Blue Mule Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:10%

Created by

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 7, 2024


The Blue Mule is a vibrant twist on the classic Moscow Mule. It was created to bring a pop of color and a tropical flair to the traditional cocktail scene. Perfect for those who appreciate a visually stunning drink without sacrificing the refreshing kick of a classic mule.

  • Origins: Inspired by the Moscow Mule, which was invented in the 1940s.
  • Popularity: It quickly became a favorite at beachfront bars and summer parties.
  • Enjoyed by: Those who love a balance of sweet and tangy flavors with an eye-catching presentation.

How Blue Mule Tastes?

The Blue Mule offers a refreshing, slightly spicy and citrusy flavor profile with a subtle sweetness. The ginger beer provides a zesty kick, while the blue curaçao adds a unique orangey twist and a hint of tropical fruitiness.

Interesting facts about Blue Mule

  • The Blue Mule's striking color comes from the blue curaçao, a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit.
  • Traditionally served in a copper mug, which not only keeps the drink cold but also enhances its flavor and experience.
  • The cocktail's name is a playful nod to its ancestor, the Moscow Mule, and its distinctive blue hue.


A few good options for Blue Mule are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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A few good options for Blue Mule are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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  • Why 1.5oz? Just the right kick! It's enough to feel the warmth without stealing the show. Think of it as the bass guitar in a band – not always the star, but without it, the whole song falls flat.
  • Without it? You'd have a mocktail, refreshing but lacking that party vibe.
  • Alternatives: Try using gin for an herbal touch, or go wild with tequila if you don't mind stealing vodka's spotlight.

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Ginger Beer

  • Why 4oz? It's the volume knob that turns up the spiciness and fizz, providing the backbone for this thirst-quenching marvel.
  • Without it? It'd be like a dance floor without the funky beats. Stop those feet from tapping it just wouldn't be a mule.
  • Alternatives: Swap it for ginger ale if your taste buds prefer a gentler dance, but expect less kick and pizzazz.

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Blue Curaçao

  • Why 0.5oz? That's your blue sky in a copper cup - the eye-catcher. Plus, it adds a hint of tropical orange flavor.
  • Without it? It'd be like a pool without water – no fun! You'd miss the color and the subtle orange zest.
  • Alternatives: Feel artsy? Use triple sec with a drop of blue food coloring if you want to keep the orange flavor but run out of actual Blue Curaçao.

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Lime Juice

  • Why 0.5oz? It's the zing! The acid cuts through the sweetness and spice, like a good friend who tells you the truth.
  • Without it? You'd lose the balance. It'd be like a song with just drums – sure it's music, but where's the harmony?
  • Alternatives: Got no limes? Lemon juice could step in. It's a different high note, but still keeps the song in tune.

Alex Green

Ice Cubes

  • Why to fill? Ice is the great chiller, the keeper of cool, turning your drink from tepid to Titanic – in a good way, no sinking ships here!
  • Without it? You'd be sipping on a lukewarm heartbreaker - refreshing? I think not.

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Mint Sprig

  • Why 1? It's the fragrant hello when you bring the drink to your nose - the greeting committee of the herbal world.
  • Without it? Let's just say your cocktail would enter the party without a cheer – a bit of a wallflower.

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Lime Wheel

  • Why 1? It's decorative and it's a sneak peek of the flavor inside – the cover of the book that makes you want to read more.
  • Without it? It'd be like going to a party in your best outfit and forgetting your shoes – still good, but something's amiss.

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Recipe. How to make Blue Mule Drink

  1. Fill a copper mug with ice cubes.
  2. Pour vodka and lime juice over the ice.
  3. Add blue curaçao and top with ginger beer.
  4. Stir gently to mix.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel and a sprig of mint.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the copper mug before serving to keep the cocktail colder for longer.
  • Adjust the amount of blue curaçao to control the sweetness and color intensity of the drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Spicy Tuna Rolls: The zesty lime and ginger beer cut through the richness of the tuna and spice.
  • Nachos with Cheese: A fun, casual pairing; the effervescence and ginger clean the palate between cheesy bites.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken: The citrus in the cocktail complements the smoky flavors.
  • Fish Tacos: The refreshing qualities of the 'Blue Mule' enhance the taste of the fish and tortilla.


  • Lemon Sorbet: Light desserts like sorbet pairs nicely, echoing the citrus notes in the cocktail.

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What you could change in Blue Mule

  • Vodka: You can use any high-quality vodka, but for a smoother taste, I recommend using a premium brand like Grey Goose or Ketel One.
  • Ginger Beer: If you prefer a less spicy ginger beer, Fever-Tree offers a milder version that pairs well with the other ingredients.
  • Blue Curaçao: In a pinch, you can substitute with any blue-colored liqueur, but the taste may vary slightly.

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And of course - twists🍹

Green Mule

  • Ingredients: Change Blue Curaçao to Midori for a green hue and melon flavor.
  • Recipe: Follow the original but swap the Blue Curaçao with Midori.
  • Flavor Change: Expect a sweeter and fruitier profile that takes you to a melon patch rather than an orange grove.

Fire Mule

  • Ingredients: Add a 1/4 oz of jalapeño syrup and garnish with a jalapeño slice.
  • Recipe: Introduce jalapeño syrup before the ginger beer, then give it a gentle stir to ignite the drink.
  • Flavor Change: Adds a spicy kick that makes the cocktail a fiery delight, pairing heat with the cool ginger and citrus.

Golden Mule

  • Ingredients: Replace vodka with bourbon and blue curaçao with peach schnapps.
  • Recipe: Mix bourbon and lime juice, add peach schnapps, then ginger beer.
  • Flavor Change: You'll find a rich, warming drink with a summer breeze of peach. Imagine sipping it on a porch swing as the sun sets.

In case you forgot basics how to make Blue 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 Blue Mule

Can I make a Blue Mule in a glass other than a copper mug?

While the traditional presentation is in a copper mug for its temperature retention and flavor enhancement, you can serve a Blue Mule in any glass you prefer.

What makes a mule cocktail a 'mule'?

Mule cocktails are typically characterized by their use of ginger beer and a citrus component. The name 'mule' is thought to come from the kick of the ginger beer.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Blue Mule?

Yes, you can create a 'mocktail' version by omitting the vodka and blue curaçao, and replacing them with blueberry juice or a similar non-alcoholic blue syrup to maintain the color.

How do I choose a good ginger beer for my Blue Mule?

Look for a ginger beer that is less sweet and more spicy if you want a stronger ginger flavor. Quality craft ginger beers usually offer a better flavor profile for cocktails.

What is the best occasion to serve a Blue Mule?

The Blue Mule is perfect for summer parties, beach gatherings, or any festive occasion where a visually striking and refreshing cocktail would be appreciated.

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