Russian Troll

If this drink sounds like it may be adjacent to a Moscow Mule thats because it is.  Swapping out dark rum for the vodka and adding some extra ginger kick is what makes this drink perhaps better than the usual mule.  The naming inspiration comes from none other than our current political climate which includes Russian social media hacking and all kinds of other shenanigans we would all like to forget about over a drink or two, or three.  

 A better mule, the Russian Troll amps up the ginger and uses good ol' rum instead of flavorless vodka.  

A better mule, the Russian Troll amps up the ginger and uses good ol' rum instead of flavorless vodka.  

2 ounces dark Jamaican rum or Jamaican style rum such as Appleton or Plantation

1 ounce fresh lime juice

A few pieces of candied ginger

5 ounces strong Ginger Beer

Optional: 2 dashes Orange Bitters  

In a tall cup, blend rum, lime juice and candied ginger together with a stick blender.  Pour mixture into your mule mug, top with ginger beer and add a few large ice cubes.  Garnish with lime and more candied ginger.  

Pictured above are the essentials besides the rum.  On left, is an example of a very potent Jamaican style ginger beer, fresh lime and ample candied ginger.  Right is the rum, candied ginger and lime combined with a stick blender which really makes this recipe work.  Use the tall cup from the blender to prevent liquid sloshing up over your mule mug.  Then, pour blended mixture into your mug.