Honey Ginger Mule Cocktail Recipe

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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 Honey Ginger Mule is a refreshing twist on the classic Moscow Mule. It combines the spicy kick of ginger with the sweet, soothing taste of honey. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a balance of sweet and spicy flavors. It's a popular choice for summer parties and gatherings.

How Honey Ginger Mule Tastes?

The Honey Ginger Mule is a harmonious blend of sweet, spicy, and tangy flavors. The honey provides a soothing sweetness, the ginger gives a spicy kick, and the lime adds a refreshing tanginess. The vodka is subtle, making this cocktail light and easy to drink.

Interesting facts about Honey Ginger Mule

  • The Honey Ginger Mule is a modern twist on the classic Moscow Mule, which was invented in the 1940s.
  • Despite its name, the Moscow Mule does not originate from Russia. It was actually created in the United States.
  • The Honey Ginger Mule is typically served in a copper mug, which keeps the drink cool and enhances its flavor.


A few good options for Honey Ginger Mule are:

  • Smirnoff
  • Absolut Citron
  • Grey Goose

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A few good options for Honey Ginger Mule are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Vodka is the spirit backbone in this cocktail, providing a clean, neutral punch. Using 2 oz is just enough to elevate the drink without knocking you off your mule. Too much, and you're on a one-way ticket to Tipsy Town, too little, and the drink falls flat.

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Honey brings a delightful sweetness and smoothness that balances the zing of the ginger. A tablespoon is the sweet spot - any more could be overbearingly sweet, while less may not be noticed amidst the bolder flavors.

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Ginger Beer

Ginger beer gives this cocktail its spicy kick and effervescence. 6 oz keeps it zesty yet sippable. Without it, you'll have a sad, flat mule. If ginger beer is too much for you, try ginger ale for a milder version.

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Lime Juice

1 oz of lime juice provides a tart contrast which really brightens up the drink. It's a subtle nod to your taste buds, 'Hey, something exciting is going on here!' Leave it out, and the cocktail misses out on necessary zing.

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Fresh Ginger

A slice of fresh ginger as garnish is like the cherry on top; it's not just for looks, it infuses a hint of spice and aroma with each sip. No ginger, no edge. It's that simple.

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Recipe. How to make Honey Ginger Mule Drink

  1. Fill a copper mug with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, honey, and lime juice to the mug.
  3. Stir until the honey is fully dissolved.
  4. Top with ginger beer and stir gently to combine.
  5. Garnish with a slice of fresh ginger.

Pro Tips

  • Use good quality vodka for a smoother taste.
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice will give a better flavor than bottled lime juice.
  • Serve the cocktail immediately after preparation to maintain its freshness.

Perfect Pairings


  • Sushi: Its clean and fresh flavors complement the spicy kick of the ginger.
  • Charcuterie Board: Offers varied flavors that can stand up to the zesty character of the mule.
  • Chicken Satay: The honey in the cocktail will resonate with any sweet glazes on the chicken.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Pork: The sweet and spicy aspect of the cocktail pairs well with the charred, smoky flavor of grilled meats.
  • Fish Tacos: The citrus from the lime juice will highlight the flavors of the fish.


  • Lemon Tart: The tartness of both the dessert and the cocktail can enhance one another.
  • Ginger Spice Cake: Echoes the ginger flavors in the cocktail.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Sparkling Water with Citrus: Provides a refreshing palate cleanser between sips.

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What you could change in Honey Ginger Mule

  • If you don't have ginger beer, you can substitute it with a combination of ginger ale and a little extra fresh ginger.
  • If you prefer a less sweet cocktail, you can reduce the amount of honey or omit it altogether.

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Honey Ginger Mule with a Twist of Mint

  • Add a few fresh mint leaves to the mug before adding ice.
  • Proceed with the original recipe.
  • The mint will introduce a refreshing, cool sensation that pairs delightfully with the spicy ginger, providing a garden-fresh lift to the cocktail.

Spicy Honey Ginger Mule

  • Muddle a small slice of jalapeño with the lime juice before adding the other ingredients.
  • This version will have an added kick that spice lovers will enjoy, turning up the heat on our traditional mule.

Honey Ginger Mule Mocktail

  • Substitute vodka with non-alcoholic spirit or more ginger beer.
  • Swap out the honey for a honey substitute if you're looking for a vegan option.
  • This non-alcoholic take maintains the spicy, sweet flavor profile while being inclusive for those avoiding alcohol.

In case you forgot basics how to make Honey Ginger 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 Honey Ginger Mule

What is a good non-alcoholic substitute for vodka in this recipe?

Unflavored soda water or grapefruit juice can be a good non-alcoholic substitute for vodka in this recipe.

Is there a specific type of honey that works best for this cocktail?

Any type of honey will work, but raw honey tends to blend better due to its creamy texture.

Can I use a muddler to extract more flavor from the ginger?

Yes, muddling the ginger before adding it to the cocktail can help to extract more flavor.

What can I pair with this cocktail in terms of food?

The Honey Ginger Mule pairs well with spicy foods, as the sweetness of the honey complements the heat from the food.

Where can I find a copper mug like the one described in the recipe?

Copper mugs are widely available online and in cooking supply stores.

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