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