by Norris Comer

MuleFor those of us who’ve frequented a cocktail bar recently or enjoy the concoctions of a mixologist friend, different “mules” (often served in their iconic copper mugs) have taken hold as a libation mainstay. The trend appears to have started with the reemergence and slight reinvention of the Moscow Mule, a popular cocktail in the 1940s through 1960s. Now Mexican Mules, Kentucky Mules, and more are emerging, seemingly everyday.

But what is a mule, exactly? A mule is simply the vintage name of a family of historic mixed drinks that involve ginger ale or ginger beer, citrus juice, and a base liquor of choice. Did you know that, allegedly, the Missouri Mule was created in honor of President Harry S. Truman? Mule was wordplay for the Democrat Party donkey mascot. Also traditionally known as a buck, these simple, light, refreshing drinks have June written all over them. Tweak this base recipe with your favorites and, who knows, maybe you’ll create the honorary drink of the current administration.

• 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
• 2 ounces of liquor (vodka = Moscow Mule, tequila = Mexican Mule, bourbon = Kentucky Mule, etc.)
• 4 to 6 ounces of ginger beer
• Ice
• Optional lime wedge garnish (various mules also call for orange slices, lavender, jalapeño slices, and more. Get creative!)

Directions: Simply fill drinking cup with ice, mix all the ingredients together, and pour cocktail into the ice-filled cup. Ideally, one will drink from an iconic copper mug.

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