Retail Therapy: Overboard Style

In the coldest days of Winter, it's easy to romanticize life at sea. To be free in the salt air? Sounds like heaven. Especially if you've got digs like this:

While there's no replacement for sailing, why not take a home bar and make it ship-shape?

1. Boating Flag Tom Collins Glasses. 2. Vintage copper ice bucket and tongs. 3. Vintage Moscow Mule copper mugs. 4. Gilt's "Raising the Bar' sale - starts 1/26/11. 5. Regatta Etched Old Fashioned Glasses. 6. Set of 29 Vintage Sailing Signal Flags.

Moscow Mule
2oz Vodka
1/2 to 1oz lime juice
4-6oz ginger beer

Stir above ingredients over ice in copper mug. Garnish with lime and mint sprig.

Notes: you'll notice that the Moscow Mule differs from the Dark and Stormy cocktail mainly by subbing in vodka for the rum. It's also different in presentation - while in the Dark and Stormy the rum is poured over the ginger beer to create the dark and stormy effect, the mule is simply served in the copper mug - showing you that affectation is important to most cocktails' lasting popularity.

You may up the ginger flavor and sweetness by making a simple syrup with a four inch piece of sliced ginger, one cup sugar and one cup water. Bring to a simmer, let steep, cool and strain.

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