The Gin Mule


Gin first made its appearance in Holland in 1269, and was initially used as medicine to stop scurvy and calm upset stomachs at sea on Dutch Royal Navy ships.

We can’t attest to whether it actually healed the sick, but we can bet that at that point in time the Royal Navy had a roster of some of the world’s happiest sailors.

Since the 17th-century, gin has made the transition from anti-nausea medication to one of the most beloved spirits in the world. In fact, global sales of gin now total nearly 60 million cases, with almost half of that being consumed in the Philippines. 

This well-loved spirit gets its signature flavor from juniper berries or, more specifically, the female seed cone on juniper trees. It’s also concocted using a very similar distilling process to one of our very favorite mule ingredients — vodka!

In fact, some might argue that gin is essentially vodka with added flavor — the only major difference being the botanicals used to distill gin are always natural as opposed to the frequently artificially-flavored vodkas you see lining grocery store shelves.

As a Mulehead, you already know that one of the primary ingredients in an Original Moscow Mule is vodka. Because gin and vodka are so closely related, we thought it would be fun (and tasty!) to mix up a gin-inspired mule recipe.

A little gin, lime juice and ginger beer later, we stumbled upon a recipe that we’ll be

certain to keep in our recipe book. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

The Gin Mule Recipe

Makes 1 cocktail


  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 ½ ounces gin
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 2 ounces chilled ginger beer


  1. Add the mint into a copper mug. Muddle gently.
  2. Add the simple syrup, lime juice and gin and stir.
  3. Fill the copper mug with ice and top off with ginger beer.

And for the perfect mule-drinking experience, always mix your mule in a pure copper mug.

Don’t have one? No worries!

Pick up an Original Moscow Copper Mug from our store today!

And if you’ve got leftover gin, lime juice and ginger beer on hand, why not try out a few different mule varieties?

Grab a copy of our Mulehead recipe book for over 75 more creative takes on the classic Moscow Mule.

Your taste buds will thank you!