The Irish Mule Recipe

st-patrick-dayThe Moscow Mule has a very large family with lots of “cousins”, which is essentially another way to say spin offs from the classic cocktail in creative, delicious variations. One of these is the Irish Mule (sometimes referred to as a Dublin Mule). Like the original drink, it uses a core ingredient base of limes, quality ginger beer and ice but difference here is swapping out vodka with, you guessed it, Irish whiskey. Everyone will be green with envy after serving this amazing St. Patrick’s Day drink but it’s also incredibly refreshing on hot summer days. As you’ll see, its tasty and super easy to make…that’s our kind of cocktail. 🙂

The Irish Mule

Ingredients:

  • Moscow Mule Copper Mug1.5 oz. Irish Whiskey  (make it 2 oz. on St. Patrick’s Day 🙂 )
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • Quality ginger beer (Fever Tree or Q Ginger Beer work well here)
  • Ice
  • Slice of lime and mint (garnish)

Technique:

  • Fill up your copper mug with plenty of ice
  • Squeeze in half a lime on top of the ice
  • Pour in the Irish Whiskey
  • Top off with a good ginger beer and stir (some like to add a dash of aromatic bitters here too)
  • Garnish with a slice of lime & mint then sit back and enjoy! Cheers!

Pro tips:

  • Many of the recipes call for adding in twists like fruit. When mixing a drink that calls for, say, blueberries, peaches or apples, use a stronger Ginger Beer (like Fever Tree or Q Ginger Beer) for a more pronounced ginger flavor and less fruitiness. However, add more fruit than the recipe calls for and a lighter Ginger Beer (from a brand like Cock & Bull or Reed’s) if you want the fruit to stand out and the ginger flavor in the background. Stronger Ginger Beers have a tendency to override fruits and spices in these funked out Mules. You’re welcome. 🙂Fever tree
  • If you have copper mugs, store them or put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before party time…keeps your drink colder even longer.
  • With any recipe, the better the ingredients, the better its going to taste…its a “garbage in, garbage out” thing and the Moscow Mule isn’t any different. When possible, use higher quality spirits (e.g. Tito’s, Smirnoff, Kettle One), ginger beer (as mentioned, Fever Tree & Q are great) and fresh in-season fruits.
  • If a recipe calls for a fruit, you can muddle it in, add a couple ounces of it as a puree (toss it into the blender for 30 seconds) or both.
  • Most ginger beers are naturally sweet and balance well with the acidic lime flavors. However, some Moscow Mule recipes call for simple syrup so depending on your sweet tooth, the syrup might not be necessary. If you see a Mule recipe calling for it, try it without the sweetener first to gauge sweetness level then if needed, add the simple syrup. If your Mule turns out too sweet, “cut” it with an extra half of a lime (though more spirits can do the trick). 😉

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