a moscow mule and finally fall

I have been looking forward to this first official weekend of fall.

Though it will still be close to 90 degrees outside – with humidity to match – I’m going to pretend that we’re having autumn here in north Florida. I plan to sit in my rocking chair on my front porch, listening to the wind chimes, even if I have to turn on the porch ceiling fans to make some cool breezes. I might decorate the front steps with some pumpkins, although they’ll soon begin to decay in the heat and will have to be replaced in a week or so. There might be chili or a hearty stew on the stove at some point. I’ll send my kids on a colored-leaf hunt, and they’ll manage to find one or two leaves that have turned the faintest shade of orange.  I think I’ll bake something. Maybe another pie – pumpkin, maybe? – or perhaps a cheesecake.

I’m planning to enjoy this weekend, no matter what life throws my way.

I might even celebrate with a cocktail. A Moscow Mule would hit the spot perfectly. It’s not a classic fall drink, but it’s certainly refreshing and suitable for our warm weather.

I associate this drink with Gail – for no other reason than she’s the one who clued me into this cocktail. It’s very simple to make and doesn’t require many ingredients, two requirements for an easy and low-key cocktail hour. For me, the hardest part of putting this drink together was finally figuring out that ginger beer is not actually beer flavored with ginger.

Don’t make this with beer flavored with ginger. Trust me on this.

Yield: 1 drink

Moscow Mule


1 1/4 ounce vodka
1 teaspoon simple syrup
1/2 lime
4 ounces ginger beer


In a tall, chilled glass, add vodka and simple syrup. Fill glass with ice, then squeeze the lime over the ice. Drop the lime half into the glass and top with ginger beer. Stir well with a stirrer. Enjoy.

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12 Responses to “a moscow mule and finally fall”

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    Gail — September 23, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    I’m SO delighted that you like this drink! I adore it! For extra ginger flavor, I infuse fresh ginger in my simple syrup.

    Lifting my glass and toasting to you! xoxoxo

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    LiztheChef — September 23, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    I discovered this cocktail over the summer and use the same ginger beer…Fall comes late to San Diego, usually around Halloween, so I have time for another Moscow mule 😉

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    Winnie — September 23, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    I thought of Gail the second I saw the title…she’s the one who clued me into the Moscow Mule, as well. I bet this would be really tasty with the ginger lemongrass simple syrup I made recently…

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    Kate @ Savour Fare — September 23, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    If you like that, you should try a Dark and Stormy. Even better, you should fly to Bermuda and try a Dark and Stormty THERE

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    Jen — September 23, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

    How about a pumpkin cheesecake?

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    jenn — September 23, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    Think I need to mosey on down and take a crash course in cheesecake making from you. It’s one of the very few things I’m afraid to try to cook. I think it’s the springform pan. It frightens me.

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      Merry-Jennifer — September 23, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

      That is a scary pan, right? I still get nervous about cheesecakes, mostly because I want it to look perfect. Don’t feel bad.

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — September 23, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    I love a Moscow Mule too and kept my distance for too long because I thought it was made with that other beer. You know, real beer. But this I love.

    I’ve started a Happy Hour Friday on my blog…would love your addition to our submissions this week!


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    Paula — September 23, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

    I’ve never heard of a Moscow Mule nor did I know what constituted Ginger Beer. Thanks for this post and the fabulous picture of your cocktail. If it was warmer here I’d be running out looking to by some authentic Ginger Beer to make one.

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    Jamie — September 27, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    You have me smiling, chuckling and nodding my head with memories of the Florida seasons: summer, summer, summer and cool. I actually miss it. So, yeah, this Mule would be just the thing!

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