The Moscow Mule has been a popular mainstay in American cocktail culture for decades. Invented in Manhattan, it's only Russian roots are in the vodka that it is traditionally made with. Nowadays, there are bars hosting "mule nights," copper mugs seem to be available everywhere, and Oprah has declared the Moscow Mule her favorite cocktail. So yeah, mules are pervasive these days. That being said, we are always on the lookout for new twists on classic favorites, which is why we think this Moscow Monkey is the perfect new way to try something new while still enjoying one of our old standbys.
We know some of you out there might be a little intimidated by scotch, or thinking why are we mixing scotch with sweet ginger syrup? A good way to introduce yourself to the world of scotch is to start with a nice blended whiskey, such as Monkey Shoulder. While single-malts can range in flavor from mellow whiskey flavored water to chewing on moss-covered used firewood, blended scotches tend to strike a nice balance in the middle, combining smoky, earthy notes with a smooth drinkability. Any pretentious scotch nerd will tell you that single malts should only be consumed neat or perhaps with one single cube of ice. While that may be true, a blended scotch can be enjoyed the same way, or can be added to cocktails to impart subtle qualities for the greater good.
Ginger also happens to be one of the most versatile flavors on the planet. Like the color black, ginger goes with just about everything. While it is still apparent, it, along with the lime juice, fades into the background behind the peaty, smoky flavor of the Monkey Shoulder.