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The Mezcal Mule is a delightful twist on the classic Moscow Mule. This unique cocktail marries the smoky depth of mezcal with the zesty kick of ginger beer and lime, creating a drink that explores the rich tapestry of flavors that the world of mixology has to offer.
To truly appreciate the Mezcal Mule, it’s essential to understand its roots in the Moscow Mule. This iconic cocktail was created in the United States, back in 1941, during a time when both vodka and ginger beer were becoming increasingly popular. The story goes that two individuals – John Martin and Jack Morgan – came together to create a drink that showcased their respective products: Smirnoff vodka and Morgan’s Cock ‘n’ Bull ginger beer. The Moscow Mule was born, characterized by its simple yet refreshing combination of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, typically served in a copper mug that became synonymous with the drink.
The Mezcal is a distinctive Mexican spirit that forms the heart and soul of the Mezcal Mule. Unlike vodka, which is known for its neutrality, mezcal is renowned for its smoky and complex flavor profile. Made from the roasted hearts of agave plants, mezcal carries the essence of the earth and fire from which it originates. Its smokiness is the result of traditional production methods, including the use of underground pits for roasting the agave, which imparts a unique character to the spirit.
The mezcal used in a Mezcal Mule introduces an entirely new dimension to the cocktail. The smoky notes of mezcal blend perfectly with the spicy ginger beer, creating a depth of flavor that lingers on the palate. This smokiness, reminiscent of a campfire under the starry Mexican sky, adds complexity and intrigue to the otherwise straightforward Moscow Mule formula.
To bring the Mezcal Mule to life, the addition of fresh lime juice is crucial. The tartness of lime balances the smoky and spicy notes of mezcal and ginger beer, creating a fun interplay of flavors. The lime also adds a touch of brightness to the cocktail, making it a well-rounded and refreshing drink.
To further enhance the Mezcal Mule’s complexity, some variations incorporate a hint of sweetness. This can be achieved with a touch of agave nectar and passion fruit puree, which complements the smokiness of mezcal while softening the overall profile of the cocktail. This sweetness adds depth and dimension, making the Mezcal Mule a truly multidimensional experience for the palate.
45 ml mezcal
22.5 ml Fresh lime juice
22.5 ml Passion fruit puree
15 ml Agave Nectar
Ginger beer, to top
3 cucumber slices
Garnish: lime wedge and mint sprig
In a cocktail shaker: muddle 3 slices of cucumber with the agave nectar.
Fill the shaker with ice, and add the mezcal, fresh lime juice, and passion fruit puree.
Shake for 10-12 seconds, until chilled.
Strain the mix into a copper mug filled with ice.
Top with ginger beer.
Garnish with a lime wedge and mint sprig.