What Gin works best in a Gin Gin Mule?
There are numerous good choices. here and as with all gin cocktails invented by revered bartenders, the classics work for a reason - they are juniper predominant and exactly what so many recipes are based off. We love Tanqueray in particular for a Gin-Gin Mule, as it stands up to the assault of the other ingredients.
For those who want to lean into the spice, Opihr Gin will further accentuate the heat, while something like East London Liquor's Dry Gin has a huge juniper and cardamom note that combines well with ginger and mint.
We add a few limes in for good measure (as seen in these images here). It's personal preference, and the same could be done with mint leaves too in addition to the sprig as a garnish.
An abridged, inebriated history:
The Gin-Gin Mule is the brainchild of New York bar owner Audrey Saunders – the bartending whizz and all round cocktail legend responsible for bringing the Pegu Club cocktail back into public view (amongst many, many other accomplishments).
The drink is a twist on a classic mule, but with a handful of mint dragging the drink down a decidedly more cooling route. The drink at her bar (when it was open) used Saunders' own ginger beer (the recipe for which she shared with Radio 4, here), which obviously isn’t carbonated. If you’re after authentically recreating the Pegu Club bar’s version, use the homemade version but only to 20ml, then top up the glass with soda water.