The Pirating Mule

Pirating MuleThe Pirating Mule

Of all of the different ways to make a Moscow Mule, this is one of my personal favorites. Why? We like rum…a lot…and this twist on the classic mule is made with a pirate’s favorite spirit. You’ll dig this one folks…and, ok, if you’re getting’ all technical on us, fine, call it a Dark and Stormy. 🙂


  • 2 oz. light rum (dark rum is fine too)
  • A quarter of a Lime (if you like it a little more acidic, go for a half or whole lime)
  • Lime wedge
  • Quality ginger beer


  1. Pour rum right into your copper mug over lots of ice.
  2. Squeeze in lime juice until well juiced.
  3. Pour in the ginger beer until your mug is a little more than 3/4 of the way full.
  4. Stir then drop in the lime as a garnish.
  5. Bottoms up!

Pro tips:

  • Pirating MuleMany 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. 🙂
  • 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). 😉

Rum based Moscow Mule

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Pirating Mule