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Best Strawberry Mule Recipe

Best Strawberry Mule Recipe

It’s summertime, the days are long, the sun is hot and your thirst seems unquenchable. Never fear: we’ll teach you how to make the Strawberry Moscow Mule, which is one of the best summer cocktails! You may not be a stranger to the Moscow Mule, but today we’re going to focus on a variation that will have you serving up pitchers of this drink all summer long!

History of the Strawberry Moscow Mule

The Strawberry Moscow Mule is a crowd-pleaser that is sure to have everyone craving more. However, do be careful. Since this is an alcoholic drink we advise you to practice drinking in moderation. We know, we know ... easier said than done, especially with a drink so delicious!

The Moscow Mule boasts more than a century’s worth of being one of America’s favorite classic cocktails and with good reason. This cleverly simple cocktail is a combination of ingredients so common, most of us can make one right now without having to make a trip to the store.

All you need is vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. With such a phenomenal taste, it’s scary how simple it is to make.

The story of how the Moscow Mule was invented is pretty simple. One seller of vodka, another of ginger beer, and a third selling copper mugs came together with an ingenious idea in the 1940s and thus the Moscow Mule was born.

The popularity of the drink spread like wildfire and soon enough Americans had gone from thinking vodka was the Russian way of saying ‘horrible’ to being welcomed as a reputable alcoholic base for cocktails.

The drink can be described as being sweet, spicy and refreshing all at once. The lime juice in this drink gives it a tart and rousing flavor, perfect for a pick me up on a hot day, but the spiciness of the ginger beer gives it a robustness that won't be overpowered.

Mixed with vodka, served over ice and garnished with a lime wheel, it’s a perfect drink of choice to help you stay cool in when you need it. The traditional use of a copper mug maintains those crispy cool temperatures for even longer. Its gingery flavor also makes it a delectable choice during the holidays.

The magic behind this drink is that there is no one way to make it. Through the years there have been quite a few variations and additions to the Moscow Mule. Some recipes alter the amounts of each ingredient, tipping the balance when it comes to flavor.

In our cocktail experiments, we developed the Strawberry Moscow Mule and we couldn't wait to share it!

Nature has an uncanny way of putting opposites together to make the perfect pair. Strawberry and lime are no exception. Something about the sweetness of strawberries and the tartness of limes come together in a classic combination of sweet and sour.

First, we'll roll out the classic recipe for the Strawberry Moscow Mule. Then, we will discuss variations and different ways to make it.

Strawberry Moscow Mule Recipe

Ingredients

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh limes
  • Vodka
  • Ginger beer

Instructions

  1. Depending on how you like the consistency of your fruit you’ll either want to muddle the strawberries or blend them in a food processor. Muddling, of course, will leave you with chunkier bits in your drink, while blending will give you a smoother consistency (we prefer muddling as it creates more texture).
  2. Next, squeeze some lime juice into your strawberry mixture. Muddling the limes with the strawberry also works excellently.
  3. Add a shot (or two) of vodka
  4. Finally, top it off with a splash of ginger beer and some ice. 

It really is that simple! Now you’ve got yourself a fizzy, fruity cocktail!

Strawberry Mule Mocktail

We have found ways to tweak this recipe so it can be enjoyed by all. For those of us who would prefer to skip the alcohol, you can enjoy a strawberry mule mocktail with the same great taste like the original.

Simply follow the classic recipe without the addition of alcohol.

Do keep in mind that there is both alcoholic and non-alcoholic ginger beer. If you are looking to avoid any alcohol, the non-alcoholic ginger beer is pretty popular and easy to find in most well-stocked supermarkets.

You might be thinking that you can substitute the ginger beer with ginger ale, but these two drinks are manufactured uniquely, and the results have different tastes.

Ginger beer is brewed or fermented, which allows the taste and flavoring of ginger to be more robust. On the other hand, ginger ale is more carbonated and has less of a gingery taste.

The use of ginger ale in a Strawberry Mule cocktail or mocktail would alter the taste of the drink. The taste of ginger would be overpowered by the strawberry and lime and you would be left with something other than a Strawberry Mule.

Another plus of this variation is that Strawberry Mule mocktails can also be served to children.

Fresh or Frozen

Strawberries

Not everyone has access to fresh strawberries and, for those of you who don’t, you may be wondering if you can make the same delicious cocktail or mocktail with frozen strawberries and the answer is: yes!

Frozen fruit lacks in areas of freshness, quality and sometimes even texture when compared to their fresh counterparts but, at the end of the day, a frozen strawberry is still a strawberry.

Frozen strawberries can be thawed by leaving them in the refrigerator, placing them under running water or by leaving them in a container of water. If thawed improperly or for too long they may turn into a mushy mess.

Leaving them in the refrigerator for a couple of hours should do the trick. Muddle or blend as desired.

Limes

Limes are always in season, at least for some. If you’re working with frozen limes, be sure to thaw properly before muddling with your strawberries. There’s also nothing wrong with using lime concentrate, but since the concentrate offers less brightness in flavor you may want to use more concentrate vs. freshly squeezed lime juice to achieve the same effect.

Note: Lemons are NOT a substitute for lime (at least in this case). If you use lemons or lemon juice you’ll pretty much end up with a gingery lemonade.

Substitutes and Additions

Outside of substituting fresh fruit for frozen options, there is a bit of wiggle room when it comes to the other ingredients needed for making a Strawberry Mule. There are also some bonus ingredients one can add to take it to another level and satisfy personal tastes.

Fizziness

Ginger beer gives the Strawberry Mule its fiery burn and bubbly fizz. In addition to using ginger beer, we’ve read some recipes that also use tonic water, sparkling water or seltzer.

Essentially these are all carbonated water, but because of their unique compositions they have distinct tastes.

Seltzer and sparkling water are great additions to the Strawberry Mule if you’re only looking for bubbles without changing the taste.

Tonic water is slightly bitter so if you insist on adding tonic water to your Strawberry Mule then we suggest adding simple syrup to balance out the taste.

Sweetness

In addition, we suggest adding simple syrup (1 part water and 1 part white sugar) if you want to amplify the sweetness of your cocktail or mocktail. One recipe we came across used Sprite in lieu of tonic water which packs a great citrus punch, intensifies fizz and enhances sweetness.

Spiciness

The Strawberry Moscow Mule is already spicy in nature due to its ginger beer component, but some people want to up the ante when it comes to spiciness. Some recipes require adding jalapeno slices.

For those of you brave enough to try, it's quite simple. One method is to add jalapeno slices to your vodka, shake, and let it sit overnight for maximum spiciness. If you prefer less intensity, let it sit for 1 hour.

Another option is to cook the jalapeno slices in a saucepan for five minutes in a mixture of simple syrup. The jalapeno slices can be left in the syrup or strained before mixing with your cocktail.

Don't forget to remove the seeds before adding the jalapenos.

Similar to a jalapeno syrup, some recipes use ginger slices in their syrup to enhance the flavor of this cocktail.

Zesty and spicy notes from the ginger are strongest with the addition of ginger syrup. Using ginger syrup in your Strawberry Mule cocktail or mocktail is a perfect recipe tweak for the holiday season.

How to Serve Strawberry Mules

If you’ve had a Moscow Mule it comes as no secret to you that they are traditionally served in copper mugs to keep temperatures at optimal levels.

Lately, there has been speculation on whether or not the toxicity of copper activated by the acidity of the limes makes for poor health choices. If you prefer to maintain the aesthetic value of the copper mug when serving your strawberry mules it is suggested to use nickel lined copper mugs to protect any copper properties from leaching into your drink.

When it comes to garnishes there are recipes that use sprigs of fresh herbs, or citrus wedges and peels. Feel free to use one or combinations of two or three. When it comes to cocktails, the presentation is just as important as taste.

Fruit wedges are probably the easiest and most functional garnish. Use a slice of citrus fruit or a juicy strawberry. Chances are you will either squeeze your fruit garnish into your drink to add a spritz of extra flavor or take a bite.

When using fresh herbs, many recipes make use of basil, thyme, mint, and rosemary. Make sure to slap the herbs between your hands to release their natural fragrances before placing them on top of your Strawberry Mule.

Once you have made your first Strawberry Mule cocktail or mocktail you'll be sure to come back for more!

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Best Kentucky Mule Recipe

Best Kentucky Mule Recipe

In this post, we introduce you to the best recipe for the delicious and classic Kentucky Mule: a refreshing, layered, flavorful, deliciously decadent drink. We also discuss the fascinating history of the Kentucky Mule and some of its cousins, namely the Tennessee Mule and the Irish Mule. Let's dive in!

History of the Kentucky Mule

One of our favorite things about studying food & drink is observing the way that recipes will change and adjust as they make their way down the generations, with variations and alternate twists popping up based on individual interpretations of what tastes and feels good. These are subjective judgments that are affected not only by individual preference, but also by shifting tastes, availability of ingredients, and trends. So, a dish or drink that starts off one way can, through the course of a few years, branch off into something different and new. 

And these re-interpretations don't just appear with time. Distance also plays a huge factor! As recipes are handed down from person to person, so do they travel large distances, past physical borders, and across regions. All it takes is for one person to think “yes, this tastes great, but what if we add some of our own regional flair?” In this sense, something as seemingly banal as the history of a cocktail can serve as a microcosm of human culture, the way our practices, languages, and customs spread and change over time.

As you might expect, this happens quite often in the world of alcoholic beverages, where playing around with various ingredients to create delicious variations on existing concoctions is almost an artform of its own. Today, we’ll be focusing on one particular example of this: the Kentucky Mule, and subsequently a variation of it called the Irish Mule.

If you’ve never heard of either the Kentucky Mule or the Irish Mule, there’s still a chance you’ve heard of the drink that spawned them, known as the Moscow Mule: a delicious and refreshing cocktail that's famous for its zesty ginger kick as well as being served in eye-catching copper mugs.

Like a lot of great inventions throughout history, the Moscow Mule drink was born out of necessity; an excess supply of vodka and home-brewed ginger beer resulted in putting both of them together and marketing them as a drink. It was served in a copper mug. The drink soon became incredibly popular, transcending its humble origins and catching on among the Hollywood elite and beyond.

But wait, this is about the Kentucky Mule, isn’t it? What’s all this talk about vodka? Well, in this case, the Moscow Mule is an important starting point, because we want to talk about how necessity dictated those initial ingredients and how these were modified as time went on. 

As things tend to go, the noble mule drink found its way all through the map of the United States and beyond; crafty barkeeps all over the country started experimenting with regional variations of the drink. Soon you had “Mules” of different origins, usually keeping the ginger beer base but swapping out the spirit.

So, for example, a Mexican Mule was a Moscow Mule with tequila instead of vodka. A Caribbean Mule was similar but with rum in place of tequila. But no matter what the base spirit is swapped out for, the idea behind the cocktail remained consistent: it needs to be an ice-cold, refreshing summertime drink, with a ginger kick.

Well, in real life as in the world of alcoholic beverages, things often have to go through a few different variations before true perfection is achieved. At some point, an anonymous genius decided that they should swap out the Moscow Mule’s vodka for the richness of bourbon.

And thus the Kentucky Mule was born: a refreshing, layered, flavorful, deliciously decadent drink that embodies pretty much everything that is good about the Mule cocktail format. And, just like the original drink that spawned it, it’s meant to be served in its copper mug. Sure, it’s entirely possible that this practice that was born out of the need to dispose of a surplus of copper rather than to try to keep the drink at a certain temperature, but tradition is tradition, right?

Just like the Moscow Mule, the Kentucky Mule went through a period of intense popularity before starting to fade a little from public consciousness; however, both drinks are in the midst of a comeback as perfect summery cocktails.

Since vodka is largely flavorless, many prefer the boldness of the Kentucky Mule’s bourbon taste, and thus the variation is on its way to overtaking the original in terms of popularity. And, since it’s a simple, straightforward cocktail with only three main ingredients, it tends to be healthier and less overwhelming than the sugary, overcrowded alternatives (roughly 160 calories per 6 oz serving).

Best Bourbon for Kentucky Mule 

In the spirit of authenticity, in order for this to be a true Kentucky Mule we want to ensure that it is made with bourbon made in Kentucky. What brand comes immediately to mind when you think of Kentucky bourbon? It's most likely Jim Beam, one of the most famous brands of bourbon in the world. A very traditional product which has been made with the same exact secret formula since the late 1970s, Jim Beam is most people's default go-to when it comes to Kentucky bourbon, and thus the most common bourbon used in Kentucky Mules.

Other famous brands are Maker's Mark, a world-renowned small-batch distillery; Bulleit, a bourbon maker characterized by its high rye content; and, of course, Old Crow, which is a more budget-friendly alternative made by the same distillery that produces Jim Beam. 

Below is the classic recipe for the Kentucky Mule.

Kentucky Mule Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz bourbon
  • 6 oz ginger beer
  • The juice of 1 lime
  • Ice

Instructions

Add ice to a copper mug (yes, you can skip the copper mug, but part of the fun of drinking one of these cocktails is the presentation). Pour your bourbon over the ice, add lime juice, and fill up the glass with ginger beer. Note: it is possible to substitute the ginger beer for ginger ale; however, this will give you an entirely different flavor with a much milder ginger kick. 

Also, ginger beer is to taste. If you like more of a bourbon taste, add less; if you like a sweeter drink, add more!

One of the selling points behind this cocktail (and one of the reasons why it’s a favorite for cocktail enthusiasts at home) is how easy it is to put together. Not only is the ingredients list made up of just three elements (if you leave out “ice”), but the process of putting them together is extremely straightforward and simple.

The quality of the ingredients and the way the different flavors mash together all contribute to a truly fantastic drinking experience. As long as you stay fairly close to those basic ingredients and preparation, you’ll be able to make this delicious and satisfying drink.

Of course there are variations on this basic recipe -- as we said, there are dozens of types of “Mules” that have developed as the recipe has been passed around. One of these variations is referred to as an Irish Mule, and it is actually fairly close to the Kentucky Mule in terms of taste and character. Care to hazard a guess as to what makes and Irish Mule different from a Kentucky Mule?

If you guessed “replace bourbon with Irish whiskey”, then you’ve got it! As has probably become clear by now, all that needs to happen to transition from one type of Mule to another is that you swap out the base spirit for a different one.

In the case of the Irish Mule, it stays fairly close in character and flavor profile to the Kentucky Mule (after all, bourbon and whiskey are cut from a similar cloth, the main points of difference being the whiskey’s comparative smokiness vs. bourbon’s sweeter notes). Both drinks add something different to the original Moscow Mule recipe, which features vodka as the spirit base.

Below is the recipe for the Irish Mule.

Irish Mule Recipe


Ingredients

  • 2 oz Irish whiskey
  • 6 oz ginger beer
  • The juice of 1 lime
  • Ice

Instructions

Add ice to a copper mug. Pour your Irish whiskey over the ice, add lime juice, and fill up the glass with ginger beer.

Note: just like with the other Mule variations, it is possible to substitute the ginger beer for ginger ale; it will result in a very different tasting drink, but this will come down to personal preference. Also, play around with the amount of ginger beer you add! You may want to try to bring the whiskey taste to the forefront by cutting back on the ginger beer, or vice versa.

Is the Irish Mule better than the Kentucky Mule? This is a complicated question to answer because it will depend entirely on personal preference, coming down to how you feel the flavors of the ginger beer mesh with the spirit of choice. We’ve found that the Irish whiskey’s smokier, darker flavor creates a really stimulating contrast with the brighter notes of the lime juice and ginger beer. This juxtaposition provides an added layer of depth to what is already a surprisingly full-bodied cocktail experience.

It might also just come down to the occasion. Kentucky Mules would be better suited for a casual get-together that’s not tied to any one event or time of year. But if you’re hosting a raucous Saint Patrick’s Day get-together, Irish Mules are naturally the way to go, and their relative obscurity (at least in comparison to the wildly ubiquitous “green beer”) will provide you with a few extra credibility points in the eyes of your peers. That is, if your peers are cool enough to be aware of it in the first place.

The Tennessee Mule: Another Variation

Yet another variation of this drink is the Tennessee Mule, which has also picked up a fair amount of steam.

If an Irish Mule replaces bourbon with Irish whiskey, then you might imagine that a Tennessee Mule replaces the spirit with whiskey produced in Tennessee.

Tennessee is famous for its whiskey production, the most well-known and globally celebrated brand of which is easily Jack Daniels. As a result, this is the most commonly used spirit of choice for the Tennessee Mule. Now you see the level of granularity we get into when discussing the various Mule variations.

Conclusion

So, there you have it. A brief history of the Kentucky Mule, and how to make the best out of this super-simple, super-straightforward, but truly excellent drink. Do yourself a favor and get those copper mugs. It really kicks the entire operation up a notch.

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7 Best Mint Moscow Mule Recipes

7 Best Mint Moscow Mule Recipes

The Moscow Mule cocktail has been around since the early 1940s. For almost eighty years, several variations of the drink have been developed. The Mint Moscow Mule is one of the most refreshing versions and for a good reason, too. While the traditional Moscow Mule recipe contains vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, this recipe has mint added. If you’re in the mood for more exciting options, you can choose your favorite fruits, such as berries and peaches, to add an extra kick of flavor to the cocktail. When you need a cool-down drink on those hot summer days, there are endless choices for how you can prepare a damn good Mint Moscow Mule.

As you may already know, mint is an herb that has managed to infiltrate many drinks and food recipes. With a Mint Moscow Mule drink, the herb brings in its signature lingering and sweet flavor. This provides an excellent contrast to the sharp mix of ginger beer and vodka. 

The cocktail is quite versatile because there are lots of potential flavor combinations. There are tens of mint varieties that you can use. Spearmint, peppermint, chocolate mint, and orange mint are just a few of the common options. This means that you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to figuring out what kind of mint goes into your Mint Moscow Mule. 

Preparing the Best Mint for Your Moscow Mule

While mint will add both aroma and flavor to your drink, beware that this will not be the case if you just drop the leaves or sprig into your drink. Menthol, the oil found in mint leaves, is the extract that gives the herb its taste and scent. 

To get the most out of this important oil, you can do the following to your mint while preparing the cocktail:

  • Slap the leaves between your palms. This distresses them enough to expose the oil inside. 
  • Use a muddler, which is a pestle-like tool commonly used by bartenders to smash herbs to release their flavor. A wooden spoon or other similar kitchen utensils can also get the work done. However, be cautious not to crush the leaves too hard, as they will end up releasing a bitter taste that will ruin your drink. 

fresh mint

Always use fresh, tender mint for the best results. The younger the sprigs, the better. Old, browned, or bruised leaves will not give you the minty flavor or green look you’re after. 

Serving Your Minty Moscow Mule

You'll enjoy your minty cocktail served on ice or chilled. Garnish this lovely libation with lime, mint, or whichever other fruit you have used in the preparation. And, to add a bit of tradition, it’s best served in a copper mug that preserves its cold temperature.

In the following section, we’ll take a look at some of the best Mint Moscow Mule recipes. As you’ll find out, they’re all packed with so much more than just a heartwarming, minty flavor and taste. If you’ve been wondering about how to make a Moscow Mule with mint, here you go:

7 of the Best Mint Moscow Mule Recipes

Mint Moscow Mule 
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes 
Serves 8

Ingredients 

  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 24 oz vodka 
  • 2 bottles of ginger beer (24 oz)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 lime slices

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, combine water, sugar, and mint leaves and bring to boil for 1 minute. 
  2. Remove from heat and steep for an hour. 
  3. Remove the mint leaves. Pour the simple syrup into a pitcher. 
  4. Add ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice into the pitcher, then stir. 
  5. Refrigerate until cold. 
  6. Serve garnished with sliced limes and mint leaves.

This is as simple as it gets. With the other recipes, you’ll find different fruits and ingredients that can be used alongside mint for a spicier drink. 

Mint Moscow Mule with Sweet Lemon 
Prep Time: 5 Minutes 
Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • ¾ cup ginger beer
  • 10 mint leaves
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp simple syrup
  • Crushed ice

Instructions

Take your serving mug and fill it with the crushed ice. Next, add the lemon juice, followed by simple syrup. Rub the mint leaves between your palms before adding to the mug. Add ginger beer, vodka, and mix. Garnish with a lemon wedge and mint leaves. Serve. 

For this recipe, you can make a simple syrup by boiling equal parts of sugar and water in a saucepan. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, put in a container and leave it to cool. Refrigerate for future use whenever you need to mix your drink.

Blackberry Mint Moscow Mule
Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
Serves 2

Ingredients 

  • 4 oz vodka
  • 3 cups ginger beer
  • ¼ cup mint leaves
  • ½ cup fresh blackberries 
  • 2 tbsp lime juice 

Instructions

  1. Put the blackberries, mint leaves, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker and mix them up. 
  2. Add the vodka into the mixture, then stir. 
  3. Strain the mixture into two mugs, then add one and half a cup of ginger beer into each.
  4. Top with ice. 
  5. Garnish with blackberries, lime wedges, or mint leaves. 
  6. Serve. 

This drink brings you a lot of nutritional value besides the added tartness of blackberries. These berries are packed with vitamins C, K, and vital minerals like manganese. They contribute to better skin health and healthy bone development. You’ll absolutely love this recipe if you have a sweet tooth but have been trying to avoid carbs. 

Mint Moscow Mule Mojito 
Preparation Time: 5 Minutes 
Serves 2

Ingredients 

  • 12 fresh mint leaves
  • 4 tbsp vodka
  • ½ cup ginger beer
  • 2 tbsp rum
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ½ cup of soda water 
  • 2 tbsp lime juice 

Instructions

Put sugar, lime juice, and mint leaves in a glass. Mix these with a wooden spoon until the leaves are slightly crushed. Top with vodka and rum, followed by beer and soda water. Serve. 

Soda water presents you with a simple way to fix a quick drink at home. With no additives or sweeteners, it’s a great choice if you want to avoid calories. Also, you’ll love the fizziness it brings to the mix. 

Strawberry Mint Moscow Mule
Preparation Time: 5 Minutes 
Serves 1

Ingredients 

  • 4 halved strawberries 
  • 3 sprigs fresh mint
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 tbsp lime juice 

Instructions

  1. Put the mint leaves and strawberries into a glass.
  2. Mix until the strawberries are crushed. 
  3. Add ice, vodka, and lime juice.
  4. Top with ginger beer, then stir until well mixed. 
  5. Serve immediately. 

This strawberry mint Moscow Mule is the ideal mix of tropical, American, and Caribbean cuisines. Strawberries are full of antioxidants that improve the body's immunity. Some studies have shown that taking them with alcohol boosts their antioxidant properties, which should give you even more reason to add them to your Mint Moscow mule. 

Jalapeno Mint Moscow Mule 
Preparation Duration: 10 Minutes
Serves 2

Ingredients 

  • 8 sprigs fresh mint leaves 
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 8 oz ginger beer 
  • 4 oz vodka
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Lengthwise, halve the jalapeno. Get rid of the stem and seed. Slice it into two, cutting across.
  2. Place the jalapeno pieces in a cocktail shaker with the mint leaves. Mix to extract jalapeno juices and agitate the mint to extract oil. 
  3. Add vodka, lime juice, and ice into the shaker and cover. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
  4. Put ice cubes in two serving glasses, then add the mixture. Top with 4 oz of ginger beer for each glass. 
  5. Garnish with mint sprigs or slices of lime and serve. 

The jalapeno adds a spicy twist to your drink. Make sure to use it while fresh for the best flavoring effect. It’s rich in antioxidants, B vitamins, and vitamins K and C that boost the immune system. 

Mint Moscow Mule with Peach
Preparation Duration: 5 Minutes 
Serves 2

Ingredients 

  • 2 peeled and pitted peaches 
  • 6 mint leaves 
  • 8 oz ginger beer
  • 4 oz vodka 
  • 2 lime slices
  • Ice
  • Garnish (peach slices, mint leaves, lime wedges) 

Instructions

Puree the peaches in a blender until smooth. Take two mugs and put a slice of lime into each, and three mint leaves. Mix gently with a wooden spoon. Add ice into the glasses. Pour the peach puree into the glasses, then add 2 ounces of vodka into each. Stir. Top each glass with 4 ounces of ginger beer and stir the mixture. Garnish with peach, lime, and mint on the rim of the glass. 

Talking of hot summer day drinks, a mix of peach and mint will have you feeling human again. The sweet, fruity taste of peach combined with the cool tones of what you choose as your Moscow Mule recipe mint provides an invigorating effect. 

Different Ways to Make Your Drink 

As seen from the above recipes, you can choose one of many ways to make your Moscow Mule with mint. Each fruit brings a different flavor and twist. Another popular combination that you should definitely try is the cucumber mint Moscow Mule. All you have to do is find the perfect mix made up of your favorite types of mint, fruit, vodka, and ginger beer, and you're good to go. 

Keep It Fresh

Whichever way you choose to make your cocktail, always go for fresh ingredients. While still fresh, they contain the flavor and fragrance necessary to make a great, delicious, refreshing, and unforgettable copper mug of Mint Moscow Mule. 

Bottoms up!

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Top 3 Irish Mule Recipes

Top 3 Irish Mule Recipes

Whiskey is a beautiful thing. It's the foundation for a number of the most popular cocktails of all time: the Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Sazerac, Hot Toddy, Whiskey Sour, Rob Roy, Rusty Nail and Irish Coffee (to name a few).

One of the most delicious whiskey drinks is the Irish Mule - a brilliant twist on the legendary Moscow Mule, this clever cocktail swaps vodka for whiskey, and is balanced by ginger beer, lime juice and mint. The Irish Mule is simple to make, boasts a distinct flavor, and is an instant classic. 

So what is the Irish Mule, where does it come from, and why is it so amazing? This article is the definitive guide to everything you will ever need to know about....

  • The Origins of the Irish Mule
  • The Unique Flavor of the Irish Mule
  • How to Prepare and Serve an Irish Mule
  • A Comprehensive List of Easy Irish Mule Recipes

The Origin of the Mule

People have been mixing Irish Mules since the late 1940's. To understand the humble beginnings of this remarkable whiskey cocktail, you must first consider the history of its predecessor, the original Moscow Mule. 

The Moscow Mule was introduced in 1941 as a marketing ploy to get the Hollywood cocktail scene acquainted with vodka (and ginger beer as a mixer), and came cleverly packaged in an eye-catching copper mug

The drink was a hit, and spin-offs using different liquor bases were quick to emerge. Of all the variations of the Moscow Mule, the Irish Mule became the most prevalent. Americans already knew and loved whiskey, and were excited to discover how well it was complemented by zesty lime juice and spicy ginger beer. 

The Irish Mule goes by a number of different names. Historically, it's referred to as an Irish Buck (a Buck is simply what happens when you add ginger ale or ginger beer to a spirit). Sometimes called an Irish Moscow Mule, Midleton Mule, Jameson Mule, or Dublin Mule, this whiskey cocktail, no matter the name, is highly celebrated and always delicious.

No one person is credited with concocting this Mule variation. Bartenders love to get creative, and people love whiskey drinks - the Irish Mule was simply inevitable. 

Especially popular on the most celebrated holiday dedicated solely to drinking (St. Patrick's Day), the Irish Mule has become a fan favorite. It's simple to make, can be ordered at any bar or pub, or easily crafted at home in less than 90 seconds. This makes it ideal for entertaining, and is sure to impress your guests.

The Unique Flavor the the Irish Mule

This cocktail clearly looks amazing, but what does an Irish Mule taste like? 

A well-crafted cocktail is all about balance and presentation. The Irish Mule is a convergence of two powerful flavors: the acidity and citric zest of lime juice, and the potent spice and heat of ginger. The harshness of both ingredients are subdued when mixed, and transform into a uniquely refreshing and luscious flavor. 

Ginger is a critical part of what makes the Irish Mule so appealing. But is there a difference between using ginger ale instead of ginger beer?

There absolutely is. Ginger beer is superior to ginger ale for all Mule variations because of its potency and texture. Ginger beer has a stoutness, and its thick carbonation results in a fantastic fizziness. It also has a more pungent smell that is enhanced with the floral bouquet of fresh lime juice. 

The whiskey you choose for your Irish Mule will also certainly affect the overall flavor of the cocktail. For example, an Irish whiskey will typically be much smoother than an American whiskey. Irish whiskey is lighter and less sweet than the full-bodied American whiskey (due to distillation techniques, and Irish whiskey being made from barley, whereas American whiskey can be made from corn, rye, or wheat). 

When comparing the Moscow Mule vs. the Irish Mule, the flavor profile tends to be rather similar. Moscow Mules use vodka which, depending on the quality, can have a very minimalist flavor. Whiskey tends to be somewhat bolder, but also is incredibly versatile in the array of mixers it can pair well with. Whichever spirit you prefer, it's the ginger and lime combination that make the Mule so memorable. 

When mixing any cocktail, especially the Irish Mule, fresh and high quality ingredients make a big difference. If you skimp out and use bottled lime juice from the supermarket and ginger ale because they are cheaper and easier to find, expect a far less appealing cocktail. And going the extra mile by garnishing and infusing with fresh mint can take your Irish Mule to the next level!

How to Prepare and Serve an Irish Mule

Some cocktails require a high level of expertise, equipment and precision. Luckily, the Irish Mule does not, and its simplicity is certainly part of its appeal. If you can cut a lime and put ice in a cup, you are good to go!

Moscow Mules are typically served in a gleaming copper mug, and if you have some, then by all means extend the tradition to the Irish Mule. However, this is completely optional, and a tall glass or tumbler will also do the trick. It depends on what's available, and how fancy you want to feel as you sip your Mule. 

When preparing your Irish Mule, decide how much you like the taste of ginger. Ginger is an amazing root, renowned for its spicy flavor, medicinal properties and soothing effect on the stomach. Ginger beer can be either alcoholic or non-alcoholic, and is thicker and more potent than it's more well known cousin ginger ale. Ginger Ale is lighter, sweeter, and less fizzy. In the end, the choice is yours, although most mixologists and traditionalists would agree that ginger beer is the best choice. 

When it comes to limes, it is essential to use only freshly squeezed juice. Although every supermarket carries lemon and lime juice in small, fruit-shaped plastic bottles, it is wise to avoid this option (unless you really have no choice). They are full of preservatives and sugar, and pale in comparison to the zest of a fresh lime. One lime should be enough juice for two drinks, so make sure you buy plenty!

The ice can be cubed or crushed, and is also something you need to be sure you have enough of beforehand. Filtered water is recommended, but not required. The Irish Mule is best served over ice, so be prepared by making an ample amount a few hours prior to mixing. 

The lime should also be sliced and used as a garnish, and is beautifully complemented by a sprig of fresh mint. This adds color and aromas to your Irish Mule, which enhances the overall experience of the drink. Garnishes are easy to prepare, and help make your drink look and feel professional. So, as important as the base ingredients may be, don't neglect the garnishes!

The Irish Mule is a great cocktail to make because it's easy, and takes about a minute. Halving the lime and squeezing it into the glass is the most labor intensive part of the process, followed by opening the bottle of ginger beer. This is also a great drink to have set up at a drink station at a party, so your guests can follow the easy recipe and make their own Irish Mules at their leisure. They can have fun mixing it as strong or as fancy as they'd like, freeing up the host to attend to more pressing matters. 

Mules are great if you're counting calories or carbs. An Irish mule is comparable to a glass of wine in terms of calories (about 120), and the citric Vitamin C and ginger root are also incredibly healthy. 

The Irish Mule is fast and easy to make, requires just three common ingredients, and is an ideal cocktail for hosting. Cheers!

A Complete List of Easy Irish Mule Recipes

Green Irish Mule

Ingredients

  • 10 mint leaves, muddled
  • 2 shots Irish Whiskey
  • 3/4 cup non-alcoholic ginger beer
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 splash lime sparkling water (optional)

Instructions

  1. Muddle fresh mint leaves and lime in a copper mug (using an official muddler, or the back of a spoon).
  2. Add whiskey and splash of sparkling water and give a quick stir. 
  3. Fill ice to the rim, then top off the mug with ginger beer. 
  4. Garnish with fresh mint and lime wheel floating in the drink and on the side of the mug. 
  5. Enjoy!

Dublin Mule Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey 
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 5 ounces ginger beer
  • Bitters
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Fill a copper mug or cocktail glass about three-quarter's full with ice.
  2. Pour the Irish whiskey over the ice, squeeze some fresh lime juice and add a dash of bitters. Give it a good mix with a spoon or chopstick.
  3. Fill to the top with ginger beer, garnish with a wedge of lime, and serve!

Midleton Mule Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of your favorite Irish whiskey
  • Half a can of ginger beer
  • Two pumps of ginger syrup
  • Half a lime
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Add your whiskey, ginger syrup, and lime juice in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously.
  2. Fill your mule mug with ice, and pour your whiskey concoction from the shaker through the strainer into the mug. 
  3. Fill the mug with ginger beer, and give a few quick swirls with a cocktail stirrer. Add a lime wheel garnish, and be sure to make eye contact while cheers-ing your friends. Bottoms up!

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Top 4 Mexican Mule Recipes

Top 4 Mexican Mule Recipes

For nearly 80 years, one of the most iconic cocktails in the world has been the Moscow Mule. With the resurgence of cocktail culture in the last ten years, this delicious drink has once again made its way into the hearts, and bellies, of many. People seem captivated by the vodka drink that balances ginger beer and lime juice, and comes in a distinguished copper mug

Recently, mixologists have tinkered with the original recipe, and expanded the possibilities to include just about every liquor base, and a number of complementary garnishes. Of all the mule variations that exist, few are more appealing and refreshing than the Tequila Mule, also known as the Mexican Mule. 

What is a Mexican Mule, and why is it so amazing? In this article, we will...

  • Investigate the origins of the Mexican Mule cocktail
  • Explore its diverse flavor profile
  • Learn about how it's prepared 
  • Present the most comprehensive list of easy Tequila Mule recipes

Origins of the Mexican Mule Drink

The classic Moscow Mule was created in 1941, and the first tequila ginger cocktail can be traced as far back as 1946. In those days, both vodka and tequila were quite rare and unfamiliar to the American palette, and were considered quite "exotic."

One of the earliest examples of the Tequila Mule can be found in the 1946 edition of Trader Vic's Book of Food and Drink. This essential cocktail guide describes a tasty cocktail called "El Diablo," which was a refined example of a "Buck". A Buck is any spirit served with either ginger ale or ginger beer, lime and creme de cassis (a sweet, dark red liqueur made from black currants). 

Most easy Mexican Mule recipes omit creme de cassis, and instead focus on increasing the spiciness or sweetness by adding different fruits, vegetables and herbs. 

There is no one person credited for officially inventing the Mexican Mule, or any of the Moscow Mule variations. Bartenders like to get creative, and quickly discovered the versatility of the "Mule" part of the drink (the ginger beer). When paired with lime juice, ginger can compliment just about whatever spirit you like the most. And with the overwhelming popularity of the Margarita, adding ginger beer to create a Tequila Mule seemed destined to be a hit. 

Although particularly fashionable on Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican Mule can always be found at most Mexican restaurants and tequila bars year round. And if it's not on your favorite bar menu, provided they have ginger beer, your bartender won't have any problem making one for you. 

What Does a Mexican Mule Taste Like?

Simply put, a Mexican Mule is absolutely delicious. In its most simplistic form, it is almost identical to its cousin, the Moscow Mule. The cocktail's distinct flavors are a balance of ginger and lime, that together are both refreshing and bold. 

Perhaps due to its origins in the desert, tequila is often identified as a summer drink. However, the Mexican Mule is definitely a year-round drink, defying seasonal exclusivity. Its spice will warm your soul on a brisk winter night, or refresh you to the core on a scorching summer afternoon. 

Sometimes referred to as a Jalisco Mule, this cocktail brilliantly balances the fizziness and spice of a great ginger beer with a citrus counterpoint of freshly squeezed limes. Many variations of the Tequila Mule also focus on sweetness by adding muddled pineapple, strawberry or peach. 

A great mixed drink should always be balanced, with contrasting flavors that compliment the spirit and excite the taste buds. The carbonation of the ginger beer creates a soothing texture not commonly found in most cocktails and, depending on the strength of the ginger beer used, the earthy spice can be a nice departure from the overwhelming sweetness of many cocktails. The lime juice offers a tartness, and keeps the ginger's potency in check. There's nothing quite like it.

Another element that makes the Tequila Moscow Mule unique is the garnishes. Whereas a traditional Moscow Mule is garnished with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint, a Mexican Mule often adds jalapeno slices, pineapple chunks, or cilantro. 

Jalapeno will certainly increase the heat, and pronounce certain musky notes of the tequila. The acidity of pineapple is a great substitute for fresh limes, but also pairs quite well with any fresh citrus. And, if you love coriander, you know how refreshing it can be - its notes of citrus enhance the natural flavors of the lime juice, and create a robust bouquet for the nose. 

Whether you're in the mood for something a bit spicy, or cool and sweet, the Tequila Mule has exactly what you're looking for. 

Pro Tips on How to Prepare a Mexican Mule

Unlike some fancy cocktails, the Moscow Mule and all its variations (like the Tequila Mule) are pretty easy to make. In fact, the only specialized equipment needed is the copper mug it's served in (and, although purists may cringe, truth be told, any cup or glass will do). 

Here are some important things to remember when making your Mexican Moscow Mules:

1. Use high quality ingredients. A mixed drink is only as good as what you put in it and, the higher the quality, the better the end result. This means using your favorite brand of tequila, and ice made from purified water.

2. Use ginger beer, and not ginger ale! Sure, they are both ginger beverages, and ginger ale is far easier to obtain. However, it is no substitute for the body and intense flavor of a quality ginger beer. Ginger beer itself can vary in both quality and strength, so do some research, and only use the best. Another option is to make your own ginger beer, which can be fun, but will require planning a few days in advance. However, if you really want to impress your guests, and save some money, brewing your own batch can be pretty easy.

3. Use fresh lime juice from fresh limes. As tempting as it may be to use the little green plastic fruit-shaped bottle available at any supermarket, this drink absolutely insists on the real thing. The flavor of a fresh lime is brighter and more intense than any bottled juice, and cannot be substituted. Also, you ought to garnish your drink with a lime wedge, so don't be lazy, and only use fresh limes when making your mule.

4. If adding additional fruit to your Tequila Mule, be sure to not only use them as a garnish, but also be sure to muddle it in the bottom of your mug before adding the tequila and ginger beer. If your recipe calls for strawberry puree, or pineapple chunks, take a moment to crush the fruit with a spoon to unleash its full potential. Just placing a pineapple in a drink will do little to the overall flavor profile- you gotta smash it up! 

5. Garnish like a champion. Presentation is a crucial element when making a mixed drink, and the right garnish can do a lot for your Mexican Mule. Not only does it add a pop of color and personality to the cocktail, it helps tell a story. Plus, they can be a nice snack to munch as you leisurely sip your mule. A fruit wedge is essential, and your choices range from lime to pineapple to strawberry. If you appreciate spicy, a jalapeno slice (minus the seeds) is a great touch. And either you love or you hate cilantro/coriander, but a sprig of some variety of fresh herb is never a bad idea. 

Easy Mexican Mule Recipes

Part of the genius of the Mexican Mule is the simplicity. It is typically just three or four ingredients, and only takes a couple minutes to prepare. Here are some great, easy recipes for how to make a Mexican Mule, but feel free to get creative and make something unique. 

Simple Tequila Mule Recipe

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 1.5 ounces of your favorite tequila
  • 1/2 a lime
  • A bottle of ginger beer
  • Crushed ice

Directions

  1. Pour some salt in a dish, wet the rim of your mug or glass, and dip into the salt.
  2. Squeeze fresh lime juice with some pulp into the mug or glass, and fill with crushed ice. 
  3. Add your shot of tequila, and fill the rest of the mug or glass with ginger beer. 
  4. Give it a few swirls to mix thoroughly, and garnish with a wedge of lime.
  5. Enjoy!

Pineapple Mexican Mule Recipe

Ingredients

  • A quality tequila of your choice
  • Fresh lime
  • Fresh pineapple chunks
  • Ginger beer
  • Cubed ice
  • Fresh mint

Directions

  1. Add a slice of lime and pineapple wedge to the bottom of a chilled copper mug or glass.
  2. Use the back of a spoon to muddle the lime and pineapple.
  3. Add your tequila and stir.
  4. Add ice, cubed or crushed 3/4 of the way full.
  5. Pour in the ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel, fresh mint and pineapple slice.

Strawberry Mexican Mule Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1.5 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce Strawberry Puree
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • Splash of club soda (optional)

For the Strawberry Puree:

  • 2 cups quartered strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey (or agave)

Directions

  1. Use a food processor or blender to make your strawberry puree, and strain in a metal sieve. 
  2. Mix the puree and lime juice with the tequila in your mug or glass, and stir rigorously.
  3. Fill it up with ice, and pour in the ginger beer. Garnish with a strawberry slice and sprig of mint. 

Spicy Mexican Mule Recipe

Ingredients

  • High quality tequila
  • Organic ginger beer
  • Fresh lime
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • Ginger beer
  • Cilantro (optional)

Directions

  1. Slice a jalapeno, remove the seeds, and add several slices to the bottom of your chilled copper mug.
  2. Add freshly squeezed lime juice, and muddle with jalapeno.
  3. Fill the mug with ice, and top with ginger beer. For an extra kick, pre-make some ice cubes with jalapeno slices or lime wedges inside - it's amazing. 
  4. Garnish with a slice of jalapeno and optional sprig of fresh cilantro. 

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