Though its name might conjure images of cold Russian Winters, the effervescent moscow mule is one of my favorite warm-weather cocktails. Gaining popularity in the 1950s and '60s, the American-born drink started off as a way to promote vodka, which was still relatively unknown in the US.
A simple combination of vodka, lime juice, and the crucial topper of ginger beer — not the milder ginger ale — the moscow mule presents a cool, spicy contrast with every sip.
Photos: Nancy Einhart and Flickr User blmurch 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
Since the drink is often garnished with cucumber, I recently made a version with Effen's cucumber and vanilla flavored vodka, though regular vodka goes down just as easy. Learn how to make a moscow mule.
2 ounces vodka
4 to 6 ounces ginger beer
Cucumber and lime for garnish
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice