A classic vodka cocktail with sweet and spicy ginger beer with a touch of lime. Learn how to make the traditional mule and customize it to your liking.
I’m having a serious addiction to ginger these days.
For months, I have been snacking on candied ginger, adding ground ginger to baked goods and craving it in my cocktails as well.
In fact, the very first cocktail recipe that I posted on this blog was for a Bourbon + Ginger Ale.
But it’s even better with ginger beer, which is a non-alcoholic soda made with ginger.
It’s kind of a cross between root beer and ginger ale, and also totally delicious. My favorite brand of ginger beer is Bundaberg, but Reed’s is a close second!
In fact, I compiled a taste test of ginger beers and ranked them by how spicy they are.
Now, I bring you the Moscow Mule. It’s a classic but simple cocktail that combines vodka, lime juice and ginger beer for a lovely and succulent treat.
Traditional Moscow Mules are served in copper mugs to keep the beverage cold, but a Collins or similar glass filled with ice will work just fine.
And if you’re either out of vodka or just not a vodka lover, you can substitute other liquors in this recipe for similar results. Case in point:
- Tequila: Mexican Mule
- Bourbon: Kentucky Mule
- Whiskey: Irish Mule
- Cognac V.S.O.P.: French Mule
- Gin: Gin-Gin Mule (Get it?)
- Dark rum: Dark + Stormy
- Light rum + cranberry juice: Yule Mule (for the holidays) or pomegranate juice
I hope you enjoy your weekend! I’m planning to spend most of mine curled up with a book. And a Moscow Mule, probably. (I’ve been drinking these all week!) // susannah
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 2 ounces vodka
- 4 to 6 ounces ginger beer, chilled
- Lime slices
- Fill a copper mug with ice. Squeeze lime juice into the mug and drop in the spent shell.
- Then, pour in the vodka and top with ginger beer. Stir gently. Garnish with another lime slice, if desired.
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