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London Mule

This spin on the classic Moscow Mule replaces vodka with London dry gin, giving it a unique flavor profile that’s perfect for any occasion. The London Mule is typically served in a copper mug or highball glass with ice, and it’s garnished with a lime wheel or wedge.

london mule in copper mug with tanqueray and ginger beer in background

There are many variations of the London Mule, including the Kentucky Mule, Mexican Mule, and French Mule. Bartenders often experiment with different base spirits, such as tequila or bourbon, and add ingredients like cucumber or bitters to create unique flavor combinations. 


The London Mule cocktail is a variation of the classic Moscow Mule, with a distinct British twist. The Moscow Mule, made with vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, was created in the United States in the mid-20th century. The London Mule, as the name suggests, has its roots in the vibrant city of London.

london mule in copper mug with mint and lime

The London Mule cocktail is believed to have originated in London during the early 2000s, when bartenders began experimenting with different variations of the Moscow Mule. The London Mule typically replaces vodka with London Dry Gin, giving the cocktail a more complex and aromatic flavor.

The London Mule has become a popular cocktail in bars and restaurants around the world. It is often served in a copper mug, which helps to keep the drink cold and enhances the flavor of the ginger beer. The London Mule has also inspired other variations, such as the British Mule, which replaces ginger beer with ale.

How to Make It

london mule in copper mug with tanqueray and ginger beer in background

London Mule

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Making a London Mule cocktail is easy and requires only a few ingredients. Here's how you can make one:

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  • 2 ounces of London dry gin
  • 1/2 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 ounces of ginger beer
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel for garnish


    1. Fill a copper mug (or a highball glass) with ice cubes.
    2. Add 2 ounces of London dry gin and 1/2 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice to the mug.
    3. Top it with 3 ounces of ginger beer.
    4. Stir the mixture briefly.
    5. Garnish with a lime wheel.


If you don't have a copper mug, you can use any glass you have available. The copper mug is traditional and provides a unique drinking experience, but it is not essential to the taste of the cocktail.

When it comes to gin, London dry gin is the best choice for a London Mule cocktail. However, you can use any gin you prefer. The key is to choose a gin that complements the ginger beer and lime juice.

For the ginger beer, you can use either alcoholic or non-alcoholic ginger beer. Ginger ale can also be used as a substitute, but it will result in a sweeter cocktail. If you prefer a spicier cocktail, use a ginger beer with a higher ginger content.

To add some extra flavor to your London Mule cocktail, you can add a dash of Angostura bitters or a teaspoon of simple syrup. You can also garnish the cocktail with a lime wedge or some fresh mint leaves.

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London Mule is a versatile cocktail that can be customized to suit your taste preferences. Here are some of the variations you can try:

Gin-Gin Mule

This variation replaces the vodka with gin and adds muddled mint leaves and simple syrup for a fresh and herbaceous twist.

Royal Mule

A Royal Mule is a variation of the London Mule that is made with elderflower liqueur and champagne instead of ginger beer. This cocktail is a popular choice for special occasions and celebrations.

Kentucky Mule

Swap the gin for bourbon, and you have a Kentucky Mule. This variation has a warm and smoky flavor that is perfect for cold nights.

Mexican Mule

Replace the gin with tequila, and you have a Mexican Mule. This variation has a spicy kick that pairs well with lime and ginger beer.

French Mule

Use flavored gin, such as elderflower or citrus, and add a splash of St-Germain for a French twist on the classic.

Irish Mule

Swap the gin for Irish whiskey, and you have an Irish Mule. This variation has a smooth and rich flavor that is perfect for sipping.

Cucumber Mule

Add muddled cucumber to the classic recipe for a refreshing and crisp twist on the London Mule.

London Mule
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