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Whiskey and Ginger Beer – For Lovers of Fiery Drinks

A few years ago the sales of world-famous Moscow Mule went through the roof. A lot has happened in the mixology scene since then. Variations, homemade ingredients, bitters, and more.  

One such result stemming from such experiments is the delicious Whiskey Mule – a cocktail made with Whiskey and Ginger Beer.

But what is the main difference to the original? 

Here you can find out the tips & tricks for the perfect whiskey mule!

Tips for Making the Perfect Whiskey Mule

How do you create the perfect whiskey mule? What exactly do you have to pay attention to in order to get the full taste of the drink? Below are our recommendations.

TIP #1: Fresh Ginger Gives the Kick

Nowadays, the classic Moscow Mule recipe is often modified. Nevertheless, a large component is and will be ginger beer, which gives the drink its fresh, sharp taste. The whole drink, whether Moscow Mule or Whiskey Mule becomes even tastier if you additionally use fresh ginger . Make sure that you peel the ginger and put it as slices in the cup.

TIP #2: Fresh Lime Juice for more Freshness

Fresh cucumber slices should not be missing in the Moscow Mule. With the delicious Whiskey Mule, on the other hand, the cucumber is dispensed with and replaced with fresh lime slices. A little tip: with the juice of half a lime, this cocktail tastes even fresher!

TIP #3: The right Mint makes all the Difference

There are countless types of mint. Even if many of them are similar or look the same, the difference lies in the taste and smell. In general, spearmint (Mentha spicata) is  particularly suitable for the whiskey mule. Thanks to its fresh aroma, the drink gains even more freshness. The sprigs of mint should be slapped on the back of the hand before serving to release the essential oils of the mint. Do not muddle this mint as that releases the bitter chlorophyll that spoils the taste of your drink.

TIP #4: The stylish Copper Mug

The eye eats (or drinks) too! And so the proper way of serving Whiskey Ginger Cocktail is in a copper cup. So it can’t hurt to have a few at home. The mug puts the Whiskey Mule in the limelight again, don’t you think?

Recommended Whiskey for Whiskey Mule

There are no rules when it comes to mixing whiskey and ginger. Pretty much any style can work.

Most recipes swear by Irish whiskey and bourbon. We’re going to share a few of our favorite whiskeys for this drink in this post. These recommendations go particularly well with the freshness of the ginger. In our opinion, the spirit should be assertive enough to not get overshadowed by the ginger.

Southern Comfort Black – This spicy and woody Bourbon is bottled with a higher alcohol content, so the whiskey aroma comes out stronger and has a significantly spicier effect in the drink. It tastes like burned oak barrels, as is so typical for famous bourbons. The vanilla also comes through nicely in the black version and delivers the familiar sweetness. In general, the Whiskey Mule plays with the  Southern Comfort Black with many flavors.

Lot 40 Canadian Rye Whiskey – the spiciness of rye pairs beautifully with ginger. And this whiskey is bold enough to stand and deliver a terrific Whiskey Mule.

Wild Turkey 101 – The greater intensity and much more memorable flavor of the rye that comes through in Wild Turkey 101 simply makes for a slightly more complex drink. Highly recommended for bourbon drinkers looking for that extra punch in their Whiskey Mule.

Woodford Reserve Bourbon – Although the price is a bit higher than the other recommendations, the investment is definitely worth it, especially for cocktail lovers. Uncomplicated, yet high quality bourbon that you absolutely can’t go wrong with.

Jack Daniel’s – There is hardly anyone who does not know this Tenessee whiskey. And Jack and Ginger is an absolute classic. This is made in a ratio of 1:3 and served with a slice of lime. But it also works well in a tumbler in a 1:1 ratio.

Jameson’s Irish Whiskey – The Jameson was for many a starter into the world of whiskeys. It is still an integral part of every bar. Not only is it good for a fantastic Irish coffee, but also for various long drinks. Jameson’s itself recommends a ratio of 1:3 for Whiskey Mule with a high-quality ginger beer/ale.

Others that pair well are Johnnie Walker Black Label and Ardbeg 10 year old, if you like some smoky peaty flavor in your drink.

Johnnie Walker Red, Cutty Sark and The Famous Grouse are cheaper blended whiskey alternatives that won’t burn a hole in your pocket and yet keep the Whiskey Mule very palatable.

Recommended Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer is not the same as Ginger Ale. You should therefore always use ginger beer for a Whiskey Mule, even if the availability of the latter is better. The aroma is completely different.

That is, unless you cannot handle the heat from ginger beer. Then feel free to use a ginger ale.

Ginger beer from Bundaberg, Fentimann’s and Fever Tree are nice and fiery.


Whiskey Mule – Cocktail with Whiskey and Ginger Beer

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: drinks
Cuisine: american
Servings: 1 person


  • 1.5 oz Whiskey
  • Lime juice of half a lime adjust to taste
  • 1.5 oz Ginger Beer adjust to taste
  • 2 to 3 slices Fresh ginger
  • 1 sprig Mint
  • Ice cubes


  • Fill the copper cup with plenty of ice cubes. Please do not use crushed ice here!
  • Add the lime juice and the whiskey to the mug.
  • Now you fill the rest of the mug with ginger beer.
  • Garnish with peeled ginger and fresh mint leaves.

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