Pretend you’re on the streets of Londontown with a gin-filled London Mule. This fragrant gin version of the classic Moscow Mule is a feast for the senses.
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London Mule recipe
Last summer, my husband and I visited London and, like we do anywhere we go, visited as many cocktail bars as we could. I had one mission: Try as many gins as we could!
Gin is a flavorful, herbaceous spirit that works beautifully in so many cocktails, from the gimlet to the French 75. I didn’t love it when I was younger, but now I can appreciate the complexity of its flavor.
While gin doesn’t hail from the U.K. (it’s from Holland), it’s home to 820 gin distilleries, according to The Independent.
This mule is a spin on my gin-gin mule, only this London version is made with any gin from the Big Smoke, plus lime juice and ginger beer. The garnish features fresh cucumber, mint and lime for a delicious libation representative of Londontown.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Made with your favorite English gin, the London Mule is sweet and flavorful.
- This gin cocktail has three ingredients, so it’s easy to assemble.
- With hints of mint and cucumber, it’s a refreshing
What is a Moscow Mule?
The London Mule is a spin on the Moscow mule, a classic cocktail. It’s an easy-to-make, three-ingredient cocktail.
The mule is also a very versatile
- You can experiment with flavor. Try adding fruit flavors with juices, infused alcohol or simple syrup. The pear mule, the grapefruit mule and the yule mule are some of my favorites I’ve made.
- You can switch up the main spirit. That’s what we’re doing here with this gin mule. I’ve also made the Mexican Mule with tequila, the Kentucky mule with bourbon and the Swedish Mule with aquavit.
Tools & glassware
This gin mule cocktail only calls for a few ingredients. Here’s what to grab at the grocery store:
Ginger beer is a fizzy, non-alcoholic beverage made from fermented ginger. I prefer the flavor of a spicy ginger beer, which has more of a zing of ginger, but you can go sweeter here if you like. Check out my list of the best brands of ginger beer to help you decide on a spice level that’s right for you.
Ginger ale is a ginger-flavored soda and is much sweeter than ginger beer. However, you can make a mule with ginger ale if you prefer or don’t have ginger beer on hand.
I always recommend fresh lime juice if you have it on hand, but feel free to use a good quality lime concentrate. I use one of these citrus squeezers to get the most juice out of my limes.
You are also welcome to use lemon juice or grapefruit juice.
The base spirit of the London Mule is gin, but not just any gin. For it to be a true London Mule, you’ll need a gin from London.
For this recipe, I used Old Tom Gin, but you could also use a London Dry Gin. Old Tom is sweeter and more full-bodied, whereas London Dry is lighter. The latter is what most people know as gin.
I also really like Hendrick’s Gin, from Scotland, which has notes of rose and cucumber, making it a perfect fit, though then it’s not a London Mule.
Spend a minute in Gin 101 to learn more about gin and the best brands of gin to use.
Variations and substitutions
Plymouth Mule: Use Plymouth gin, which is from Plymouth, England.
Scottish Mule: For a Scottish version, use scotch whisky instead of gin.
How to make a London Mule
You can pull off this easy London Mule cocktail in just a few steps.
- First, take your copper mule mug and fill it with ice cubes. You can use crushed ice too.
- Pour in the gin and lime juice over the ice.
- If you’re using a fresh lime for juice, you can drop in the spent shell. The zest of the lime will add extra citrus bite as the
- Top with ginger beer and garnish!
Garnish the cocktail with an aromatic garnish that includes:
- a lime wheel or lime wedge
- a ribbon of cucumber on a cocktail pick
- a bunch of mint sprigs.
Enjoy your gin mule with a tray of Moscow Mule cookies.
Tips & tricks
Use the trademark copper mug or other metal mug to keep the
Add the ginger beer last so that it can bubble and foam to the top.
What to serve with a London Mule
A London Mule is made with lime juice, ginger beer and a gin from London such as Old Tom Gin or London Dry Gin. It gets a fragrant garnish of cucumber ribbons or a cucumber spear, fresh mint and lime wedges.
The Moscow mule is traditionally made with vodka. When made with a gin from London, it’s called a London Mule.
A Scottish mule is a Moscow mule made with scotch whisky instead of vodka.
More mule recipes
Because the mule is so versatile, you can make it with many different spirits to enjoy different flavors from around the world.
The Dark & Stormy is the name for a Caribbean mule made with rum.
Made with either jalapeño vodka or a spicy simple syrup, the Jalapeño Mule is great for summer if you like a spicy cocktail!
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- 1 ½ ounce gin London Dry or Old Tom
- 1 ounce lime juice approximately half of a lime
- 4-6 ounces ginger beer
- 1 lime wedge for garnish
- 2 cucumber ribbons for garnish
- mint sprigs for garnish
- Fill a copper mug or rocks glass with crushed ice.
- Add gin and lime juice. (If using a fresh lime, drop in the spent shell.)
- Top with ginger beer.
- Garnish with a lime wedge, cucumber ribbons and fresh mint.
- Plymouth Mule: Use Plymouth gin, which is from Plymouth, England.
- Scottish Mule: Use scotch whisky instead of gin for a Scottish version.
- Irish Mule: Use any Irish whiskey instead of gin for an Irish version.
- Non-alcoholic gin mule: Use a zero-proof spirit such as Ritual gin alternative.
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