moscow Mule was born.

More than 75 years later, Moscow Mules are more popular than ever. So much so, in fact, that Smirnoff has declared March 3 National Moscow Mule Day. And while the original cocktail is just as tasty as ever, it’s certainly not the only mule to enjoy this weekend.

Check out the original recipe as well as two refreshing twists on the classic — one featuring blood orange and the other pineapple — below and be sure to toast John G. Martin, Jack Morgan and American ingenuity!

The Original Moscow Mule

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· 1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21

· 4 oz Ginger Beer

· Squeeze of Lime

Combine Smirnoff No. 21 & ginger beer over ice in a copper mug. Add a squeeze of lime and enjoy!

The Blood Orange Moscow Mule

Courtesy of Karly Gomez from A Simple Pantry

· 1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21

· 2 oz Blood Orange Juice

· 4 oz Ginger Beer

· ½ oz Lime Juice

· 1 tsp Pomegranate Arils

· 2 Mint Leaves

In a copper mug, add the mint leaves, lime juice and vodka. Add ice, then pour over the blood orange juice and ginger beer. Stir gently and garnish with sliced blood orange, mint leaves, and pomegranate arils.

The Pineapple Cilantro Moscow Mule Punch

Courtesy of Karly Gomez from A Simple Pantry (Serves 9-12)

· 2 cups Smirnoff No. 21

· 3 cups Pineapple Juice

· 4 cups Ginger Beer

· 3 cups Chopped Pineapple

· 1 cup Chopped Cilantro

· 1 Lime

In a pitcher add the chopped pineapple and cilantro. Cut the lime in the half and squeeze it into the pitcher, then drop the lime remains into the pitcher. Slowly stir in the pineapple juice, followed by the ginger beer and vodka. Pour over copper mugs filled with ice and enjoy!