Many of us will have heard of the legendary Moscow Mule. It’s a classic cocktail and it’s been around forever. It is a cocktail made with vodka, spicy ginger beer, and lime juice, garnished with a slice or wedge of lime. The Moscow Mule is generally served in copper mugs and is one of the simplest and most delicious cocktails ever.
But what does all this have to do with gin, I hear you ask? Well, there is a special variation of this drink for gin lovers and, just like the city it was born in, it was so good, they named it twice. It’s called (for obvious reasons), the Gin-Gin Mule.
The beautiful “love child” of a Moscow Mule and a Mojito
Invented in New York in the year 2000, this delicious drink is the beautiful love child of a Moscow Mule and a Mojito, so it has good genes! But this is more than just a change of booze. The subtle difference is that it substitutes gin for vodka and adds the muddled mintiness of a Mojito to create a gorgeous taste and flavour combination that, in my opinion, far exceeds the beauty of its two elderly parents.
Just imagine this – a muddle of sugary mintiness at the bottom, offset by the spiciness and bubbles of a freshly opened bottle of ginger beer (we recommend Fentimans or Fever Tree) with a little citrus tartness to give it a refreshing edge and a big blast of a decent london dry gin such as Beefeater or Bombay Sapphire.
Traditionally, a Moscow Mule is served in a small, handbeaten copper mug, but this drink works almost as well in a highball glass or a tumbler. But the copper mug is better for sure. Not only does it look good but it adds a bit of novelty to your regular drinking approach. And apparently, drinking from a cold copper mug maintains and even increases the bubbliness of the ginger beer, ensuring that your drink will be sparkling every time. You can pick up a set of four of these beautiful, hand beaten copper mugs for less than £20 and guarantee that the sparkle will remain right up to the last drop.
Wow, Gin-Gin Mule is a great drink and its parents should be proud. No wonder this quickly became a contemporary classic when it was first introduced to customers at New York’s Pegu Club 20 years ago. Deliciously spicy and citrusy at the same time, the fresh, muddled mint takes it to another level altogether. We cannot recommend this cocktail highly enough, but make sure you use freshly opened, high quality ginger beer to make sure the fizz is truly fizzing!
Gin-Gin Mule recipe
- 4 mint sprigs
- 1/2 oz of fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz of simple syrup
- 2 oz gin (Bombay Sapphire)
- 2 ounces of high quality ginger beer (Fever Tree or Fentimans)
- Garnish with lime wedges and a sprig of mint
- Muddle the mint leaves in the bottom of the mug/glass using a wooden spoon
- Add the lime juice, simple syrup and gin
- Stir to combine
- Add ice and fill to top with ginger beer.
- Stir gently
- Wipe the rim of the glass with a lime wedge
- Garnish with lime and mint (or a slice of ginger root)
Calories per serving: 177