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London Mule Cocktail

Simple to make and delicious to drink, the London Mule is a cool and refreshing classic first popularized in the 1950s.

London Mule Cocktail with a lime slice as a cocktail garnish with droplets of water on the edge of the glass, limes and lemons on the sides

It’s similar to a Moscow Mule but with gin instead of vodka. You can make one in minutes, and it’s also easy to customize.  

How to Make a London Mule

You don’t even need a shaker to make a London Mule. Whipping one up takes only a few minutes.

London Mule Cocktail with a lime slice as a cocktail garnish with droplets of water on the edge of the glass, limes and lemons on the sides

London Mule

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

Only a few ingredients are required to make this drink. However, because it's so simple, the quality of each ingredient plays an important role in the overall taste.


  • 2 ounces of gin
  • 3 ounces of ginger beer
  • 1/2 ounce of lime juice
  • Lime wedge or wheel


    1. Pack a glass or mug with ice
    2. Add the gin and lime juice at the same time
    3. Top the glass with the ginger beer
    4. Stir briefly
    5. Finally, garnish the drink with lime

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About the London Mule

Originally created in the 20th century, the Moscow Mule found a surprising resurgence of popularity across the country in the early 2000s. Featuring vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, it combines sophistication with simplicity. Still popular today, you can order a Moscow Mule in practically any bar in the country.  

All three of the base elements in the drink can be switched around. Of all the variations you’ll find, one of the most popular is the London Mule, which keeps the ginger beer and lime juice but switches out the vodka for gin.

Nobody particularly knows where the London Mule was invented, as bartenders have been altering the Moscow Mule since its invention. The name is due to the inclusion of gin, a spirit strongly associated with London. (Along those same lines, the Mexican Mule uses Tequila, and the Kentucky Mule is made with bourbon.)  

If you’re a fan of the often-bracing kick of the juniper berries, choose a London dry gin. However, if you enjoy a more citrusy taste, a modern, flavored gin is likely what you’ll prefer instead.

You have two options for ginger beer: homemade or canned/bottle. Both work well with a London Mule. However, you want to avoid using ginger beer in a shaker, as the carbonation can cause it to overflow.  

The Gin-Gin Mule Variation

If you’re a fan of the London Mule, but want a drink with a fresher taste, try the Gin-Gin Mule. It adds mint and simple syrup. To make a Gin-Gin Mule, you’ll need a shaker.


With how well-loved the classic Moscow Mule is around the globe, it’s no surprise there are some popular variations like the London Mule. This drink is perfect for gin-lovers, so give it try if that sounds like you!

London Mule Cocktail
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Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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