Lately I have been obsessed with creating different variations of the classic Moscow Mule. For those that are not familiar, the Moscow Mule is a cocktail consisting of vodka, ginger beer and a dash of lime juice. Born in 1941 in New York, it surged in popularity in Los Angeles and made a huge comeback a few years ago at bars and restaurants across America. Traditionally served in a copper mug, the Moscow Mule is easy to make and with a little bit of imagination, you can concoct some exciting twists on this classic.
Living in Tampa, I am blessed to be surrounded by several local distilleries and one of my favorites is Florida Cane. Known for their hand crafted, artisan spirits, Florida Cane Distillery is located very close to the bar I manage and I am a huge fan of their spirits. Offering vodka, moonshine and a recently launched gin, Florida Cane is a Tampa Bay gem. My absolute favorite of their vodka flavors is Plant City Strawberry. Smooth and easy to drink, it can be enjoyed on the rocks, with club soda, or with ginger beer which inspired me to share this recipe for the Plant City Mule.
The restaurant/bar that I manage is located walking distance from a community garden and we use of lot of fresh produce that is grown their for our cocktails. This vodka really shines in this drink and the addition of strawberries and fresh mint takes it to the next level. With the Florida Strawberry Festival and Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this cocktail is ideal. If you live in Tampa, you can find Florida Cane at most local liquor stores or even better, sign up for a tasting at the distillery and take home a bottle. Cheers!
- 1.5 oz Florida Cane Plant City Strawberry Vodka
- 1 can of ginger beer (I prefer Barrits)
- .25 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 fresh strawberry for garnish
- mint sprig for garnish
- Fill a copper mug with ice. If you do not have one, any glass is fine.
- Add vodka and lime juice, then fill glass with ginger beer.
- Using a bar spoon, stir to evenly distribute the lime juice.
- Garnish with a fresh strawberry and mint.
- For a skinny version of this cocktail, you can substitute diet ginger beer.