Sunday September 23, 2012
Moscow Mule with Smirnoff
Vodka: Smirnoff Copper Pot Still
THIS was the drink that helped turn Smirnoff into not just the biggest vodka brand, but also the biggest brand of spirits in the world.
Back in 1941, John G. Martin, the owner of the American rights for Smirnoff back then, met Jack Morgan, owner of the famous Cock ‘n’ Bull Saloon. Together, they got the idea to mix the vodka with a ginger beer that Morgan was trying to launch at the time, and adding a dash of lime into the mix. Thus, the Moscow Mule was born.
Staying true to the origins of the drink, Ng made his Moscow Mule with Smirnoff, though he used a higher grade Smirnoff Copper Pot Still instead of the usual Smirnoff Red Label.
“The Copper Pot Still has more flavours in it (than the Red Label), and gives the drink a rounder, smoother flavour,” said Ng. “It also has a nice fruity and floral flavour, which creates a very good balance with the ginger beer.”
Sure enough, the overpowering flavour of the simple, refreshing drink may have been the ginger beer, but the smoothness of the Smirnoff Copper Pot Still vodka certainly gave it a lot more oomph compared to one made with the Smirnoff Red Label.