This London Mule is a spicy twist on your classic mule recipe! It’s very crisp refreshing, and has bright botanical notes.
This London Mule recipe is prepared in minutes with only four ingredients!
- Gin: This recipe calls for a London dry gin. My personal favorite is Bombay Sapphire. If you want to go with a non-traditional botanical flavor, use Hendricks gin.
- Lime juice: Use fresh lime juice. I don’t recommend bottled lime juice. The flavor won’t be the same.
- Ginger beer: For this recipe, I used Fever Tree ginger beer.
- Orange bitters: Usually, this recipe doesn’t include orange bitters, but I like to add just a couple of dashes. It will bring many flavors, like different spices and distinct citrusy flavors.
- Orange wheel: I added an orange wheel to emphasize the citrusy flavor. You can use any citrus or other fruit you prefer.
See recipe card for quantities.
Why You’ll Love this Cocktail
- Easy to make: This cocktail is ready in a few minutes, and you don’t need a cocktail shaker.
- Flavor: This gin mule is very crisp and refreshing and has a spicy kick to it.
- Customizable: There are endless possible flavor combinations for this mule recipe. You will find your favorite flavor combination with various add-ins and spirit bases.
What is a London Mule
Traditional London mules are made from gin, ginger beer, and fresh lime juice. Otherwise known as Foghorn or gin buck, this cocktail is made with London dry gin.
This drink boasts a juniper-forward flavor, perfect to awaken your taste buds. The gin’s herbaceous notes complement the spicy sweetness of ginger beer, while the tangy zest of citrus adds a refreshing touch.
Before preparing the drink, gather all ingredients and prepare fruit and other add-ins. Also, place the copper mug into a freezer for 10 minutes.
Step 1: Add ice cubes to a chilled copper mug.
Step 2: Add gin to a copper mug with ice.
Step 3: Add fresh lime juice.
Step 4: Add a couple of dashes of orange bitters.
Step 5: Gently mix ingredients with a spoon.
Step 6: Top with ginger beer.
Step 7: Add fruit and other garnish if preferred.
Hint: Depending on which fruit and herbs you add, it will alter the taste slightly. I like the citrusy flavor, so I added an orange wheel. For a more refreshing taste, you can add cucumber.
Expert Tips and Tricks
- Chill the copper mug: To keep the drink cold longer, I recommend chilling the copper mug in a freezer for 5-10 minutes.
- Use high-quality ingredients: Since this recipe has just a few ingredients, it’s essential to use high-quality ingredients. You don’t need to use the most expensive spirit, but find something that will taste great, and you don’t need to break the bank.
- Chill the ginger beer: To keep the drink cold longer, chill the ginger beer in the fridge before preparing the beverage.
- Use lots of ice: I used large, clear ice cubes. You can find them in any grocery store. Fill the mug with ice to the rim.
Substitutions and Variations
- Use different gin: Some other options are Tanqueray for a traditional dry gin or Hendricks if you prefer more botanical notes.
- Switch up the spirit: Use vodka, tequila, or bourbon.
- Use lemon juice instead of lime: If you want a less bitter flavor, you can use fresh lemon juice instead of lime.
- Use different ginger beer: Use any ginger beer you prefer. Make sure to use ginger beer and not ginger ale. Ginger ale is much spicier.
- Add juniper berries: For additional botanical flavor, add dry juniper berries.
- Use different fruits: Based on which fruit you use; it will alter the taste of the whole drink.
- Add fresh herbs: Some of the great options for fresh herbs are mint leaves, rosemary, or thyme.
- For extra spiciness: Add a little bit of tajin spice.
This drink does not store well. The carbonation from ginger beer will go flat, and the ice will dissolve the drink.
The best gin for London Mule is Bombay Sapphire or Tanqueray.
The difference between the London and Moscow mules is in the base spirit. London mule is made with gin, and Moscow mule is made with vodka.
No, it’s not. You can use any glass you prefer.
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These are my favorite dishes to serve with this gin mule:
- copper mug (optional)
- jigger (to measure spirit and lime juice)
- long bar spoon
- 1 ½ oz gin (London dry)
- ½ oz fresh lime juice
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- 4 – 5 oz ginger beer
- Add ice cubes to a chilled copper mug.
- Add gin, fresh lime juice, and a couple of dashes of orange bitters to a copper mug with ice.
- Gently mix ingredients with a spoon.
- Top with ginger beer.
- Add fruit and other garnish if preferred.
- Before preparing the drink, gather all ingredients and prepare fruit and other add-ins. Also, place the copper mug into a freezer for 10 minutes.
- To keep the drink cold longer, use lots of ice.
- To have the best flavor, use fresh lime juice.
- Use other fruits or veggies as add-ins based on your taste preferences.