Recipes

Gin Gin Mule

The Gin-Gin Mule is a long, tall and deliciously cooling cocktail.

Though a recent addition in the long history of ginger related cocktails, this is surely on its way to classic status, spreading out slowly from its New York birthplace to bars across the world.

The Gin-Gin Mule is best imbibed from an icey glass on a boiling hot day, proving perfectly that sometimes, just sometimes, you can fight fire with fire.

1 serving
  • 50 ml Gin
  • 15 ml Sugar syrup
  • 15 ml Fresh lime juice
  • 50 ml Ginger beer
  • 1 Handful Mint Leaves
  1. Muddle the mint leaves, syrup and lime at the bottom of a shaker. Pour in the gin and half a cup of ice and shake until cold.
  2. Fill a Collins glass with ice, pour in the cocktail. Add in the ginger beer and stir gently. Garnish couple of sprigs of mint.

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.

Top tips

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.

gin mule cocktail drink mint ginger beer
gin mule cocktail drink mint ginger beer

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.

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Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin
Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin
70cl40%GB
£22.94
Tanqueray Gin
Tanqueray Gin
70cl43.1%GB
£21.44
East London Gin
East London Gin
70cl40%GB
£21.44