• Nick Veale

Copper Cups and Cocktails: A Cock'n'Bull Story

The History of cocktails is full of interesting tales one of my favourite being that of the creation of a Moscow Mule. As always with history and in particular the history of alcohol there are some different accounts of the story.

Perhaps it's best we settle in with a cocktail before we hear the story.


Moscow Mule

45ml Smirnoff Vodka

15ml Lime Juice

Fill with Capi Ginger Beer

Fill a Copper Mug with cubed ice then build the ingredients into the cup. Garnish with a Scorched Lime or a nice lime wedge and enjoy :)

Feel free to substitute the Vodka and ginger beer to brands that you have available. Smirnoff pays homage to the origins of the drink and Capi is by far the best ginger beer I have found readily available in Australia so far.

If you don't have a copper mug yet, you could make this in a highball glass but the it won't be the same drink. The metal really does a job of getting and staying extra cold which really adds to the drinking experience. Plus you feel so fancy!

Cheers and enjoy!

And now for our Story

The plan was simple. Market Vodka to America and make ALL the money.

In the 1930's a man named John Martin bought the rights to Smirnoff Vodka. He bought it from another american named Rudolf Kunett who had purchased the rights from the Smirnoff family earlier in the decade. The plan was simple.

Market Vodka to America and make ALL the money.

The trouble was that the Americans at the time drank whiskey and beer. They didn't like Vodka's lack of colour or lack of taste and aroma. Alledgedly a common joke was that "Vodka was Russian for Horrible"

Needless to say John Martin had his work cut out. At some point he met a man named Jack Morgan who was the owner of the Cock'n'Bull pub in hollywood. Jack was in a similar position as he had a load of ginger beer made up for his pub. No one was buying that because at the time Ginger Ale was the popular mixer in the states. No one was buying his ginger beer.

In a final stroke of fate Jack Morgan's girlfriend Ozaline Schmidt had inherited a copper factory from her father that made copper mugs. On night the three met up at the Cock'n'Bull pub to come up with a drink to sell Smirnoff Vodka.

The rest as they say, is history.

John Martin is quoted saying he's not cetain where the name came from, "but I imagine it had to do with the kick"


Are you Still with me? Then lets make another drink.

Merlot Mule in Copper Cups

Merlot Mule

45ml Vodka.

20ml Lime Juice

15ml Ginger Merlot Syrup

Top Capi Spicy Ginger Beer

Add the first three ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake 4 or 5 times (know as a short shake) To quickly chill and mix without too much dilution.

Strain into your Copper Cup with Cubed Ice and Top with Ginger Beer. Garnish with a Scorched Lime.

Merlot Ginger Syrup

Yeild Aprox 200ml Syrup

100g Red Wine

50g Buderim Ginger Marmalade

75g Caster Sugar

  • Add a small pan to a kitchen scale and zero it. Weigh out the ingredients

  • Put the pan on a medium heat, carefully bring it up to the boil.

  • As you start to see bubbles turn off the heat and stir to ensure the marmalade is incorporated.

  • Leave to infuse for 5-10 minutes or to taste.

  • Strain, bottle and store in the fridge.

Feel free to use an off wine for this one, its a good way to recycle wine that would otherwise have been thrown out!

Let me know what you think about this drink in the comments below, like this history lesson let be known there too!





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