July 3, 2020

Happy Hour Explorers: Ordinary Pub

ordinary pub happy hour
The bicycle on the door

After so much adventure, coming back home to catalog some of the great things about Savannah is relaxing–especially when it involves Happy Hour.

A single doorway on Broughton Street with a bicycle etched on the glass brings a thirsty Explorer to The Ordinary Pub. If this Explorer happens in Monday through Friday between 3 pm – 7 pm, deals are available. (The Ordinary Pub website says Happy Hour is seven days a week).

Ordinary Pub Happy Hour
Ordinary Pub is located at 217 W Broughton Street

Deals like $3 drafts, $4 wells as a double or 2 for 1, and then there are daily cocktail specials. When I visited, one of the $5 cocktail special was a Moscow Mule.

Who doesn’t love the bite of ginger combined with refreshing cold vodka? Especially when served in beautiful, vintage cans.

The atmosphere is relaxed, and in the swampy humid Savannah summer, spending an afternoon in the equivalent of an oversized wine cellar is delightful.

Ordinary Pub
Awesome change-up for a Moscow Mule mug

The restaurant does boast many daily specials, including things Taco Tuesdays and bottomless Sundays. There is usually a small sidewalk sandwich board in front of the bicycle-etched door to let customers know of whatever daily event they may encounter.

Moscow Mule

This recipe is sanctioned by the International Bartenders Association (IBA), and its units are in centiliters, which converts to 0.34 ounces. So direct from the IBA website, here is the Moscow Mule recipe:

  • 4.5 cl Vodka
  • 12 cl Ginger beer
  • 0.5 cl Lime juice, fresh
  • 1 slice lime in a highball glass

Which translates to:

  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Ginger Beer
  • 0.2 oz Lime juice, fresh
  • 1 slice lime in a highball glass
moscow mules at Ordinary Pub
Three Moscow Mules at the Ordinary Pub

A brief history: the Moscow Mule was never Russian. It was invented in Connecticut in 1941, by the guys who made ginger beer. It then was popularized years later in Hollywood at a bar owned by the guys who made the ginger beer. Not as sexy as some kind of McCarthy-era, Cold War spy smuggling over a cocktail recipe.

The signature copper mugs were paired up with the drink by chance. This time, there really was a Russian connection, as a Russian immigrant was selling her father’s copper mugs, actually made in Russia, and the bartender of the Cock N Bull in Hollywood (I am not making this up), put the drink in the mug. So between the copper mugs and the vodka (Smirnoff was the original brand used), I guess that’s why the drink is Russian.

Either way, refreshing on a hot Savannah day, and the Ordinary Pub’s version is delicious.

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