Moscow mules and 'Gordito' mugs

One of the best cocktails I've tried lately is a Moscow Mule with ice in one of our 'Gordito' copper mugs. Perfect drink for any party! I learned that its name is coming -obviously- from the vodka that’s in the cocktail. But there's an interesting story behind it. Back in the 1940s, vodka was an unpopular liquor on the American cocktail scene. Taking a leap of faith, John G. Martin had bought the U.S. rights to the French Smirnoff brand in 1939. He soon found that he could not sell his vodka. Nobody in the US was interested in drinking it. As Martin was lamenting his inability to sell his vodka at a bar in L.A., the owner, Jack Morgan told him that he was having the same problem with ginger beer. Coincidentally, another businessman was at the bar complaining about the huge amount of copper mugs that couldn't sell either.

So, with a few drinks under their belt, they tried this new cocktail to solve all their problems and came up with the Moscow Mule:  a vodka and ginger beer cocktail served in copper mugs. The cocktail was a success and vodka was accepted in the American cocktail scene. So thank the Moscow Mule next time you order a vodka! 

And here goes our recipe for the Moscow Mule, to be served chilled in one of our 'Gordito' mugs:

Moscow Mule Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Russian Standard Vodka
  • 4 oz Premium Ginger Beer
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice (or squeeze half of a lime)
  • Garnish: Wedge of Lime
  • 'Gordito' Copper Mug

How to Make Your Moscow Mule:

Add ice to copper mug followed by the Russian Standard vodka and a slight squeeze of the lime wedge. Top with premium ginger beer and garnish with a fresh lime wedge. Sip and enjoy! 

A tropical garden in Coconut Grove

Coconut Grove is known for its tropical lush vegetation, and for those feathered neighbors, the wild peacocks, which you can see everywhere.

 We could not find a better location to shoot the new nature-inspired additions to our collection. Our friends M&L have the most wonderful garden in their house, it’s so beautiful! So, when they agreed to let us do the photo shoot there, we started packing and rushed to the car!

 The tablecloths that we portrayed in this photo shoot are inspired in the wonderful vegetation and marine life we have in South Florida.

 Our ‘Under the sea’ tablecloth is a unique addition to any table. It features fish, and corals, aka a snorkeler’s dream. We love it for brunches or dinners al fresco. Our gold fish candleholders do the rest of the magic.

 Everyone loves our ‘Sea Coral’ tablecloth! You can combine it with red or fuchsia napkins to make the blue pop even more. We chose the surfer chargers for a perfect sea inspired combo.

 The ‘Banana Leaf’ tablecloth is tropically perfect for Miami. It goes great with our ' Surfer' charger or  ‘Simple Gold’ charger and with our ‘Gordito’ copper mugs. 

 Thanks to my love, Fer for taking on the photographer duty, and a huge thank you to M&L for letting us stage their garden.