Fruit has lent its unique flavors and sweetness to cocktails for decades now, but it’s always possible to further update a classic recipe with a new twist. At Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge, we’ve served the iconic Moscow Mule drink for quite a while, so we decided to give it an update with four new varieties designed to delight the senses. Learn about the history of the original drink and how to make your own Asian Pear Mule at home.
The History of the Moscow Mule
This drink dates back to the 1940s and is traditionally served in a copper cup or mug. It’s unclear if the drink was created by a bartender or the owner of a ginger beer company, but regardless of who mixed it up, it became a popular drink that enjoyed a second boom in popularity around 2007. The combination of sweet and spicy ginger beer, neutral vodka, and sour lime juice makes it a great cocktail to enjoy with a meal or on its own. Moscow Mules are part of a drink family known as the bucks or vodka bucks, which is where the mule part of the name originates.
Shinto’s Unique Twist on Cocktails
Of course, over 70 years of making the Moscow Mule the classic way leaves plenty of room for experimentation. That’s where Shinto’s four new additions to the cocktail menu come in. We’ve created unique cocktails that pair well with all of our dishes:
- Tropical Punch
- Asian Pear Mule
- Sugar Island Mule
- California Mule
Give each one a try, or start with the original Moscow Mule if you’ve never tried it yet.
Making Your Own Cocktail at Home
We’re so excited about our Asian Pear Mule cocktail that we’re happy to share the recipe with all of our diners and visitors who are 21 and older. It’s easy to mix up your own drink (copper mug optional) when you have a few ingredients on hand. Fill two glasses with crushed ice to near the top. Add three ounces of a pear flavored vodka to each glass, then top with eight ounces of hibiscus ginger beer. A splash of club soda is advised to help blend the flavors, and you can garnish each glass with a slice of a fresh Asian pear to complete the drink.
Don’t feel like hunting down flavored vodka and specialty ginger beer just to enjoy a unique cocktail? Stop by and see us at Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge and let our bartenders mix you up a drink instead.