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Moscow Mule with Gin


Posted: 09/30/23

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In this delectable Moscow Mule with Gin, two gins are definitely better than one. This robust recipe combines good old-fashioned gin with ginger beer, the famous spicy ingredient in your favorite Moscow Mule recipe.

two copper mugs of moscow mule with gin with ice, garnished with mint leaves and limes, two bottles of ginger beer in background

All you gin lovers will LOVE this gin mule recipe. It takes the snappy ginger beer flavor of the classic Moscow Mule Cocktail and adds the sweetness of Simple Syrup. Once you toss in some fragrant fresh mint, lime, and gin… ahh! You won’t believe how flawlessly these flavors come together. Moscow Mule variations are endless, but this one is a favorite for sure.

man's hand muddling mint leaves with lime juice in a mixing glass to make a moscow mule with gin, with copper mugs, bottles of ginger beer, and lime wedges in the background

Ingredients for Gin Moscow Mule

This recipe is simple and can be found at the bottom of the post. Here is what you need:

  • Fresh mint leaves. Adding such a refreshing element to this gin mule, these are a must.
  • Simple Syrup. Mix up a batch of my homemade simple syrup. As the name implies, it’s very easy to make and you can use it in a million different ways.
  • Lime juice. You can use lime juice from the grocery store, or squeeze your own limes (enough to make about half a cup for four servings). I always recommend fresh lime juice for the freshest flavor.
  • Gin. Good quality gin and ginger beer round out your list of ingredients. See below for which gin and ginger beer are best for mules.

Simple Syrup

An essential for any bar, simple syrup is easy to make and can be used in hundreds of cocktail recipes.
Learn the simple syrup ratio and how to make it at home!

Best Ginger Beer for Moscow Mule with Gin

Some ginger beers contain alcohol and some do not. This won’t affect the quality of the drink but is rather a personal preference. Check the packaging to see if yours is alcohol-free. Here are a few recommendations for choosing your ginger beer:

  • Crabbies: A great go-to that does contain alcohol. Sprecher Hard Ginger Beer is also a good choice.
  • Swap Ginger Ale: If you are going for a lighter and sweeter drink or can’t find ginger beer, use ginger ale instead.
man's hand pouring mixing glass of muddled mint and lime juice into a copper mug of ice to make a moscow mule with gin, surrounded by fresh mint leaves, limes, and two bottles of ginger beer

The Best Gin For This Recipe

The key is to choose a gin that you truly enjoy the flavor of. I typically prefer Bombay Sapphire for my gin cocktails, but Beefeater would also be a good choice. The botanical flavors of the gin are complimented wonderfully by the ginger beer, lime, and mint leaves.

How to Make this Moscow Mule with Ginger Recipe

Here is a brief overview of how this gin Moscow mule comes together. For the full recipe including all measurements, see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. If you’re making four gin mules (and why shouldn’t you?), grab a big bunch of fresh mint leaves.
  2. Combine the gorgeous mint with lime juice and the simple syrup in a mixing glass.
  3. Muddle the ingredients together.
  4. Strain into a pitcher with gin and ginger beer.
  5. Stir and pour over ice. CHEERS!
man's hand pouring bottle of ginger beer into a copper mug to make a moscow mule with gin, with bottles of ginger beer, lime wedges and fresh mint in background

Moscow Mule Mugs

It has become a tradition to serve Moscow Mules in copper mugs. While you can still enjoy a flavorful and delicious gin Moscow mule in a glass, the copper helps to keep the drink ice cold.


Copper Mugs

These copper mugs are perfect for all of your moscow mule recipes!
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How to Serve

Like all variations of Moscow mules, serve your Moscow Mule with Gin in a copper mug with lots of ice. But don’t let that hold you back from making this cocktail, it will also be delicious in a glass. Garnish with extra mint leaves and lime wedge.

Other Moscow Mule Recipes

The possibilities for experimenting and mixing up your classic Moscow Mules are about endless! Here are a few variations to try:

  • Feature tequila in this Tequila Mule that is just sweet enough!
  • Use vodka like in the classic Mule or try a flavored vodka for a fruity punch.
  • Spice things up with a Jalapeno Moscow Mule!
  • Keep the mint and swap out the gin for rum for a cross between mule and a Mojito.
two copper mugs of moscow mule with gin with ice, garnished with mint leaves and limes, two bottles of ginger beer in background

Other Gin Cocktails

If you make this Moscow mule with gin or any of our other recipes, leave a comment and let us know what you think!

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Moscow Mule with Gin

Serves: 4 people
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Take your favorite drink, the Original Moscow Mule, to new levels by adding gin and making a Gin Moscow Mule!


For 1 Gin Gin Mule

  • 5 mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 4 ounces ginger beer

For 4 Gin Gin Mules

  • 1 large bunch mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup gin
  • 16 ounces ginger beer


  • In a mixing glass combine the mint leaves, simple syrup, and lime juice.  Muddle together.
  • Strain into a glass or copper mug with ice and stir in the gin and ginger beer.
moscow mule with gin in copper mug garnished with mint and lime

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Lisa Longley has been creating great recipes for more than a decade. While it is too hard for her to pick her favorite cocktail, she is known to love our dirty martini.

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