Thursday, July 12, 2018

You've Gotta Try the Mule Drinks at the Boot!

Our Lake of the Ozarks BBQ restaurant & bar knows how to perfectly smoke just about every type of meat over hickory, and we know how to make an amazing cocktail to go along with it too! In addition to the 21 different beers we have on tap at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Osage Beach, plus the many ice cold bottles of beer we keep in the cooler, we also have a fully stocked bar capable of mixing up all kinds of delicious drinks. 

One of these drinks, in particular, is the Mule. It's more commonly known as a Moscow Mule, but we've taken liberties with the original ingredients to make up a few of our own different delicious variations, so "Mule" covers them all nicely. Have you heard of a Moscow Mule? If not, get ready to get thirsty! 

The Original Moscow Mule
Contrary to what the name might lead you to believe, the original "Moscow" Mule was created in the United States, not Russia. In 1939, Jon G. Martin of G. F. Heublien Brothers out of Hartford, Connecticut, bought Smirnoff Vodka. (Not just a bottle, but the company.) Little did he realize at the time that Americans were not yet terribly fond of vodka, so the product proved extremely hard to sell. 

Luckily, he knew Jack Morgan, the owner of a Los Angeles pub named Cock 'n' Bull. Morgan was having trouble selling his own house brand of ginger beer. The two men decided to help each other out and come up with a drink combining the two along with a squeeze of lemon (more commonly a lime today) and the classic Moscow Mule was born. Moscow is a nod at the correlation of vodka to Russia, and as for the Mule, well, we're not quite sure how they came up with that.  

Martin traveled the country introducing bartenders to this new delicious cocktail. He added a copper mug as a publicity stunt, and once bartenders agreed to sell the drink, he took 2 Polaroids of them 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! (Brilliant!) 

Mule Drinks at the Boot
We took the classic taste of a Moscow Mule and added a few different delicious twists! Each one of these contains Missouri-made Ginger Beer and is garnished with a lime and an orange for added freshness and flavor. The difference is in the different liquors we use listed below.  

Moscow Mule
360 Vodka

Zesty Mule
Absolut Citron or Mandarin

Johnny's Mule
Effen Apple

The Highball Mule
Basil Hayden Kentucky Bourbon

Mango Mule
Finlandia Mango Vodka

Mexican Orange Mule
Patron Sivler & Patron Citronage Orange

Cucumber Mule
Ketel Cucumber & Mint

Which of those flavors sounds good to you? Any one of them would pair wonderfully with the best BBQ at the Lake of the Ozarks, so you really can't make a wrong decision! The next time you make your way to Wobbly Boots BBQ, consider giving one of these delicious drinks a try. It could become your new favorite go-to cocktail! 

4717 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

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