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Rosemary Grapefruit Moscow Mule in 5 Simplistic Ingredients

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The Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail that has been around since the 1940s, and it’s one of the most popular cocktails in the world. The combination of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice is a refreshing and delicious mix that has stood the test of time. However, over the years, bartenders have been experimenting with different ingredients to give the Moscow Mule a unique twist.

rosemary moscow mule

The Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail that originated in the United States during the 1940s. Its history involves a chance meeting of three individuals from different industries, which led to the creation of this now-iconic drink.

The story goes like this: In the early 1940s, John G. Martin, the president of G.F. Heublein & Brothers, a company that owned the rights to Smirnoff vodka, was struggling to introduce vodka to the American market. Vodka was relatively unknown and unpopular at the time.

At the same time, Jack Morgan, the owner of the Cock ‘n’ Bull bar in Los Angeles, had an excess of ginger beer that wasn’t selling well. To clear out his inventory, he decided to mix it with vodka and freshly squeezed lime juice. The concoction turned out to be quite tasty, but the cocktail needed a name and a vessel.

Enter Sophie Berezinski, a Russian immigrant who had inherited a large collection of copper mugs from her father, who was a copper manufacturer. She happened to be at the right place at the right time, and her copper mugs became the perfect vessel for the new cocktail.

With the collaboration of these three individuals, the Moscow Mule was born. They began serving the cocktail at the Cock ‘n’ Bull bar, promoting it with the slogan “The Smirnoff Moscow Mule. ‘I was there’ at the Cock ‘n’ Bull.” The drink’s popularity quickly spread, becoming a hit among Hollywood celebrities and contributing to the rise of vodka’s popularity in the United States.

The copper mug, which was essential in the original presentation of the cocktail, also played a part in its popularity. The metal mug kept the drink cool and enhanced the drinking experience. The combination of a unique serving vessel, a refreshing taste, and a clever marketing campaign made the Moscow Mule a successful and enduring cocktail.

Today, the Moscow Mule remains a popular and iconic cocktail around the world, often served in its signature copper mug and enjoyed for its refreshing combination of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. It’s a cocktail that stands the test of time and continues to be celebrated in bars and at home parties alike.

Rosemary Grapefruit Moscow Mule

One of the most popular variations of the Moscow Mule is the rosemary grapefruit Moscow Mule. This variation adds grapefruit juice and fresh rosemary to the mix, creating a delicious and refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for summer evenings.

The addition of grapefruit juice gives the cocktail a slightly bitter and tart flavor that balances out the sweetness of the ginger beer. The fresh rosemary adds an earthy and herbal flavor that complements the other ingredients perfectly.

To make a rosemary grapefruit Moscow Mule, you’ll need a few simple ingredients. First, you’ll need vodka, which is the main ingredient of the cocktail. You’ll also need grapefruit juice, lime juice, and ginger beer. Make sure to choose a high-quality ginger beer that has a strong and spicy flavor.

The secret ingredient of this cocktail is the fresh rosemary. It’s important to use fresh rosemary rather than dried rosemary, as the fresh herb has a stronger flavor and aroma. You can find fresh rosemary at your local grocery store or farmers market.

Finally, let’s smoke it! To really amp up the Rosemary flavor, we smoked it with, you guessed it, Rosemary Smoke Dust!

In conclusion, the rosemary grapefruit Moscow Mule is a delicious and refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a summer party or just looking for a refreshing drink, this cocktail is sure to impress. Try making it at home, and you’ll see why it’s one of the most popular variations of the Moscow Mule.

Rosemary Grapefruit Moscow Mule

Refresh your taste buds with our Rosemary Grapefruit Moscow Mule
Prep Time10 minutes
Keyword: ginger beer, grapefruit, lime, moscow mule, Rosemary, rosemary smoke dust, simple syrup, Vodka
Servings: 1


  • 1 pot to make simple syrup
  • 1 heat-resisent sealable container
  • 1 Cocktail Shaker
  • 1 Smokeshow Cocktail Smoker
  • 1 Butane Torch


Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 5-6 sprigs rosemary


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz Rosemary simple syrup
  • ginger beer to top

Garnish & Smoke

  • 1 sprig Rosemary
  • 1 pinch Rosemary Smoke Dust


Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • Combine ingredients on medium high heat. Let simmer for about 10 minutes. Allow time to cool, place in heat safe container.
    1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 5-6 sprigs rosemary


  • Combine all ingredidents except ginger beer in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into glass.
    2 oz vodka, 2 oz grapefruit juice, 1/2 oz lime juice, 1 oz Rosemary simple syrup

Garnish & Smoke

  • Smoke, remove smoker, and pour in ginger beer. Add garnish and enjoy!
    ginger beer to top, 1 pinch Rosemary Smoke Dust, 1 sprig Rosemary

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