Variations and Substitutions
While you may not be able to change gin as the base spirit, there are plenty of options for customizing this cocktail.
- Instead of lime juice, use lemon juice for a brighter citrus flavor.
- Add a splash of simple syrup to add a touch of sweetness.
- Experiment with other styles of gin such as Old Tom, Plymouth, or genever.
- Ginger ale can be used if you're out of ginger beer, although the spice notes won't be as strong.
If the mint sprig and lime wheel combination isn't doing it for you, consider one of these.
- Opt for a lime wedge or slice instead of the wheel.
- Use a lime peel, ribbon, or twist for more color.
- Include a dehydrated lime or lemon wheel for a more unique garnish.
- A lemon wheel, slice, wedge, or peel, ribbon, or twist add a bright splash of color.
About the Moscow Mule With Gin
The London Mule is a simple derivative of the Moscow mule, with gin as the base spirit instead of the traditional vodka. Born from three men sitting at a bar, each owning a stake in the ingredients, they opted to put it all together to see if a fire started. A fire did start: the Moscow mule flourished and continued to do so into the 21st century, its popularity only growing.
The London mule, or sometimes called the foghorn or Munich mule, is a popular spin on the mule. The juniper gin notes pair unexpectedly well with the spicy ginger beer notes. Different styles of gin will yield different flavors: London dry will give a drier taste, Old Tom will create a sweeter taste, and Plymouth will make a more citrus-forward cocktail.
London Mule: New City, Same Flavors
The Moscow mule with gin, or the London mule, is a refreshing update to the classic. The juniper and herbaceous notes tame the spicy ginger beer in new ways. You might never look back.