Summer Sips – The Transfusion and The Moscow Mule

I am not a huge booze hound and this is mostly because I have two kids to keep alive, but I am, however, also, still alive and enjoy a little cocktail here and there.

My brother-in-law Carl, introduced the Transfusion to me and the rest of my husband’s family at a big family reunion a few years back. It rocked my world… it combines all of the happiness of the grape popsicles of my childhood with all of the happiness of the vodka of my adulthood. It is tasty and super refreshing.

I love the Moscow Mule for so many reasons… 1. It is an authentically American cocktail, 2. It is easy to make, 3. It requires you to drink out of a copper mug and 4. It is perfect on a hot summer day.

I was going to choose one of these cocktails to be my summer cocktail of 2015, but I think both will suit my various summer moods and outfits.

Here is the history of the Moscow Mule, lifted directly from Wikipedia:

The cocktail was invented in 1941 by John G. Martin of G.F. Heublein Brothers, Inc., an East Coast spirits and food distributor, and “Jack” Morgan, President of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products (which produced ginger beer) and proprietor of the Cock ‘n’ Bull restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles popular with celebrities.[1][2][3][4]
George Sinclair (2007) quotes from an article run in the New York Herald Tribune:
The mule was born in Manhattan but “stalled” on the West Coast for the duration. The birthplace of “Little Moscow” was in New York’s Chatham Hotel. That was back in 1941 when the first carload of Jack Morgan’s Cock ‘n’ Bull ginger beer was railing over the plains to give New Yorkers a happy surprise…
The Violette Family helped. Three friends were in the Chatham bar, one John A. Morgan, known as Jack, president of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products and owner of the Hollywood Cock ‘n’ Bull Restaurant; one was John G. Martin, president of G.F. Heublein Brothers Inc. of Hartford, Conn., and the third was Rudolph Kunett, president of the Pierre Smirnoff, Heublein’s vodka division. As Jack Morgan tells it, “We three were quaffing a slug, nibbling an hors d’oeuvre and shoving toward inventive genius”. Martin and Kunett had their minds on their vodka and wondered what would happen if a two-ounce shot joined with Morgan’s ginger beer and the squeeze of a lemon. Ice was ordered, lemons procured, mugs ushered in and the concoction put together. Cups were raised, the men counted five and down went the first taste. It was good. It lifted the spirit to adventure. Four or five days later the mixture was christened the Moscow Mule…[5]

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