We love mixed drinks almost as much as we love America, so we were extra relieved to learn the Moscow Mule was very American and not, as we initially suspected, a delicious brainwashing potion created by a certain shirtless, horse-riding Russian overlord.
Our research shows the Moscow Mule went from cellar dweller to celebrity socialite overnight by combining ginger beer, vodka, lime, and good ol’ American moxie.
In 1941, Vodka was unknown and unwanted in America. Smirnoff owner John Martin had to store his unsellable alcohol in the Cock N’ Bull, a bar owned by Martin’s equally bland-named friend Jack Morgan. In an effort to clear out the basement, the bartender began mixing Smirnoff with Morgan’s unpopular ginger beer in mugs from his girlfriend’s failed copper factory.
It was a risky move to toss a bunch of undesirable things together and re-sell it (scientists call this The Hot Dog Phenomena), but the strategy was an overwhelming success. Soon, every trendsetter in Tinseltown was posing for the Polaroid paparazzi with a copper mug in hand.
Sadly, nothing copper can stay, and when the Cold War hit in the 1950’s, true blue Americans began boycotting vodka, aka “Communist Tap Water”. The Moscow Mule faded into obscurity.
But today, over half a century later, the United States and Russia share a giant orbiting timeshare in outer space, and the only thing remotely Communist about vodka is how freely Smirnoff Ice bottles get shared on college campuses. The world is ready for the return of the Moscow Mule.
In addition to the original Cock N' Bull ginger beer, the Moscow Mule Crate includes a pair of authentic copper drinking mugs, Tovolo ice cube mold, 16 oz. mixed drink shaker, and measuring jigger, so you can enjoy one of America’s finest, definitely-not-Russian mixed drinks.
Mix it up the classy way, and taste the kick of the Moscow Mule.
In a sealed wooden crate with a laser-etched crowbar. No bow, no ribbons, no fluff, and absolutely no instructions.
06/29/2016 Debra Moscow Mule Crate 2
I don't think I've ever seen a bad review on this site and this was my 3rd order with Man Crates so I hate to be a downer but feel like the size of the mugs should be clearly labeled. My friend is a big fan of Moscow Mules. He has parties all the time and I noticed at the last one, someone wanted a Mule but he was out of mugs so decided to ensure he had some extras on hand. I was excited about the gift. When I finally made it over his house and saw the size of the mugs, I was wildly disappointed. They were really small. Kind of cheap / not what I was expecting, which in turn made me feel like crap about the gift I gave. Felt like they were sippy cups compared to the other ones he has. They were literally probably half the size. Sorry, guys. Everyone loves to receive and open a man crate... his experience was fine but the product could have been better.
06/12/2016 Chelsea Moscow Mule Crate 5
I purchased this as a birthday gift for my boyfriend. The gift itself was super cool and watching him try to get through the duct tape and the wooden box was the best part! I will definitely be buying more stuff from you guys in the future!
02/16/2016 Mary Slayden Moscow Mule Crate 5
My husband loves his Moscow Mule crate! Be careful opening the crate, you may puncture one of the cans of ginger beer like he did and make a mess. Definitely ordering more crates in the future.
01/14/2016 Jennifer Moscow Mule Crate 5
I ordered this as a Christmas gift for my boyfriend and he LOVED it! Definitely made a lasting impression with him! Came in 2 days right before Christmas and I didn't have to pay extra for shipping.
12/24/2015 Julie Moscow Mule Crate 5
Ordered this for a friend's December birthday. They loved it! Ducktape wrapping, prybar and a crate can not get more manly than that.
Will order again.
The only bad part of this whole experience was the shipping. When I ordered it I was told one date. I had to call to find out if it has been shipped and then was told a different date, because the delivery date had changed, I had to change the delivery address. Then FedEx lost the package after I had made the address change with them so It was delivered 2 days late. Will pay for overnight delivery next time.
12/22/2015 Renée Moscow Mule Crate 5
Crate came on time- I can't believe I got this in two days without paying any shipping at Christmas. My husband hasn't opened it yet but I'm sure he'll love the inside as much as I love the outside!
11/10/2015 Cassie Moscow Mule Crate 5
I got this as a birthday present for my boyfriend and he loves it! He even sent a picture to his buddies at work and they're jealous of it! One guy even forwarded the website to his wife! I will definitely be a returning customer - especially around Christmas for the guys in my family!