Welcome to another round of The Martini Club! Today's guest is Aubrey Watt, author and lover of take-no-prisoners cocktails. She told me she loved this drink, so I checked it out. I learned a couple of things. First of all, a buck or mule is a cocktail made with ginger beer and citrus juice. This particular one was created in 1941 by the owner of the Cock 'n Bull Tavern in Los Angeles. It is usually served in a copper mug (see photo above). Hot damn....how cool is that! Ginger ale is okay, but if you have ever had fresh, home-made ginger beer, it will literally knock your socks off (they will fly across the room....really!).
Here's Aubrey with her cocktail....thanks, hon! :^)
Many thanks to Penelope for letting me offer my favorite recipe to the cocktail gods. The drink I’m sharing is one I discovered at Burning Man, and it’s tailor-made to cool you off during heat spells in the middle of the desert (or in the middle of a steamy romance)! Please note that this is a Burning Man recipe, so if you don’t want your cocktail party to turn into an alcohol-fueled orgy you might ease up on the vodka. Oh, who am I kidding, we all love cocktail orgies. Here it is:
1 part vodka
1 part ginger beer (Cock ‘N Bull is far and away the best brand of ginger beer for this drink)
Half a lime
Serve on the rocks in a copper cup; garnish with lime
Most of my stories are gay erotic romances, and I just finished up a series of short stories about gay cowboys that made me think of this cocktail in particular. I imagine my cowboys herding steer, baling hay, wrangling each other in the hayloft while sweat drips off of their rippling muscles. . . and then leaning back to enjoy a nice Moscow Mule in a copper mug. Mmm.
Cheers to The Martini Club, and I hope this drink cools you down after a hot read!
Here's the cover and blurb for Aubrey's latest book. Big thanks for the cocktail recipe!
A new western series that goes from steamy to scorching hot!
Cal’s work at the ranch is hard, and he’s not happy to be forced to hire on a city boy. But Brandon turns out to be more than Cal expected, and soon Cal is struggling with his newfound attraction towards his new ranch hand...