Hair of the Mule Recipe

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Created by: Kevin Goleman, Bar Manager, Troon Golf, Silver Creek Valley Country Club, San Jose, CA.


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 3-5 pieces pickled ginger
  • Ginger beer, to top


  1. Muddle all ingredients in a copper mug, add ice and fill with ginger beer.
  2. Stir the cocktail, to allow the goodness from the bottom to reach the top.
  3. Trust the bartender, this helps.


The Hair of the Mule came about, as most great inventions do, as the product of necessity. After an evening spent enjoying traditional mules with friends during our annual hacker’s cup golf tournament, I woke up for an early morning tee time needing a little something to “help the golf swing.”  To the leftover Stoli and ginger beer, I added some of the lemon, cayenne and ginger drink my wife had packed for me.  The final touch was the leftover honey from the room service breakfast. And with that, the Hair of the Mule was born. While it in no way helped my golf game (not much does) it did provide a refreshing alternative to a Bloody Mary. This is also a great cocktail to loosen up before the weekend round of golf during the summer, or to enjoy with fellow fans at an early season tailgate party.