Moscow MuleSadly the Moscow Mule has little connection to the home of bears on unicycles, aside from the common perception of vodka being a Russian product. It is perhaps badly named as a cocktail, since it is not a conventional cocktail, as it is served in a copper mug. Interestingly, the Moscow Mule cocktail made vodka a popular alcohol, even though it wasn't by far the first drink that contained vodka. While the Eastern Europeans used to, and still do, drink vodka pure, the Americans questioned what they were to do with such an ingredient, and so they ventured to create a cocktail out of it.
Initially, the Moscow Mule became popular in Western America — most notably in Los Angeles, and then spread across the country as is often the case with pretty much anything. The addition of the ginger beer is preferrably those available from Jamaica, which tend to be spicier. However, this is not a necessity, and is only a personal preference of many. Worryingly, the copper mugs that the Moscow Mule is commonly served in have a tendency to disappear out the doors of the tiki bars, and therefore Moscow Mule highball glasses were introduced as a replacement, which already reduced the authenticity of the Moscow Mule.