The Moscow Mule is one of the most popular cocktails in the world. Combining vodka with ginger beer and lime, it’s refreshing, delicious and endlessly customizable, spurring an entire category of other Mules containing everything from whiskey and rum to mezcal. This particular Mule leans on the drink’s ability to accommodate different spirits, and it adds fruity flair to the recipe with peach schnapps.
“I enjoy sweet liqueurs in something that has a little spice, such as a Mule with fresh ginger and soda,” says Jeremy Allen, the general manager of MiniBar in Los Angeles. “Peach schnapps is surprisingly versatile, and you can use almost any liquor as the base,” he says. Any base spirit would work well, but he prefers dark rum, vodka, tequila, mezcal or gin with his Mule.
Allen also doubles up the ginger, combining ginger juice with ginger beer to bring additional spice to the cocktail. You can juice fresh ginger root if you’d like (and if you have a juicer), or you can follow Allen’s lead and purchase a high-quality bottle of ginger juice from the store. Then play with the base spirit to see how this drink changes. Vodka keeps the flavor focused on the ginger, while gin adds its trademark dry botanical profile. Dark rum brings oak and molasses, tequila adds vegetal earth and pepper to the mix, and mezcal adds a hint of smoke. Swap out spirits while keeping the other ingredients the same, and you can easily enjoy a different drink at every turn.
Add your preferred spirit (dark rum, vodka, tequila, mezcal or gin), peach schnapps, lime juice and ginger juice into a Collins glass over ice.
Top with the ginger beer.
Garnish with a lime wedge.
Moscow Mule: The traditional cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer and lime.
Mezcal Mule: Jim Meehan’s recipe features mezcal, passion fruit and cucumbers.
Kentucky Mule: This popular version subs bourbon for vodka.
London Mule: Another easy twist, the London Mule calls for gin instead of vodka.
Gin-Gin Mule: Created at former NYC bar Pegu Club, this modern classic includes gin, homemade ginger beer and mint.