Oprah’s Favorite Drink Owes Its Restoration to Her

Oprah's Favorite Drink
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According to the general history of the non-traditional cocktail drink, the Moscow Mule was created sometime in 1941 in New York City, just before World War II kicked into high gear for the U.S. With a combination of lime juice, ginger beer, and premium vodka, the simple drink mix came took off soon after its inception. It became a standby at hotels and bars across the city within a short amount of time. Drank like coffee in a copper mug, the concoction combines the coolness of ice in a metallic container, which only enhances the cold temperature. Add in the vodka for the base and the carbonation of ginger beer; the drink is a fizzy package of enjoyment with a kick. It’s finished with a lime wedge or spiral for a garnish.

However, that early popularity didn’t necessarily keep the drink at the top of the charts, so to speak. As people came back from World War II and settled in with the first of suburbia and American life in the 1950s, things moved on to other ideas.

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A Good Idea Buried in Time

So, the Moscow Mule floated around. Older generations remembered the drink was oftentimes served in the afternoon for sipping and genteel chats, particularly on warm days and for outdoor sitting. But it was no longer called for in the evening parlors and nightclubs.

Fast forward a few decades later, Oprah Winfrey has become extremely established now she’s in her stride. Her shows are extremely popular, and she moves into lifestyle recommendations and starts detailing her favorite things that she enjoys. Lo and behold, the Moscow Mule makes a return.

The Power of the Right Suggestion

To understand the power of Oprah Winfrey’s suggestions, one has to be familiar with her shows. Winfrey began by competing on the bruising Chicago networks. By the time she began to appear on an afternoon talk show on national networks, she had already cut her teeth for years, but many felt she was still a wild risk in a TV field that was already dominated by serious players like the Donahue show, for example.

As Oprah’s success became her brand, her followers expanded exponentially. And they also became a captive market for her advice, opinions, and suggestions about what to try. It didn’t hurt that Oprah also became extremely famous for her lavish gifts to her audiences, especially on the holidays. And, in the midst of that massive popularity tidal wave, Oprah began pitching the Moscow Mule.

Give It a Try, You’ll Agree Too

Today, the Moscow Mule is a well-known favorite again, and on hot days people are still sipping it on their balconies. However, the Moscow Mule drink is also a popular demand in bars and nightclubs as well. It stands out, offers a different spin on a cocktail, and it’s a discussion starter. That’s a win-win definitely, and it’s also a good reason why everyone should try a Moscow Mule themselves too.