Master of the Mule Cocktail Competition with @KetelOne and @TheUSBG Orlando!

Ms. Cowan, Ketel One Vodka Regional Brand Ambassador. US East recently hosted the 1st Master of the Mule Cocktail Competition with USBG Orlando and Ketel One Vodka in Orlando. First place twist on the Ubiquitous classic crispy and refreshing, food friendly cocktail Moscow Mule earned bragging rights and a chance to compete for the Statewide Master of Mule Title.



We noshed out small bites from Santiagos Bodega, while sipping our share of hand-crafted Moscow Mule samples by our local talented bartenders at The Matador.

Brief history on Moscow Mule via Serious Eats:

Vodka may be the most prominent single spirit on the back bar today, but in the 1940s, it was a very different situation.

The story goes that in 1941, in an effort to market the then-exotic Russian spirit, executives from Heublein—then owners of Smirnoff vodka—collaborated with the owner of the Cock ‘n Bull Tavern in Hollywood to create this simple, memorable drink composed of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, served over ice in a copper mug. Wildly popular among the movie crowd in Los Angeles, the Moscow Mule caught on elsewhere.

Drum Roll!! and the Master of the Mule Orlando was none other than the talented Mr. Blake Jones for his beautifully balanced and spicylicious Green Blazer with Serrano Pineapple Syrup from one of the coolest water holes in town – The Courtesy.

1st Place: Blake Jones, The Courtesy

The Green Blazer: Ketel One Vodka, Green Chartreuse, Serrano Pineapple Syrup, Lime Juice, Q Ginger Beer

Courtesy Bar

2nd Place: Francisco Lopez, Guavate

Ketel Pome One: Ketel One Citroen, Pama Liqueur, Passion Fruit, Orange Juice, Q Ginger Beer


3rd Place: Justin Newman, Waldorf Astoria Bull and Bear

New Year, New Mule: Ketel One Vodka, Green Chartreuse, Ginger Syrup, Q Ginger Beer

Waldorf Astoria

Emma Kuhl, Slate

The Gamer’s Mule: Ketel One Vodka, Mountain Dew Reduction, Lemon Juice, Q Ginger Beer


Ismael Perez, The Woods

Raba Mule: Ketel One Vodka, Ginger Simple Syrup, Joven Mezcal, Lime Juice, Wasabi

Amanda Jones, The Matador

S.A. Garcia: Ketel One Citroen, Orgeat, Fresh Lemon Juice, Lavender Bitters, Q Ginger Beer


Justin Levaughn, The Ravenous Pig/ Kokino

The Goblin King: Ketel One Vodka, Passion Fruit Hibiscus Syrup, Crème de Violette, Angostura Bitters, Q Ginger Beer

Ian Carrey, Outriggers Tiki Bar

Purple Rain: Ketel One Vodka, Lavender Syrup, Lemon Juice, Muddled Fresh Ginger

The Woods

Photography by Michael Leoncio. Until next time, have a delicious day!!


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