Gin Gin Mule


We all have a go-to drink when we’re at the bar, right? Mine–hands down–is a gin and tonic.

With summer officially arriving to LA this past weekend, I figured it was time to take my typical drink up a notch by making my all-time favorite, fancy drink: a Gin-Gin Mule.

This drink is the definition of refreshing.

There’s spiciness from the ginger beer, lime juice, lots of mint, a splash of soda water, a bit of simple syrup and whole lot of muddling.

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You add lime juice, mint and simple syrup to a pitcher (or shaker). And muddle away…

I just used a wooden spoon as a muddler, since I don’t have one…they kind of freak me out because they kind of look like…you know…never mind.

Add the ginger beer and gin, and stir.  Don’t shake. Definitely don’t shake. Gin and Tonic

Ice cubes in a glass and pour. Delicious.

Top with a splash of soda water and another splash of ginger beer. Gin and Tonic

Garnish with a slice of lime and a piece of crystalized ginger. Gin and Tonic

Aaaaand scene.

Now, tell me…what’s your go-to drink?! Gin and Tonic

Gin Gin Mule

Recipe adapted from NY Mag

Print this recipe!

Make two drinks


1/4 cup lime juice

2 tablespoons simple syrup

12 to 14 mint leaves, torn

4 ounces and a splash of ginger beer, divided

3 ounces Tanqueray gin

Splash of soda water

Garnish: slice of lime & crystallized ginger

Simple Syrup:

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water in a saucepan

For the simple syrup, combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil for a few seconds. Set aside to cool.

Muddle the lime juice, simple syrup, and mint leaves together in the bottom of a pitcher or shaker. Add 4 ounces of ginger beer and gin. Stir well. Pour into a glass filled with ice, and top with additional ginger beer and splash of soda water. Garnish with crystalized ginger and a sprig of mint.

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  • Reply Jessica @ How Sweet June 27, 2011 at 3:44 am

    I do believe that one of these is in order… especially since it’s Monday.

  • Reply abby June 27, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Adrianna these look beautiful. My go-to is a whiskey sour. I make simple syrup and add freshly squeezed lime, lemon, and orange juice….then mix with whiskey of course! After all that squeezing, one deserves a little drinky-poo….

  • Reply Abbierr June 27, 2011 at 5:43 am

    My all time fav is a Long Island Ice Tea but, to keep it simple (and because most places use mixes- shudder), I usually get a Diet Coke & Bicardi.

  • Reply Tami Anderson June 27, 2011 at 9:19 am

    My go to drink is a 7 and 7. 1 shot Seagram’s® 7 whiskey and 6 oz 7-Up soda. Put a few cubes of ice into an old-fashioned glass. Pour a shot of Seagram 7 into the glass, then pour the 7-up into the glass. Shake or stir briskly. Its not a fancy drink but I feel so chic when I order it. But I am totally gonna try a gin and tonic because I love gin!

  • Reply Katrina June 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Mmmm love this drink. So tasty and refreshing!

  • Reply NicoleD June 27, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I love the Moscow Mule and we ran out of vodka last night. We were wondering if Gin would work and it looks like it will work just fine! I love Reed’s Ginger Beer. We get the extra ginger variety 🙂

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna June 28, 2011 at 11:22 am

      Next time I might muddle ginger with the lime juice and mint to make it even more spicy. Or buy the extra ginger variety that you speak of!

  • Reply Shannon O'Connell June 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    A Manhattan!

  • Reply Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! June 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    In summer, my go to drink is the mojito. I know, I know, how cliche. But whatevs, they make me happy, and if I make ’em with dark rum, I can pretend I’m back in Southern Spain, living, as Oprah calls it, my best life. Cheers to that!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna June 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

      No way! Mojitos with dark rum are awesome!

  • Reply Angharad June 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    WANT. I am a gin and tonic girl and anything that involves adding ginger to the mix is a winner in my book. Summer swoon.

  • Reply sarah June 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    This sounds so refreshing. Lately I’ve been mixing a lot of gin drinks so I need to add this to my list. My “go to” drink is for sure a rum and coke. You can just never go wrong with those.

  • Reply bianca June 27, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I love summer cocktails- its the only time of year, where I can throw every available fruit and soak it in booze and call it a party!

    This is added to my roster of party starters!

  • Reply Jen of My Tiny Oven June 27, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    These look so good! I have never had one before, for sure going to try them! My go to summer drink is a mojito! Love them!

  • Reply Jennifer June 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm


    Where did you get your bird glasses? Those are awesome!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna June 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      Aren’t they super cute?! They actually belong to my friend Teri. She says she got them at a flea market.

      • Reply Jennifer June 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm

        They are adorable! Great find! 🙂

  • Reply keith June 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    reminds me… my old neighbor used to mix gin & tonic after work on those hot summery afternoons. very refreshing.

  • Reply Lauren July 2, 2011 at 11:42 am

    So you should try a Pimm’s Cup… It’s made with Pimm’s No. 1, which is a gin-based ginger-flavored liquor…. Add some club soda, mint, cucumber, various fruits, lemon, lime or whatever your taste…. Delicious!

  • Reply Lauren July 22, 2011 at 3:36 am

    My mom had/has those exact same yellow pitchers. They are so 70s-fab. Love!

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  • Reply Jill September 30, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I had a Gin Mule in Newport (RI) last weekend and fell in love. Took a pic of the menu in hopes I could figure it out… Ingredients per bar menu – Bombay Sapphire (my go-to gin) muddled with lime and mint leaves, Ginger Beer.
    While I love a good Mojito, I tend to hesitate due to the simple syrup (all that sugar… straight to the hips I’m afraid) so this drink sounded like a good alternative (G & T is my go to as well but I make it with diet T) My first try in this experiment and I nailed it. This is what I did:

    2 oz Bombay Sapphire (I’ll try 3 oz on my next round.. 🙂 )
    1/2 lime, quartered (fruit makes it easier to “muddle”, you have a solid to press the mint on)
    10 or 12 mint leaves mine are kind of small – growing in the window)
    Muddle this is a heavy glass (I do have a muddler and had to laugh at your description… Hadn’t thought of it… you have a good point…) until the lime quarters were all “drained” of juice and the mint is smashed. Add a handful of ice to a glass, pour the gin mixture over, add more ice to fill the glass. Top with Ginger Beer and stir. Garnish with candied ginger and a lime.

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