The weather just got really nice here and now, suddenly, it feels like summer. This is excellent, mostly, except that the warm weather is going to shorten the lives of the world’s most perfect colored tulips, which are growing around the tangerine tree in my front yard.
On the upside, the fruit trees are all budding up and looking glorious.
Sorry, I digress. I can’t help it–it is really nice outside. So…getting back on point…the warm weather made me think of making a Moscow Mule, aka Vodka Buck. This drink was invented in the early 1940s and was very popular in Hollywood during that decade. The lore of its invention says that when it was created, the inventors said that the drink “lifted the spirit to adventure.” It is spicy and refreshing and the perfect thing to drink while sitting in your garden watching the tulips in all their withering glory.
Minted Moscow Mule
- 1/2 cup
- 1/4 cup
- 2 TBLS
mint simple syrup
- Juice of 2
- To make the mint simple syrup, combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and several sprigs of mint in a pan. Heat gently until the sugar dissolves. Let cool.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine ice, ginger beer, vodka, simple syrup and lime juice. Stir well.
- Pour (with the ice) into two glasses. Garnish with mint sprig and lime wedge. Feel a sense of adventure.