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Indy’s Top Five Moscow Mule Twists

Countrified
American Ass at Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery, 702 Virginia Ave., 317-653-1806, hoteltangowhiskey.com

Think Russian Standard vodka is for commies? Settle in at this Fletcher Place distillery and savor the smooth drink spiked with house-distilled vodka.

 

Dignified
Spicy Texas Mule at North End Barbecue, 1250 E. 86th St., 317-614-7427, thenorthendbbq.com

This Tex-Mex version gets its twang from ginger beer cowboyed up with chipotle agave nectar, plus a finish of habanero bitters. The result: a bracingly cold Tito’s vodka cocktail in a copper mug with a subtly smoky finish.

 

Smoked
Mezcal Mule at La Mulita, 5215 N. College Ave., 317-925-0677, lamulitaindy.com

This is the Marlboro Man’s order: strong and smoky thanks to Mexican mezcal standing in for vodka. You’ll smell it before you taste it, and then you’ll taste it for a while.

 

Red MuleEnergized
Red Mule at Tini, 717 Massachusetts Ave., 317-384-1313, tiniontheave.com

For those who have been scarred by a bad nightclub experience with Red Bull, rest assured this won’t be a replay. The energy drink’s acidic flavor pairs well with the mule’s standard lime for an extra-fruity, extra-boozy, dance-all-night elixir.

 

Sweetened
Indiana Mule at JW Marriott Lobby Bar, 10 S. West St., 317-860-5800, jwindy.com

Raspberry syrup tints the Indiana Vodka a blush color and lends the light cocktail extra sweetness. Don’t eat the crystallized-ginger garnish, but do dunk the plump raspberries into the drink and nibble away.

 

 

Fernandez began writing for Indianapolis Monthly in 1995 while studying journalism at Indiana University. One of her freelance assignments required her to join a women's full-tackle football team for a season. She joined the staff in 2005 to edit IM's ancillary publications, including Indianapolis Monthly Home. In 2011, she became a senior editor responsible for the Circle City section as well as coverage of shopping, homes, and design-related topics. Now the director of editorial operations, she lives in Garfield Park.
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