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This Irish mule is a fun Irish whiskey twist on the traditional Moscow mule cocktail. This drink is spicy, sweet and super refreshing.
What is a Irish Mule Cocktail?
An Irish mule cocktail is a combination of Irish whiskey, lime juice, ice, ginger beer with a sprig of mint for garnish. This cocktail has a strong sweet spice from the ginger beer which brings out the caramel flavor in the whiskey as it goes down.
This drink is a variation of the traditional IBA standard Moscow mule. It’s simply substitutes Irish whiskey for vodka. The Moscow mule dates back to the early 1940s.
With the combination of ginger ale or ginger beer, citrus juice and liquor this cocktail falls into the buck family of drinks.
Mule drinks like this are typically served in pretty copper mugs. The purpose of the copper mug is to provide insulation to keep the drink extra cold as you sip it. It’s also part of the tradition of the mule drinks.
However, if you don’t have a copper mug, don’t feel like you can’t make this drink. You can whip this one up and any type of glassware you prefer such as a highball glass.
The Irish whiskey in this drink provides a sweet, smooth caramel flavor. It is the only ingredient with any alcohol content used. We prefer Jameson Irish whiskey which is extremely smooth. However, you can use any type of Irish whiskey you prefer.
The ginger beer in this cocktail is the predominant flavor. Therefore, try to use a high quality ginger beer so you get optimal spice and fizz.
When to Make This Drink:
This easy to make refreshing cocktail it’s perfectly suited for serving at times such as:
- Happy hour
- spring or summer get togethers
- drinks with dinner
They’re only a handful of variations possible for this drink since it’s only made of three ingredients. But, here are a few ideas to try:
- Use a different Irish whiskey. Though Jameson is our favorite Irish whiskey to use, you can certainly use any type of Irish whiskey you like.
- Use fresh squeezed lime juice. Squeeze your own lime juice to have the freshest citrus flavor possible.
- Add a simple syrup. Give a little dash of sweetness to the drink by using either plain simple syrup or a flavored simple syrup such as ginger simple syrup or mint simple syrup.
- Trade out the liquor. Use tequila to make a Mexican mule, Kentucky bourbon to make a Kentucky mule or gin to make a gin gin mule.
How to make this drink:
If you have 5 minutes or less you can whip this drink up easily. There’s no need for shaking or stirring this one.
- Copper Mug
- 2 oz Jameson
- 4 oz Ginger beer
- .5 oz Lime juice
- Top with mint leaves
Collect everything you need to make this cocktail including sprig of mint, ice, copper mug, ginger beer, Irish whiskey, jigger and lime juice.
Throw enough ice into the copper mug to fill it to the top.throw enough ice into the copper mug to fill it to the top.
Use the jigger to measure 2 oz of Irish whiskey. Pour the Irish whiskey into the copper mug.
Use a jigger to measure .5 oz of lime juice. Pour the lime juice into the copper mug.
Use a jigger to measure 4 oz of ginger beer. Pour the ginger beer into the copper mug.
Toss a sprig of mint on top of the drink and enjoy.
- Copper Mug
- 2 oz Irish Whiskey
- 4 oz Ginger Beer
- .5 oz Lime Juice
- Sprig Mint
- Place ice into the copper mug so that it is filled to the top.
- Pick up the irish whiskey and use the jigger to measure out 2 oz. Dump the irish whiskey into the mug.
- Pick up the lime juice and use the jigger to measure out .5 oz. Dump the lime juice into the mug.
- Pick up the ginger beer and use the jigger to measure out 4 oz. Dump the ginger beer into the mug.
- Pick up a sprig of mint and add it to the side of the mug.
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