There’s a bar in Northeast Portland that is the epitome of sexy. It’s small, dark, intimate, yet with high ceilings so it truly feels romantic versus suffocating. It’s the kind of place where whispers are followed by either sly smiles or shocked expressions, and laughs are full body movements, the kind that happen when you’re fully engrossed in conversation with the person/people right in front of you.
I’m talking about my favorite bar in Portland, Oregon: The Secret Society. And, they make the best Moscow Mules in town.
I don’t get to The Secret Society as often as I would like, but those Moscow Mules still linger in my mind. For the times you want to recreate an intimate night at home with your sweetie, or when you have some good friends over and the occasion calls for cocktails, here’s a delicious Moscow Mule recipe to warm you right up.
Classic Moscow Mule
Moscow Mule is basically vodka + ginger beer + lime juice. It was invented 1941 by “Jack” Morgan, President of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products (including ginger beer) and John Martin of G.F. Heublein Brothers, Inc., an East Coast spirits and food distributor. Martin used to ask bartenders to pose with a copper mug when he traveled across the country promoting Moscow Mules; hence, you will often see these drinks served in copper mugs.
To modernize this tasty classic in line with today’s trend of barrel-aged cocktails, I used a very special vodka: Oak by Absolut.
Oak by Absolut
Oak by Absolut is a brand new vodka that is a trifecta of taste in one bottle: a mix of classic Absolut vodka, barrel-rested vodka, and vodka rested on oak. The result is a darker vodka with a richer, smoky flavor, and subtle caramel notes. It’s only available in a few select markets in the United States, including my lucky hometown of Portland, Oregon.
- 2 parts vodka
- 5 parts ginger beer
- 3-4 drops bitters
- lime juice
- Lime wedge garnish
- Pour all ingredients into either a copper mug or a highball glass. Fill with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge. Sip with a sly smile.