Best Moscow Mule recipe

Make the Perfect Moscow Mule

The Best Moscow Mule recipe EVER!

Once You Taste a Mule You’ll Never Be the Same. The Moscow Mule has been around since 1941 but it’s riding a new wave of popularity since it was featured on Oprah, with people around the world feverishly typing in “What is a Moscow Mule?” in Google ever since.

Today we’re going to look at how to make your very own Moscow Mule but, more importantly, help you find the signature copper mugs the drink is served in that really gives it that extra kick it’s known for.

Once you have one of these you’ll be hooked, with Mule fans often vividly remembering the very first once they ever had.

What is a Moscow Mule?

The Moscow Mule is actually a really simple drink to make — here is the basic ingredient list for a Moscow Mule:

  1. 1 ounce vodka
  2. 1/2 cup ginger beer
  3. Lime slices
  4. Ice

Some people add sugar syrup, bitters, or various liqueurs but this is the no-frills traditional Moscow Mule recipe that devotees swear by.

Making Your Moscow Mule

That ingredient list looks simple but if you want the absolute best Moscow Mule in the world, you’ve got a little more work to do.

Two things separate Mule pros from Mule newbies: getting the right ginger beer and mixing and serving the drink in a copper mug.

The mug is absolutely necessary, both for style points and for the best taste as well. The Moscow Mule is a drink to be slowly savored, especially in the warm summer months.

The copper mug is perfect for that, keeping it absolutely chilled — plus you get added bonus points for drinking the Mule in the classic way it was intended.

Tips on Buying Moscow Mule Copper Mugs

Copper mugs are often impossible to find at your local stores so this is one purchase that’s definitely best to make at Amazon; you’ll also typically save 20-30% by buying your Moscow Mule copper cups online as well.

Notice that we said “cups”, plural. A good quality copper mug will cost about $20 and some people are tempted to start their collection by just being one or two.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that but a word of warning: there’s nothing worse than having friends over and introducing them to the awesomeness of the Moscow Mule, only to run out of mugs.

To avoid that tragedy we highly recommend you start with a set of at least four mugs. Aside from keeping your friends happy and the Mules flowing freely, many people enjoy drinking all sorts of other beverages from copper mugs, with some studies showing that it actually has significant health benefits as well.

Complete Kit at Amazon

Below you’ll find everything you need to buy to make the perfect Moscow Mule drink — minus the vodka, ice, and limes — at Amazon.
The mugs and ginger beer featured are the top choice of Mule fans around the world and you’re just a few clicks away from joining that elite club!

Mixing:

While any ginger beer will work, real Mule aficionados swear by the Fever Tree ginger beer, which can be found in some grocery stores and supermarkets as well as online.

What you want is a thick, pulpy ginger beer made in small batches that’s got some substance to it; avoid all “weak” ginger beers that have been overly processed and mass-produced and are a uniform, thin consistency.

Making a Moscow Mule is a snap. Fill your mug about half full with ice — preferably smaller pellets of ice but larger ice cubes work fine — and add the vodka.

For your first one take it slow and add 1 oz of vodka, but keep in mind that some Mule devotees use 2-3 oz in each Mule, as the 16 oz mugs do hold quite a bit of liquid and some find that 1 oz of vodka isn’t quite enough kick.

Cut a few slices of lime and squeeze it into the mug, dropping in a slice or two depending on your taste. Top off your mug with the ginger beer and stir the lovely creation gently.

Sit back and enjoy this upscale drink. That’s it; you’re done and the proud owner of a Moscow Mule!

The History of the Moscow Mule

Unlike some drinks whose origins have been lost, the Moscow Mule drink actually has an interesting history.

John G. Martin worked for Heublein Spirits and found himself with a lot of excess vodka on his hands when he convinced the company to buy Smirnoff Vodka in 1938.

The purchase looked good on paper but he ran into one big problem; Americans at the time didn’t drink much vodka.

In 1942 Martin was having dinner with Jack Morgan — the owner of the famed Cock ‘n’ Bull restaurant on Sunset Strip — when the two began discussing their mutual woes. Morgan had brewed a lot of ginger beer that no one wanted to drink while Martin was still trying to drum up a market in the US for vodka.

Combining forces (or, you know, excess inventory) Martin’s vodka was introduced to Morgan’s ginger beer and the Moscow Mule was officially born.

It’s been enjoying a recent resurgence in popularity, with the Mule making an appearance on Oprah as well as Esquire.

Best Apple Pie Drink Recipe

The Best Apple Pie Drink Recipe

Alcohol Infused Apple Pie Drink Recipe

I’ve been making this fantastic drink for the last few years. With help of friends and a lot of experimenting I have perfected this recipe. Apple Pie is an alcoholic drink mixed with Everclear, however due to the way Everclear is you barely can taste the alcohol.

It can be served hot or cold depending on the temperature outside. It warms you up great and the taste is to die for.

Ingredients:

The first thing you need to do when you are going to make this apple pie recipe is to gather all of the needed ingredients.

The list is as follows:

  1. 1 Gallon of Indian Summer Apple Juice (If not available pick something that isn’t motts or an off brand)
  2. 1 Gallon of Indian Apple Cider
  3. 8 Cinnamon 6″ Sticks
  4. 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract
  5. 1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon
  6. 2 Cups of Brown Sugar
  7. 1 Cup of Sugar
  8. 1 Liter of Everclear (If Everclear is unavailable in your state you can use 151 just add half a liter more to the recipe)
  9. 4 Fresh Apples (Honey Crisp, Granny Smith, Sweetango)
  10. 24 16oz Mason Jars (2 Packs of 12)
  11. 1 Sharpie

Time To Brew:

Step 1: In a large pot (large enough to hold about 2 1/2 gallons of liquid) pour in the gallon of apple juice, the gallon of apple cider, brown sugar, white sugar, and the cinnamon sticks.

Step 2: Bring the pot to a rolling boil on high heat. Stir until all of the sugar has dissolved itself into the liquid.

Step 3: Remove the pot from the burner and let it cool down. While cooling down add in the 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract and the 1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon and stir it a few times. Put a lid on the pot and let it cool for about 2 hours. It needs to be luke warm! Not HOT before you can continue to the next step.

Step 4: Pour in the Everclear or 151. If the liquid mixture inside the pot is still HOT the Everclear will evaporate. Make sure it is is only luke warm before pouring this in. Otherwise you will have non-alcoholic Apple Pie!

Step 5: Using a ladle take the liquid from the now cooled down pot and pour it into the mason jars. Fill them 3/4 full. Once all of the jars are filled cut up the 4 Apples into slices (you can use an apple cutter for this part) put a slice of the apple into the jar and then seal with the lid.

Step 6: Refrigerate if wanting to drink cold or heat for 2 minutes in the microwave for hot. Apple Pie Drink stays good for over a year if canned and sealed. Take a sharpie marker and write the date that you sealed the jars on the lid.

Prep Time: 15 Mins
Cook Time: 40 Mins
Wait Time: 2 Hours
Finishing Touches: 30 minutes

Total Time: 3.4 Hours

***NOTE*** If you do not drink alcohol but want to enjoy this recipe. Make it the exact same way just without adding the alcohol. You will love it and so will the kids!!!!!!

Drink Up & Enjoy!

The Apple Pie Drink is great for crisp fall days, cold winter nights, or as a cool off drink in the summer. Wrap bows and lace on them and give them as Christmas gifts. I know lots of people who absolutely love getting these as gifts. Each Apple Pie Drink is the equivalent to about 2 shots of regular alcohol so drink responsibly.

The BEST Jello Shot Recipe

jello shotsHow to Make (the BEST) Jello Shots

Jello shots are great if you’re in need something different from the traditional kamikaze or lemon drop.

Why not work your alcohol into a gelatin state, and serve chilled in small cups?

And, no. You don’t have to be a freshman on spring break to enjoy these shots. Nope. They can be enjoyed by most anyone.

So what is a jello shot anyway?

A jello shot is bite sized serving of regular jello with one additional special ingredient – that ingredient being alcohol. Although typically most popular among the college-aged crowd, jello shots can be welcomed addition to just about any party.

Just like your favorite jeans, jello shots can be dressed up or dressed down depending on your special event. You can keep things simple with these easy jello shot recipes or make your favorite mixed drink into jello with these mixed drink jello shot recipes.

Regardless of the recipe you choose, you can switch things up by the way that you serve your shots. Keep things casual with traditional plastic cups or get creative by serving your shots as fruit slices, in cocktail glasses, fancy jello shot cups or as jello jiggler shots.

Whatever your event, jello shots are the perfect thin to give your party a fun retro feel. Enjoy!

The great thing about jello shots is its versatility. You can flavor them with whatever flavor you’re craving, be it watermelon, lemon, strawberry, or even chocolate. Really, the possibilities are endless. Plus, you can determine how strong or weak you want the shots to be by adjusting the alcohol to gelatin ratio.

Most commonly used alcohol are rum and vodka, however, you can use almost any liquor of your choosing. Remember, though, the more alcohol you use, the stronger the shooter (duh!), and stronger the alcohol taste will be. So the more alcohol you choose to use, consider adding a bit more powder or water to counteract the strong alcohol flavor.

How’s it done?

Basically what you want to do is prepare jello as usual…boil water (the amount listed on your box) and stir in your powder until fully dissolved. Then add your cold water/liquor, and refrigerate.

The key to making great jello shots is how much liquor and how much cold water. If you use no cold water, then the shot will likely be too strong, so you’ll want to use some cold water with the liquor.

The recipe must be done correctly for the gelatin to set. If too much liquid is added, you’ll just be left with colored liquid. You must decifer how much alcohol to add, and then leave that much water out. Perhaps you want to combine the liquor and cold water in a measuring cup first and make sure the total amount combined is what the box asks for for the cold water portion.

Alcohol to Water Conversion:

30 Proof – 15% Alcohol – 1 Part Liq. 3 Parts Water
40 Proof – 20% Alcohol – 1 Part Liq. 4 Parts Water
50 Proof – 25% Alcohol – 1 Part Liq. 5 Parts Water
80 Proof – 40% Alcohol – 1 Part Liq. 8 Parts Water
90 Proof – 45% Alcohol – 1 Part Liq. 9 Parts Water
100 Proof – 50% Alcohol – 1 Part Liq. 10 Parts Water
150 Proof – 75% Alcohol – 1 Part Liq. 15 Parts Water
190 Proof – 95% Alcohol – 1 Part Liq. 20 Parts Water

Here’s what you’ll need to make about 30-32 1 oz. (standard shot size) jello shooter.

Jello Shot Ingredients

  • 1 Packet of flavored Jello of your choosing**
  • 3.5 cup of water
  • 3 oz. of alcohol of your choosing

What You Need

  • Jello packets in different flavors
  • Vodka, flavored rum, tequila
  • Vegetable cooking oil spray
  • Small plastic cups
  • Water
  • Measuring cup
  • Whisk
  • Kettle
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Shallow baking pan (optional)

Making Jello Shots

  1. Line up your small plastic cups on a tray. The plastic cups restaurants use for condiments are ideal, but normal picnic cups should be good, too. Paper cups can also work.
  2. Spray vegetable cooking oil inside the cups. A quick blast will do. You don’t have to worry about the oil affecting the jello’s taste—it won’t.
  3. Put a cup of water to boil. Nope, a water heater won’t do—you really need to boil the water to ensure the jello powder dissolves completely.
  4. Once boiled, pour the water into a mixing bowl. Put in a single of packet of jello. Use a whisk to dissolve all the jello powder so it won’t leave any sediments.
  5. Mix in ¾ cup of your alcohol and ¼ cup of cold water. Vodka is usually the alcohol of choice when it comes to jello shots, but there are alternatives. To recall favorite cocktails, you can try using tequila for lime jello (margarita), coconut rum and pineapple jello (piña colada) and rum with strawberry jello (strawberry daiquiri). You can also use flavored vodka to go along with its corresponding jello flavor.
  6. If you want an even more potent jello shots, you can make it 1 cup of alcohol with no cold water.
  7. Use a ladle to put the jello into the cups.
  8. If you want to make several batches of different jello flavors in one go and boil all the water you need, you will need assistance, since jello requires boiling hot water to dissolve properly. You can try making one batch of the same flavor at the same time instead of doing different flavors instead.
  9. Put the jello shots in the refrigerator. Do not put them in the freezer! Give them four hours to gel completely.
  10. If you find that your refrigerator won’t’ be able to hold trays of cups or a bunch of plastic cups inside, here’s an alternative: Ladle the liquid jello shots into a shallow baking pan, preferably the pans that can be stacked up on each other. Pop them all carefully in the refrigerator, and wait for four hours. Once they’ve gelled, take them out and use a bread knife or even a plastic knife to cut them into small squares. Empty the baking pans into punch bowls and leave a ladle ready. People can then just ladle the jello shots into their cups like any drink.
  11. You can try experimenting with the amounts of water and what you mix in your jello. For example, some people use two cups of boiling hot water added with a little less of a cup of fruit juice, and another less of a cup of flavored vodka. Just remember that the more liquids you put in, whether they are alcohol, water or juice, the greater the chance of your jello shots not gelling properly.
  12. Keep in mind that jello shots may pack a punch, so you might want to keep yourself from knocking back one too many.

Fruit Slice Jello Shots

A little slice of happiness. A fun alternative to the traditional shot cups is to make the jello into a slice of fruit. Oranges are the most commonly used peel, but any citric fruit will do. Keep in mind, however, that lemon and lime peels will force their flavor on your jello…so chose your mixes wisely.

Instructions:

Cut your fruit in half and scoop out the insides, being sure to not puncture the peel. Fill each half peel with your jello shot mix of choice. Chill until fully set, and then cut into wedges.

Other fun recipes to try:

Lime Jello – How can you not have fun when green jello is involved? Try one of these in your next batch of lime jello shots.

  • Bacardi Vanilla
  • Coconut Rum
  • Tequila
  • Apple Puckers
  • Rootbeer Schnaps and raspberry Vodka (tastes like bottle-cap candies)
  • Tequila and Triple Sec
  • Vodka

Pineapple Jello

Try these with pineapple jello:

  • Malibu Coconut Rum – Pina Colada!
  • Pineapple Malibu
  • Coco Lopez
  • Parrot Bay Rum
  • Blue hawaiian maui and vodka
  • Tropical Maui

Orange Jello

Try these with orange jello (also try making the jello in an orange peel):

  • Vanilla Vodka – orange creamsicle !
  • Peach Schnapps
  • Grand Marnier
  • Brandy
  • Amaretto
  • Irish Whiskey
  • Midori and Vodka
  • Orange Vodka

Strawberry Jello

  • Bacardi Grand Melon
  • Jagermeister
  • Banana Rum
  • Light Rum

Watermelon Jello

And with your Watermelon flavored jello:

  • Watermelon Bacardi
  • Midori melon liqueur
  • Malibu coconut rum
  • Watermelon pucker
  • Watermelon vodka

Other Combinations

  • Cranberry Jello and Vodka with a slice of lime stuffed in
  • Peach Jello and Peach Schnapps
    Peach Jello and bourbon
  • Mixed Fruit jello and dark rum
    Mixed Fruit jello and wilderberry schnapps
  • Green apple jello and sour apple pucker
  • Strawberry banana jello and Blue Hawaiian maui
  • Pineapple jello and cranberry jello with Malibu Rum
  • Cherry jello and orange jello with Captain Morgan
  • Lemon jello and lime jello with Irish Whiskey

Cherry Jello or Black Cherry Jello

  • Cherry Jello and Fire Ball
  • Cherry Jello and Cherry Brandy
  • Black Cherry Jello and Amaretto
  • Black Cherry Jello and Southern Comfort and drop a cherry into the cup
  • Cherry Jello and Smirnoff watermelon vodka

Grape Jello

Try these with grape jello:
  • Blackberry brandy
  • Vodka

Raspberry Jello

Try these with raspberry jello:

  • Banana Rum
  • Raspberry Schnapps