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Our El Burro Cocktail Recipe Puts a Tasty Spin the Classic Mule

copper mug with ginger proof syrup

One weekend during the mule craze of a few years ago, we downed a couple of Moscow and Kentucky mules apiece and wondered what else might go great with ginger and lime. Our first thought: tequila. 

We joked that we should call our Mexican-spirited mule “el Burro,” but a quick Googling proved that someone (or several someones) had long since beaten us to it. The El Burro, it turns out, is A Thing, has long been A Thing, and it is delightful.

Here’s the El Burro recipe we tried first, plus a couple of our own fun variations. Cheers!

NOTE: While any tequila will work for any of these recipes, we most enjoyed a reposado — a “rested” or briefly aged tequila — for its slightly mellower flavor. It’s hard to go wrong with a mule, though; the beauty of the ginger-lime combo is that it’s spicy and tart enough to stand up to pretty much any spirit.

El Burro Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • ½ oz Ginger Proof Syrup
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • Club Soda
  • Lime Wheel or Wedge to Garnish

Steps

  1. Shake tequila, Proof Syrup, and lime juice with ice.
  2. Strain into an ice-filled copper mug.
  3. Top with club soda and garnish with lime

PDT-Inspired El Burro Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz Reposado Tequila
  • ½ oz Ginger Proof Syrup
  • ¾ oz Lime Juice
  • ¾ oz Pineapple Juice
  • Club Soda
  • Lime Wheel or Wedge to Garnish

Steps

  1. Shake tequila, Proof Syrup, lime juice, and pineapple juice with ice.
  2. Strain into an ice-filled copper mug.
  3. Top with club soda and garnish with lime. 

Smoky El Burro Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz Mezcal
  • ½ oz Ginger Proof Syrup
  • ¾ oz Tequila
  • ¾ oz fresh lime juice
  • Club Soda
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Lime Wheel or Wedge to Garnish

Steps

  1. Shake mezcal, tequila, Proof Syrup, and lime juice with ice.
  2. Strain into an ice-filled copper mug.
  3. Top with club soda and garnish with one dash of bitters and lime

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