Looking for an easy cocktail for fall? I recommend the Moscow Mule. It's light, spicy, and refreshing, and only contains three ingredients: ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice.
Like many other old-fashioned cocktails, the Moscow Mule was created by importers who had too much stock in something. In the 1940s, an importer named Jon Martin got together with Jack Morgan, the owner of Cock N Bull Tavern in Los Angeles and a struggling ginger beer franchise. It is said that the men combined Morgan's Ginger Beer with Smirnoff vodka, and christened the drink the Moscow Mule for Smirnoff's Russian origin plus the "kick" of the ginger beer. The cocktail was a hit and some say it was responsible for sparking Americans' taste for vodka.
Perhaps vodka drinks aren't that cool right now. Some mixologists say that vodka has gone out of fashion because it's characterless, unlike spirits such as gin or bourbon. But just because something is unfashionable doesn't mean it doesn't taste great. And for sheer ease, you can't beat a vodka-based drink.
From Imbibe magazine.
(Makes 1 drink)
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. fresh lime juice
4 oz. ginger beer (I like Reed's)
Pour vodka and lime juice into ice-filled glass. Add ginger beer, stir and garnish.