What should we order if not a Moscow mule on our next trip to your favorite, slightly grungy, just-woke-enough neighborhood bar? Eric Trueheart urges you to go “interesting” with your cocktail choices.
“If you’re craving ginger, try the Diablo cocktail,” Trueheart suggested to Mashed, “with a base of tequila and some creme de cassis.” Forbes writer Elizabeth Karmel is on board. “The highball was so refreshing and delicious that I couldn’t stop talking about it,” she raved in an article. If a Diablo isn’t for you, and ginger’s still your thing, order a Dublin Mule, says Trueheart. This cocktail “swaps out the vodka for the more complex Irish Whiskey.”
Perhaps the ingredient that had you hooked on the Moscow mule was its vodka content. If that’s the case, and you “don’t want to take the serious plunge into a martini,” Trueheart thinks an “old-school Harvey Wallbanger” might be for you. This cocktail “adds some Galliano liqueur to the classic screwdriver mix.” The Harvey Wallbanger was once so popular as to earn a seat as a write-in candidate in the 1972 presidential election, as per Wine Enthusiast. High time for a comeback, we say.
Finally, if none of Trueheart’s other suggestions are up your alley, “try a Sea Breeze,” he told Mashed. This drink “blends grapefruit and cranberry juices into a cocktail far more tropical than anything they have in Moscow.” Perfect, in other words, for summer weddings.