|Ryan Dettra: Moscow mule|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
Prior to 1940 Vodka was virtually unknown in the USA. A single cocktail and the legend of its creation led to the Vodka boom of the 1940s and 1950s.
The story begins in 1939 when a nearly broke Russian, Rudolph Kunett, sold the Smirnoff brand to John Martin, head of G.F. Heublein & Bros. Martin found that it was difficult to market a tasteless spirit in the United States.
In 1941, Martin visited the [filtered word]’n’Bull Pub and struck up a conversation with the owner Jack Morgan. Morgan had a large amount of his ginger beer sitting in the basement of the bar.
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