cool mule cocktails

Hot Day? Try One of These Cool Mule Cocktails

Mule cocktails have exploded onto the scene in the last few years. Thanks to the magic of the mule cup, these chilly drinks have become popular everywhere from formal celebrations to outdoor patios.

A basic mule has a few simple ingredients, and it’s easy to play with them to create a drink to meet anyone’s tastes. Keep reading to learn more about what makes a drink a “mule” and mules you can use to impress friends and family at your next party.

What Makes a Mule

The signature feature of any mule cocktail has as much to do with the drinkware it’s served in as it does with the ingredients it features. A classic Moscow mule is served in a distinctive copper mug, and all the best variations follow suit.

These copper mugs work because copper is an excellent thermal conductor. It responds significantly to the temperature of the drink inside it, keeping cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. This keeps ice in the cocktail from melting and watering down the flavor of the drink, while also keeping the drink as chilled and refreshing as possible. Some people also say that the copper adds to the drink’s flavor.

The Moscow Mule

The original mule drink is, of course, the Moscow mule. The classic cocktail has a few standard ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • Ginger beer

Fill a mule mug with ice cubes then pour in the vodka and lime juice. Add ginger beer to taste or to fill the mug and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint.

Some people find the kick of ginger beer to be a bit much, so ginger ale can be used as a substitute to get a softer flavor. If you still want the kick but can’t find ginger beer, muddling fresh ginger in the mule mug before adding the ice can help achieve the same effect.

The Hong Kong Mule

For a mule variation that will be new to almost anyone, try the Hong Kong mule. This cocktail swaps Baijiu, a Chinese spirit, for vodka. To make a Hong Kong mule, you’ll need:

  • 2 oz Baijiu
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • Ginger beer

Fill a mule mug with ice cubes and then add the Baijiu and lime juice before topping the drink with ginger beer. Stir well and garnish with a lime wedge.

The Desert Mule

For those who like to explore floral notes in their cocktails, try serving up a Desert mule. This drink is a bit more complicated than most mule variations and includes:

  • 1 1/2 oz lime-flavored vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
  • 3/4 oz ginger syrup
  • 1 oz blue butterfly pea blossom extract
  • 1/4 oz soda water

To make a Desert mule, add ice to a copper mule mug and add all the ingredients. Stir well and garnish with a blue butterfly pea blossom flower.

The Cherry Limeade Mule

If you’re looking for something extra refreshing on a hot day, try this play on another classic summer drink: cherry limeade. For this mule you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz maraschino cherry juice
  • Ginger beer

Fill a mule glass with ice and add in vodka, lime juice, and cherry juice. Stir, then add ginger beer to fill the mug. Garnish with lime wedges and a maraschino cherry.

Maraschino cherry juice can be too sweet for some, so feel free to use less if 1/2 oz is not to your liking.

There are hundreds of mule variations out there to try and they’re all crisp and cool, making them perfect for hot days or any other occasion.

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