Along with multiple bottles of bitters and personalized barware, copper mule mugs are the must-have bar accessory this season. The traditional Moscow Mule—made of vodka, fresh lime juice and ginger beer—is refreshing and easy to drink. Serve it in a stylish vessel and voila, you’ve got a smash hit at the bar.
This version adds in some sweet, ripe mango, but still keeps the freshness of the lime and the bite of the ginger beer. Remember, ginger beer is different than ginger ale. It's not as sweet and has a sharper, stronger ginger flavor, which is key to making this drink work. Mule mugs or not, this cocktail is easy and always a crowd-pleaser.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, mango juice and lime juice. Shake until well-chilled. Strain into a cup mule mug filled with cracked ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wheel and a mango slice.