One of the things I love most about cocktails is the glassware. In fact, K has forbidden me from buying any more until we get a china cabinet. That means every time I go to any store it is a struggle for me to not buy some adorable glasses I just have to have for some drink or another. I mean, if you are going to make a hurricane I think you should have a hurricane glass! So when I got into Moscow Mules awhile ago I knew I had to score some glasses. K was kind enough to buy me the beautiful copper mugs you see in the photos below so that I could properly enjoy this spicy, gingery concoction.
After having some Moscow Mules in a couple different restaurants, I realized I didn't actually like Moscow Mules all that much, I really just liked the cups! Ginger ale and ginger beer have never been my favorites and adding vodka, a flavorless spirit, to the mix didn't really excite me. Instead, after I got the cups at home I found myself never using them. I made K add more and more lime to try and brighten it up but I wanted something more. One day I suggested adding pineapple juice and the Polynesian Mule was born!
As readers know I love rum and therefore all things Tiki so pineapple juice was a natural addition for me. Lots of acid from the lime and the sweet yet tart bite of the pineapple perfectly complement the sharp taste of the ginger beer. Using a smooth vodka is definitely recommended as well, my usual low priced brand is Svedka, but I prefer Absolut (Swedish vodka for life!).
Serving in a copper glass is recommended but not required. Serving it over crushed ice is.
2 oz vodka
3 oz ginger beer
1 oz pineapple juice
Juice of 1 lime
Garnish with lime and pineapple wedges
Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour ingredients over ice and mix. Garnish with lime and pineapple wedges.
Imagine you are on a beach in Tahiti!