Cocktail with a Kick: Cherry Hills Moscow Mule

Both Cherry Hills Country Club and the Moscow Mule enjoy a rather spirited history. And as the 92-year-old club prepares to host this year’s BMW Championship, it’s fitting that this classic vodka cocktail serves as the signature drink.

The BMW will be Cherry Hills’ 12th national championship, a run that began with the 1938 U.S. Open. The Moscow Mule dates back to the early 1940s and, served in its bespoke copper mug, became a high-profile drink order for Hollywood stars during the “vodka craze” that was sweeping the nation at the time of the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills.

Today the club is honored to carry on the 109-year-old tradition of the Western Open, now known as the BMW Championship. Clubhouse Director Terry Anderson says the “members still favor the classic drinks like vodka and specialty wines.”

Recipe: Cherry Hills Moscow Mule


• Fresh lime

• Ice

• 2 oz. Breckenridge Vodka

• Barritt’s Ginger Beer (to fill)


Squeeze three fresh wedges of lime in a large copper mug. Fill with ice. Pour at least 2 oz. of vodka. Fill rest of mug with ginger beer. Stir to mix.


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