The mule is a study in contradictions.
It’s spicy, tart, and strong, yet also
somehow refreshing. It’s got a
foreign-sounding name, but it was invented
in the United States. And though it’s
mostly thought of as a vodka cocktail,
it’s really more of a template than a
hard-and-fast recipe. This is
choose-your-adventure drinking, people,
and it is a blast.
Mix this ginger-lime syrup with vodka and
club soda for a classic Moscow mule. Ditch
the vodka and sub in bourbon for a
Kentucky mule. Mix it with gin for a
London mule, or tequila for a Mexican
mule. Leave out the club soda and serve in
a chilled coupe for a stronger sip. The
possibilities are many and fantastic. No
matter how you mix it, this syrup makes a
delightfully crisp cocktail that’s
flavorful, quenching, spicy, and fun.