Gin-Gin Mule Cocktail

Gin Mule Cocktail recipe

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

A modern classic, the gin-gin mule was created by Audrey Saunders of New York City's Pegu Club. While it's often thought of as a Moscow mule with gin, it also has a bit of mojito influence. Either way, you look at it, it's incredibly easy to make and a fabulous drink you're sure to love.

As the name indicates, there are two "gins" in this recipe. The first is gin—as in the botanical liquor we know and love for everything from the martini to the gin and tonic. The second is ginger beer, that snappy soda that makes the Moscow mule a truly great drink. When you muddle in a little lime, syrup, and mint, the drink's flavor has a refreshing contrast.

Ingredients

  • mint leaves
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice (fresh)
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 4 to 5 ounces ginger beer (enough to fill)
  • Garnish: mint sprig

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. In a cocktail shaker, add the mint leaves, lime juice, and simple syrup. Muddle well to release the essence of the herbs.

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  3. Add gin and fill the shaker with ice.

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  5. Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.

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  6. Top with ginger beer.

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  7. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

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  8. Serve and enjoy!

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Tips

  • London dry gin is the preferred style for this recipe because the juniper-forward gin will not get lost in the flavorful mix. Tanqueray is recommended most often, though other brands will do just as well.
  • The ginger beer is the other key ingredient and they do vary from soft to spicy. Here, you're looking for a ginger beer with a great spice and punch of flavor.
  • Fresh lime juice is preferred and one lime should yield enough for one drink. You can simply cut it in half and squeeze the juice from each half directly into the shaker.
  • Ensure your mint is as fresh and fragrant as possible. Some people like to slap the leaves between their palms to "wake" the mint up before adding it to the shaker.
  • Making your own simple syrup will instantly upgrade all of your cocktails. It's easy and can also save a significant amount of cash in your bar.

Recipe Variations

  • If you prefer vodka over gin, pour it instead. The drink will lose a bit of its flavor but will still be very good.
  • Likewise, ginger ale can be used instead of ginger beer, though it's significantly sweeter. For this substitute, cut the simple syrup to about 1/2 ounce in order to maintain the flavor balance.

How Strong Is a Gin-Gin Mule?

Just like most tall soda drinks, the gin-gin mule is relatively tame. With a 4-ounce pour of ginger beer, you're looking at an alcohol content around 12 percent ABV (24 proof). That's similar to a glass of wine, so it's a perfect everyday drink.