A Truly Magnificent Cocktail - The Moscow Mule

There is a wonderful variety of delicious drinks available from the bar at our Lake of the Ozarks fine dining restaurant. Among these is the popular classic cocktail - the Moscow Mule. In addition to the original recipe, our bartenders here at JB Hook's have also come up with a few delightful variations.


Mule Drinks at JB Hook's
We offer quite a few delicious Mule cocktail choices to enjoy along with your meal or on its own while you listen to live music in our bar area. These are not a part of our Happy Hour drink specials, but they do pair nicely with those half-price Happy Hour appetizers.

The New Mule
Absolut Lime, fresh lime juice, and Gosling's Ginger Beer

Strawberry Mule
Absolut Vodka, strawberry puree, fresh mint, fresh lime juice, and Gosling's Ginger Beer

Johnny Green Apple Mule
Effen Green Apple Vodka, fresh lime juice, and Gosling's Ginger Beer

Black Cherry Mule
Effen Black Cherry Vodka, fresh lime juice, and Gosling's Ginger Beer garnished with a maraschino cherry

Louisville Mule
Maker's Mark Bourbon, fresh lime juice, and Gosling's Ginger Beer

Dublin Mule
Jameson Irish Whiskey, fresh lime juice, and Gosling's Ginger Beer

The Original Dark and Stormy
Gosling's Black Seal Rum, fresh lime juice, and Gosling's Ginger Beer


The "American" Mule?
Although the name of this tasty cocktail is the "Moscow" Mule, it was created right here in the United States. John G. Martin of G.F. Heublien Brothers out of Hartford, Connecticut decided to buy the Smirnoff vodka company in 1939. Much to his despair, he soon found out that Americans were not terribly fond of vodka, making it an extremely difficult product to sell.

Martin discovered that the owner of the Cock 'n' Bull Pub in Los Angeles, Jack Morgan, was also having a very difficult time selling his restaurant's house brand of ginger beer. The two men decided to combine the vodka and ginger beer, along with a squeeze of lemon juice, in an attempt to create a drink that customers would be interested in giving a try. It worked, and the new cocktail soon became a huge hit. 

A new version of that story came to light in 2007 where Morgan's head bartender, Wes Price, claimed to have invented the drink recipe while trying to get rid of stock from the pub's cellar that wasn't selling. Either way, both stories agree that the drink did originate at the Cock 'n' Bull. 


That Shiny Mug
Today, a Mule is most often served in a copper mug with a squeeze of lime juice rather than lemon. That copper mug is not out of necessity but rather became a tradition after a publicity stunt by Martin. He traveled the country introducing this brand new cocktail to bartenders and he always served it to them in a copper mug.

Once he convinced them that their bar simply had to carry it, he would take 2 Polaroid pictures of someone from the bar holding a bottle of Smirnoff and a copper mug filled with a Moscow Mule. One photo was left at the business for them to advertise with, and the other he would take to the next bar to show off the fact that the competition was selling this popular new cocktail, so they should too!


If you've been searching for a new go-to cocktail, give one of the fantastic Mule drinks at JB Hook's a try the next time you are here. The Moscow Mule became a classic for a good reason, and the way we mix them at our Lake of the Ozarks seafood & steak restaurant, we know you're going to love them! 


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