The latest collection of creative cocktails to be featured on our in-house drink menu are the perfect companion to any meal. You will find selections from a variety of different categories: Specialty Drinks, Frozens, Bourbon Avenue, Martinis, Classic Cocktails, and our incredible wine list. Today, we will be highlighting a popular classic that we have put a few of our own spins on - The Mule!
The Moscow Mule - NOT From Russia!
Contrary to what the name might lead you to believe, the original Moscow Mule was created right here in the good ol' U.S.A. In 1939, John G. Martin, of G.F. Heublien Brothers out of Hartford, Connecticut, bought Smirnoff vodka. Little did he realize, Americans were not too fond of vodka at the time and the product proved hard to sell.
Martin put his head together with Jack Morgan, the owner of a Los Angeles pub named Cock 'n' Bull, to come up with a way to move the vodka. Morgan's company produced their own house brand of ginger beer, which was also hard to convince customers to buy. In an effort to help each other out, they combined these two liquids, along with a squeeze of lemon, and a new cocktail was born. (Although today, you are more likely to have it with a squeeze of lime.)
Why the Copper Mug?
If you order a Mule drink, it's not authentic unless it is served in a copper mug. Many believe that this is because the copper keeps the drink the perfect, ice-cold temperature. While the copper mug does seem to make the drink much colder while you are drinking it, the original reason for the device was a publicity stunt.
Martin traveled the country introducing bartenders to this new delicious cocktail. Once sold, he would ask them to pose for a Polaroid picture holding the copper mug and a bottle of Smirnoff. One photo would be left at the establishment for advertisement, while the other picture was taken to the next bar to show off the fact that their competitor was selling this popular new drink, so they should too!
Mule Drinks at the Boot
Your favorite BBQ restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks offers an entire section of our drink menu that is filled with a unique variety of specialty Mule recipes. Every one of our Mule drinks is topped with Missouri-made Ginger Beer, then garnished with a lime and an orange for added freshness and flavor. Also, each one that you order will arrive in that infamous copper mug. Here are our versions of this classic cocktail.
- Moscow Mule - Made with 360 Vodka
- Zesty Mule - Made with Absolut Citron or Mandarin Vodka
- Johnny's Mule - Made with Effen Apple Vodka
- Fruity Mule - Made with Cruzan Coconut Rum
- The Highball - Made with Basil Hayden Kentucky Bourbon
- Rhubarb Mule - Made with Organic Rhubarb Tea Liqueur
- Mango Mule - Made with Finlandia Mango Vodka
- Seasonal Mule - Ask your server for the newest seasonal flavor option.
Any fan of the Mule will love our Wobbly Boots Roadhouse versions. If this is a brand new drink to you, then we believe ours will make you a fan. The next time that you stop in for a bit of the best BBQ at the Lake of the Ozarks, order up one of our Mule Drinks. An excellent compliment to an incredible meal.
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