The Gin Gin Mule is a refreshing twist on a gin mule, combining gin with the flavors of ginger, lime and mint. It's a delicious combination, and a dry gin is perfect to add some juniper as a base. If you're a ginger fan, this one's for you!
This drink is a modern classic, created by Audrey Saunders of Pegu Club in New York City. It is the perfect balance of flavors, and the ginger complements the lime and mint so well. This one is perfect for a hot summer afternoon!
If you're looking for a similar mule-style drink, this Ginger Beer Bitters Mocktail is delicious, and perfect if you're cutting back on alcohol. For another summery drink with mint, this Dragon Fruit Mojito is super delicious!
Here are the ingredients you'll need to put this drink together.
- Gin - look for a London Dry style gin like Highclere Castle Gin.
- Ginger syrup - I used Fiji Ginger Syrup, but you can use homemade or another store-bought syrup that you prefer.
- Lime juice - preferably fresh squeezed juice.
- Mint - fresh mint leaves.
- Seltzer - I used La Croix brand, but any plain seltzer or even lime flavored seltzer will do.
- Candied ginger - optional, for garnish.
If you don't have some of the ingredients, here are some ways you can substitute.
- Gin - if you're not a gin fan or just don't have any around, substitute in some vodka for a more classic mule, or some white rum for a more mojito-like flavor.
- Ginger syrup - if you don't have any ginger syrup, you can replace both the syrup and seltzer water by using ginger beer. Bundaberg ginger beer is my favorite!
- Lime juice - you can replace the lime juice with lemon juice if you are out of limes.
Looking to change up this drink? Here are a few ideas for variations!
- Sugar free - instead of the ginger syrup, look for a sugar free version of syrup, and skip the candied ginger garnish. I recommend Top Hat Provisions sugar free ginger syrup, which is sweetened with monk fruit. They also make a version with sugar, which is delicious too!
- Strawberry gin gin mule - add 1 or 2 cut up strawberries to your cocktail shaker first and muddle before adding the other ingredients. You can do the same with other fruits too!
- Gin Gin Mocktail - instead of gin, you can just add in a little extra seltzer, and this will still taste great. You can also substitute in an alcohol-free gin, like Monday Zero Alcohol Gin. (Monday is the only brand of non-alcoholic gin that I really like, and I've tried quite a few!)
To make this drink, you'll need a few bar tools handy. The most important is a jigger or a small measuring cup to measure out the ingredients. You'll also need a cocktail shaker and strainer, as well as a citrus juicer if you're using fresh lime.
For a serving glass, this is usually served in a lowball, or Old Fashioned, glass. If you have a copper mule mug, you could serve it in that as well. The glasses used in the photos are Godinger Dublin Old Fashioned glasses.
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To make this drink, start out by adding your (preferably fresh) lime juice to your cocktail shaker. Then, take the pieces of fresh mint and clap them between your hands before adding them to the shaker.
Next, measure out the gin and add it in to your shaker. Then add in the ginger syrup.
After all of those ingredients are added in to your shaker, fill the shaker with ice and give it about 15-20 hard shakes. Then fill your serving glass with ice, and optionally add a few pieces of mint to the ice in the glass.
Strain the drink into the serving glass. Then, fill the rest of the glass with seltzer water.
Add a piece of candied ginger and a sprig of fresh mint to a cocktail pick as a garnish. Rest it on the side of the glass, and serve.
Hint: to make this garnish, use a cocktail pick or a toothpick and a large, flat piece of candied ginger. Poke the cocktail pick through one side of the ginger, and bend the ginger so you can poke it through the other side. Then, take your fresh mint sprig and stick the stem between the pick and the ginger to hold it in place.
Frequently Asked Questions
It's simple: the drink is named after both gin and ginger, which are the main spirit and the featured flavor of this cocktail.
You can definitely use ginger beer in this drink instead of ginger syrup and seltzer. Many recipes for this drink use ginger beer, but this one uses syrup so you can decide how much ginger flavor you want to add to the drink. The original recipe by Audrey Saunders uses house-made syrup, which means the bar made the syrup themselves.
Traditionally, a mule cocktail has lime, ginger beer and a spirit, most often vodka. Lime and mint are the typical garnish for a mule, and it's often served in a copper mug.
You can easily make a large batch of this drink for a party! All you need to do is use the ingredient multiplier in the recipe card below. Measure out the amount of lime juice, gin and syrup you will need, and mix them together in a pitcher, along with an equivalent amount of mint leaves. Let it chill until you're ready to serve.
When you're ready to serve, add ice to each serving glass and pour in 4 ounces of the mixture. Then, fill the glass with seltzer, garnish and serve.
Gin Gin Mule
- 1 Citrus juicer if you are using a fresh lime
- 1 Knife and cutting board if you are using a fresh lime
- 1 Cocktail pick for garnish
- 1 Cocktail Serving Glass (Gold Rimmed Old Fashioned glass) any Old Fashioned glass, or a copper mug, will work for this drink
- 2 ounces gin look for a London Dry style - I used Highclere Castle gin
- 1 ounce lime juice preferably freshly squeezed
- 1 ounce ginger syrup see Notes
- 5-8 fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
- 3 ounces seltzer see Notes
- 1 piece candied ginger for garnish - try to get a thin and flexible piece
- Add the lime juice to a cocktail shaker.
- Clap the mint leaves between your hands and add them to the shaker along with the lime juice.
- Add the gin and the ginger syrup to the cocktail shaker.
- Fill the shaker with ice, seal it and give it about 15-20 hard shakes.
- Add ice to your cocktail serving glass.
- Open up the shaker and, using a strainer, strain the drink onto the fresh ice in the serving glass.
- Add a few pieces of mint to float in the glass. This can be mint taken out of the cocktail shaker, or clap some more between your hands before adding it in.
- Use a cocktail pick to thread a flexible piece of candied ginger on one side and then again through the other side. Add a sprig of mint to the garnish, held on between the pick and the ginger.
- Add the garnish to the drink and serve.