Alpine Mule Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Alpine Mule is a refreshing twist on the classic Moscow Mule, which traditionally features vodka, ginger beer, and lime. This variant, however, brings a botanical complexity with the addition of Old Tom Gin and Génépy, an alpine herbal liqueur reminiscent of the mountains of the Alps. It's a hit among those who appreciate a cocktail with a herbal kick and a nod to classic mixology.

  • Origins: Inspired by the Moscow Mule
  • Popularity: Favored by gin enthusiasts
  • Occasions: Best enjoyed on a crisp evening or as an apéritif

How Alpine Mule Tastes?

The Alpine Mule offers a harmonious blend of spicy and sweet, with a botanical undercurrent. The Old Tom Gin provides a slightly sweeter base than typical gins, while the Génépy contributes a complex herbal profile. The lime juice adds a necessary tartness, and the ginger beer brings a peppery fizz that makes the drink both invigorating and comforting.

Interesting facts about Alpine Mule

  • Herbal Liqueur: Génépy has been made in the Alpine regions of Europe for centuries.
  • Old Tom Gin: This gin style is sweeter and less botanical than London Dry Gin, making it a unique choice for cocktails.
  • Versatility: The Alpine Mule can be easily adapted for different seasons by adjusting the ginger beer to lime juice ratio.


A few good options for Alpine Mule are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

Learn everything on which Gin to choose

Old Tom Gin

Old Tom Gin is a sweeter and more botanically-intensive cousin of regular gin. Its 1.5 oz measurement is the backbone of our Alpine Mule—sip too little, and you miss the party; sip too much, and the party might miss you. Leaving it out would be like forgetting your hiking boots on a mountain trek—pointless. As an alternative, London Dry Gin could step in, but expect a sharper, less sweet bite.

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Génépy, with its 0.5 oz dash, is the secret path less traveled. This herbal liqueur whispers alpine secrets to your taste buds. Skip it, and your cocktail loses its mystical charm, like an Alpine without its snow. Swap it for Chartreuse for a more complex, herbaceous pivot.

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Lime Juice

The 0.75 oz of lime juice offers a zesty punctuation. It balances the sweetness and adds a crisp finish. Lime juice acts like a trusty compass—it guides you through the botanical forest with a refreshing zest. Leave it out, and you’ll wander off the flavor path. Lemon juice could stand in, bringing a brighter, tangier twist.

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Ginger Beer

Finally, the 2 oz ginger beer is the effervescent river that runs through our alpine vista. It carries the other flavors smoothly along, with a spicy kick that can surprise and delight. Remove it, and our mule is left without its kick—far too tame for an adventure. Sub in a ginger ale for a gentler fizz and a milder ginger taste.

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Recipe. How to make Alpine Mule Drink

  1. Fill a copper mug or highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the Old Tom Gin and Génépy.
  3. Add the fresh lime juice.
  4. Top with ginger beer and stir gently to combine.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel or a sprig of fresh mint.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the Glass: Pre-chill your copper mug or glass to keep the drink colder for longer.
  • Quality Ginger Beer: Use a high-quality ginger beer with a strong ginger flavor for the best taste experience.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Always use fresh lime juice rather than bottled for a fresher, brighter flavor.

Perfect Pairings


  • Charcuterie Board: The botanicals in the Old Tom Gin and the herbal qualities of Génépy blend well with cured meats and aged cheeses.
  • Sushi Rolls: The fresh lime juice and the ginger beer's zesty nature complement the delicate flavors of sushi.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Seafood: The citrusy elements of the cocktail are a perfect match for the natural sweetness of seafood.
  • Spicy Asian Dishes: The spiciness of ginger beer can cool down the palate when enjoying spicy food like Thai or Szechuan cuisine.


  • Lemon Tart: The tartness of both the cocktail and dessert will echo each other, enhancing the overall experience.

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What you could change in Alpine Mule

  • Old Tom Gin: Can be substituted with London Dry Gin for a less sweet and more juniper-forward profile.
  • Génépy: If unavailable, substitute with Chartreuse for a similar herbal complexity.

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Mountain Meadow Mule

  • Ingredients: 1.5 oz Botanical Gin, 0.5 oz Elderflower liqueur, 0.75 oz Lemon juice, Sparkling water, Sprig of thyme
  • Recipe: Follow the original steps, but substitute Génépy with Elderflower liqueur and ginger beer with sparkling water. Add a sprig of thyme as garnish.
  • Description: This variant blossoms with a floral scent, intertwining lemon's brighter tartness and an aromatic hint of thyme. It's a mule that's wandered into a garden party and remembered to bring flowers.

Alpine Sunrise Mule

  • Ingredients: 1.5 oz Old Tom Gin, 0.5 oz Aperol, 0.75 oz Grapefruit juice, Ginger Beer
  • Recipe: Instead of Génépy, pour Aperol and replace lime juice with grapefruit juice. Proceed as originally instructed.
  • Description: The Alpine Sunrise brings a blushing glow to the mule, meshing the bittersweet Aperol with ruby grapefruit. It's like watching dawn break over the mountains with a zing in your hand.

Forest Fizz Mule

  • Ingredients: 1 oz Old Tom Gin, 1 oz Sloe Gin, 0.5 oz Blackberry liqueur, 1 oz Lime juice, Ginger Beer
  • Recipe: Mix the Old Tom Gin with Sloe Gin and blackberry liqueur, tweaking the lime juice for an extra tang. Continue with the steps. Garnish with fresh blackberries.
  • Description: Deeper in the woodland flavor spectrum, this twist brings a fruitful bounty to your glass. Berries and gin in a mellow dance, while ginger beer keeps the beat lively.

In case you forgot basics how to make Alpine Mule

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Alpine Mule

What are the key factors to consider when selecting a ginger beer for my Alpine Mule?

Consider the level of spiciness, the sweetness, carbonation, and whether you prefer a more artisanal or commercial brand. Some ginger beers are crafted with more of an emphasis on the ginger spice, which can complement the Alpine Mule quite well.

How does glassware affect the drinking experience of the Alpine Mule?

The traditional copper mug not only keeps the drink cold but also enhances the flavor profile by adding a slight metallic note that complements the botanicals in the cocktail.

Is the Alpine Mule suitable for those who are new to gin-based cocktails?

Yes, it's a great introduction to gin cocktails due to the Old Tom Gin's sweeter profile, which is more approachable for those less accustomed to the strong juniper flavor of traditional gins.

Can I prepare a large batch of Alpine Mule for a party?

Certainly! Just multiply the ingredient measurements by the number of servings you need, but remember to add the ginger beer and ice right before serving to maintain carbonation and chill.

How can I garnish the Alpine Mule if I don't have lime or mint?

You can use other citrus peels, such as lemon or orange, for a different aromatic experience or a sprig of rosemary for an herbal touch.

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