Who doesn't enjoy a good old Moscow Mule? The iconic cocktail served in frosted copper mugs is a classic summer cocktail. The simple template of base spirit, lime juice, and ginger beer inspires to experiment.
There are many variations of the original recipe. Some add to or enhance the classic taste. Another way to rethink Mule cocktails is to use a different base and, by that, create an entirely new flavor profile. And the Aussie Mule is one of the latter.
This twist usually is made with Aussie Rum, Bundaberg ginger beer, fresh limes, and fresh ginger. It's a richer and mellower cocktail than the original, with a spicy kick of ginger.
Why is it called an Aussie Mule?
Mostly, twists on the Moscow Mule get named after the home country or city of the base spirit. The Irish Mule, Glasgow Mule, Berlin Mule, and Westphalian Mule are just a few examples. And the Aussie Mule is no different.
This Aussie Mule recipe is made with Australian Rum and Australian ginger beer. However, there are other takes on this cocktail asking for Australian Gin and even Whiskey as a base spirit.
Nevertheless, I prefer the Rum version. Plus, Bundaberg is not only the town of world-famous mixers like ginger beer but also home to a delicious Aussie Rum. So, it makes a lot of sense to bring these two together.
Garnish an Aussie Mule
Mule cocktails often are garnished with mint, lime wedges, and cucumber slices. You can never go wrong with any of these three. But when mixing up an Aussie Mule, candied ginger is the perfect cocktail garnish.
Also, for that extra spicy kick of ginger, you can add some fresh ginger pieces to the cocktail. Thus, picking up this ginger theme in the garnish prepares your guests for a healthy dose of spiciness.
How to make an Aussie Mule
The Aussie Mule cocktail is super easy to make. Just add Rum, lime juice, and two to three fresh pieces of ginger into a mule mug with ice.
Make sure to stir the mix well to chill the cocktail. Then top up the drink with chilled ginger beer.
For the candied ginger garnish, I recommend using a cocktail pick. Take a piece of ginger and a small lime wedge and skewer them onto a cocktail pick.
Fill up the mug with more ice, and then put the cocktail pick in your Mule mug.
My favorite Rum for the Aussie Mule is Bundaberg's Overproof Rum. "Bundy", as the brand often is referred to, also produces an underproof Rum, but that one lacks a bit of flavor when used in this Mule variation.
Other great options are Cane Island Rum, a single estate pot-still Rum with a complex and fruity flavor, and Holey Dollar Rum - cask strength.
The second is another overproof Rum bottled at 75,9% ABV. A super boozy spirit with notes of sweet raisins, chocolate, and dark chocolate.
- 1.5 oz Australian Rum
- 0.75 oz Lime Juice
- 2-3 pcs Fresh ginger
- 4 oz Bundaberg Ginger Beer
- Lime wedges for garnish
- Candied ginger
- Pour the Rum, lime juice, and fresh ginger into a Mule mug with ice and stir well.
- Top up with chilled ginger beer, add ice, and a cocktail pick with a lime wedge and candied ginger as garnish.