A modern classic, the Gin Gin Mule was created by Audrey Saunders of New York City's Pegu Club. It's often thought of as the gin version of the Moscow Mule, though it also has a bit of influence from the Mojito. Either way, you look at it, it's a fabulous drink and one you're sure to love.
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 & Tonic. The second is ginger beer, that snappy soda that makes the Moscow Mule a truly great drink. On top of those two ingredients, we muddle a little lime, syrup, and mint, much like the Mojito.
For today's drinkers, few will argue that Saunders hit a home run with this recipe. It has a great, snappy flavor that will get anyone's attention and it's incredibly easy to make.
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves with lime juice and simple syrup to release the essence of the herbs.
- Add gin and fill the shaker with ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.
- Top with ginger beer and garnish with a sprig of mint.
More Tips for Making a Great Gin Gin Mule
The Gin. Here's the great news for all you home bartenders: your favorite London dry gin will work just fine — they're actually preferred.
Tanqueray is most often the recommended gin for this recipe and ones like it such as the classic Foghorn. This means you don't have to go searching for a particular gin like many other modern cocktails. Just grab that good-old favorite and pour away.
The reason for this is simple. Juniper-forward gins like the London dry style will not get lost in this flavorful mix. We want to notice the gin and taste how it plays off the ginger beer. Juniper is nothing to shy away from and the Gin Gin Mule celebrates it.
The Ginger Beer. In a similar manner, the ginger beer is going to be your other key ingredient so choose wisely. It may even take some time to find the perfect one for your taste that is readily available near you.
Here, you're looking for a ginger beer with a great spice. They vary greatly and some have more of a kick than others; we want the ones that will not go unnoticed for the Gin Gin Mule.
Quite often, these are the Jamaican ginger beers, though even some of those can be tame. Barrit's is a nice option as is Q Ginger Beer. Feel free to explore other options as there are great finds awaiting if you're willing to gamble on a new bottle.
How Strong Is the Gin Gin Mule?
Just like most tall soda drinks, the Gin Gin Mule is relatively tame in the cocktail world. With a 2-ounce pour of ginger beer, you're looking at an alcohol content around 10 percent ABV (20 proof). This is similar to enjoying a glass of wine, so it's a perfect every day drink.