The Gin Gin mule was invented by Audrey Saunders, owner of Pegu Club—one of the early influential bars in the cocktail renaissance of the early 2000’s. And while the Gin Gin version of the Mule didn’t quite take on the popularity of the Moscow Mule among the cocktail-loving public, it gained credibility within the bartending community almost immediately. Soon after its creation, the drink popped up at other bars that were early entrants in the rejuvenated cocktail movement.
Today, the Gin Gin Mule popularity has spread far and wide, and it’s one of a handful of newer cocktails that can truly be called a classic. While it has elements of both a Mojito and a Mule, Saunders says her highball is a Mule through and through, thanks to the ginger beer. She uses a house-made ginger beer at Pegu Club, but for those of us who do not brew our own, a spicy brand like Maine Root, Fever Tree or Reed’s is perfect but Goslings will due in a pinch. As long as you stay away from a sweet bottle of ginger ale, you’ll be OK.
This is a perfect cocktail on a warm afternoon in Ft Lauderdale, sitting on the deck with friends enjoying the sunset.
8 mint leaves
3/4 ounce lime juice (freshly squeezed)
1 ounce simple syrup
1 3/4 ounces gin
2 oz ginger beer
Garnish: sprig of mint
Muddle mint leaves, simple syrup, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add gin and fill with ice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled cocktail glass; top with ginger beer and garnish with a mint sprig.