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Moscow Mules and the history of the Copper Mug

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Most people know that Moscow Mules, a cocktail comprised of vodka, ginger beer, and lime, are supposed to come in a copper mug. Some people don’t think it matters much what glass it comes in, and some people would consider it blasphemous to serve a mule in anything but! At Yamashiro, your Moscow Mule comes in an exclusive copper mug branded with the Yamashiro logo, and, like Yamashiro itself, the history of the cocktail is an interesting one.
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According to legend, the Moscow Mule was born out of a meeting of three people who had something to sell: John Martin, who recently purchased Smirnoff, needed to sell vodka; Jack Morgan, owner of the Cock n’ Bull pub on Sunset strip, was hoping to profit off of his side project of ginger beer; and a third unnamed friend mentioned her supply of copper mugs that she needed to discard. History says that at this meeting, the trio decided to put all three together with a squeeze of lime and subsequently launched a wildly successful campaign using photos of both celebrities and bartenders with the copper mugs. And a legend was born!
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The history notwithstanding, many say the copper mug is most practical to its cocktail pair. The copper quickly turns icy from the cold drink, maintaining a cool temperature for the chilled drink. Some even say the copper adds to the taste of the cocktail, but that is not widely agreed upon. Either way, we have to admit that the cocktail looks best in it’s famed glassware, and we won’t be challenging history any time soon! Join us at Yamashiro and try one for yourself. Want to add your opinion on the Moscow Mule and the copper mug phenomenon? Comment below!

April 24th, 2015 No Comments

We want to hear your stories!

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Calling all friends of Yamashiro!

This summer we are hosting a guest series on our blog, and that guest blogger is YOU. We love hearing your memories of weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, ladies nights, bachelor parties, and more–so much so that we want to know more. Do you have an unforgettable story that takes place at  Yamashiro? Do you have photos that you can’t help but want to share? From first kisses to 50th anniversaries, from embarrassing moments to the best moment of your life, we want to hear and see Yamashiro through the eyes of the people that make it all possible: you! Write it with a friend if you’d like, and feel free to get nostalgic on us. Long or short, funny or beautiful, we want to hear your story.

Send a write-up and your best photos to go along to yamashiro@ghost.la and you might find yourself featured in our weekly blog series! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

April 17th, 2015 No Comments

Favorite Instagrams this Month

It’s no secret that many people Instagram while at Yamashiro, but did you know that we were recently listed by Best Food LA as number 15 on their list of 50 most instagrammed restaurants? Whether it is photos of the view, the food, the cocktails, or of the loved ones they are dining with, our guests love to share their Yamashiro moments and we love seeing them all. This week, we’ve decided to share our favorite Instagram shots of the month, straight from all of you! Make sure to check out these Instagram users at the bottom of the page, and thanks for sharing your Yamashiro memories with the world. Keep sharing using #Yamashiro or tagging @yamashirola!

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Instagram photos, in order of appearance: @cdc.jpg, @dreamcatcher9, @it.suits.me, @pursuepleasure, @scarletandgraceweddings, @xoxohungrygirl, @cindygromero, @decent.exposure, @ohdimi

April 10th, 2015 No Comments