Mediterranean Mule Cocktail Recipe

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Mediterranean Mule Nutrition Facts

Calories:approx 250



Carbohydrates:approx 22g

Alcohol:approx 15%

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 16, 2024


The Mediterranean Mule is a delightful twist on the classic Moscow Mule, which traditionally features vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. This variation takes inspiration from the sun-kissed flavors of the Mediterranean, incorporating fig vodka and limoncello for a fruity and refreshing experience. It's particularly favored by those who enjoy a balance of sweet and spicy flavors, with an herbal touch from the thyme garnish.

How Mediterranean Mule Tastes?

The Mediterranean Mule offers a sweet and slightly tangy taste from the limoncello, complemented by the warm, spicy undertones of ginger beer. The fig vodka adds a unique sweetness and fruitiness, while the thyme provides an aromatic herbal note. It's a complex yet harmonious blend that is both refreshing and invigorating.

Interesting facts about Mediterranean Mule

  • The Mediterranean Mule is an excellent choice for a summer cocktail, perfect for sipping on a warm evening.
  • Fig vodka is not as common as other flavored vodkas, making this drink a unique find.
  • The copper mug, traditionally used for Moscow Mules, is said to enhance the flavor and chill of the drink.


  • Fig vodka: 3 oz(90ml)
  • Limoncello: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Ginger beer: 0.5cup
  • Fresh thyme sprig: 1
  • Fresh fig: 0.5
  • Ice cubes: As needed

A few good options for Mediterranean Mule are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose

A few good options for Mediterranean Mule are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Fig Vodka (3oz)

Fig vodka adds a sweet, slightly nutty, and fruity note that bridges the gap between the citrus limoncello and the spicy ginger beer. Using 3oz gives a robust fig flavor without overpowering the drink. If you skimp on it, you'll miss out on the fruitiness; too much, and it's overkill. Alternative: Regular vodka will lose the figgy punch but will still make a decent base. You could also try infusing the vodka with other fruits.

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Limoncello (1oz)

This Italian liqueur brings a lemon zest kick, adding brightness to the cocktail. It's like the Mediterranean sun in a bottle! The 1oz ensures a noticeable lemon flavor without turning the cocktail into lemonade. Alternative: A squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a bit of simple syrup could be used instead, offering a fresher, less intense lemon twist.

Mary Mitkina

Ginger Beer (0.5cup)

Ginger beer rounds off the drink with a spicy yet refreshing fizz. It complements the fruity vodka and tangy limoncello, balancing the sweetness. 0.5cup adds just the right amount of ginger without turning the drink into a fizzy soda. Alternative: If you don't have ginger beer, ginger ale is a milder substitute. The spice level will be less intense, but it will still be delightful.

Emma Rose

Fresh Thyme Sprig (1)

Thyme isn't just about the eye-pleasing garnish. Its subtle earthy and lemony notes echo the cocktail's flavors. Without this herbaceous touch, you'll lose a layer of aromatic complexity. Alternative: Rosemary is another herb that would pair nicely, adding a stronger, woodsy note.

Alex Green

Fresh Fig (0.5)

Half a fresh fig as garnish isn't just for looks; it also lends an opportunity to get a bite of fresh fruit with every sip, intensifying the fig essence in the vodka. If omitted, the cocktail loses an element of fresh fruitiness. Alternative: If figs aren't available, a slice of peach or apricot could add similar sweetness and a touch of color.

Mary Mitkina

Ice Cubes (As needed)

Without ice, your Mediterranean Mule will be a warm muddle rather than a cool, refreshing beverage — ice is essential for temperature and dilution. Don't flood the mug, though, or you'll dilute your masterpiece too quickly!

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Mediterranean Mule Drink

  1. Fill a tall glass or copper mug with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 3 oz of fig vodka over the ice.
  3. Add 1 oz of limoncello to the glass.
  4. Top the mixture with half a cup of ginger beer.
  5. Gently stir to combine the ingredients.
  6. Garnish with a fresh thyme sprig and/or a half slice of fresh fig.
  7. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Chill the copper mug before preparing the drink to keep it colder for longer.
  • Slap the thyme sprig between your hands before garnishing to release its aromatic oils.
  • Use high-quality, craft ginger beer for a more robust and authentic flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The fig and lemon flavors will complement the smoky and briny sea flavors wonderfully.
  • Cheese Platters: Especially those with feta or goat cheese, to echo the Mediterranean vibe.
  • Salads with Citrus Dressings: The crisp and refreshing notes of the cocktail will pair well with similarly light and zesty salads.
  • Chicken or Lamb Kebabs: The ginger beer's spice will enhance the savory spices used in marinades.
  • Dark Chocolate: For a dessert pairing, the richness of chocolate contrasts nicely with the brightness of the cocktail.

Drinks Pairings

  • Mineral Water: To keep the palate clean between sips without overwhelming the cocktail's flavors.
  • White Wines: Select something that is light and not too oaky, like a Sauvignon Blanc, to maintain a complementary flavor profile.

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What you could change in Mediterranean Mule

  • If fig vodka is unavailable, you can infuse plain vodka with dried figs for a similar flavor profile.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, use a fig syrup in place of fig vodka and a ginger ale instead of ginger beer.
  • If limoncello is too sweet, consider using fresh lemon juice and a touch of simple syrup to taste.

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And of course - twists🍹

Cucumber Mediterranean Mule

Add a thin slice of cucumber to your glass before adding the ice, then proceed as above. The cucumber will add a refreshing, garden-fresh twist to the mule. It's like a quick trip to a Mediterranean garden in every sip!

Spicy Mediterranean Mule

Muddle a slice of jalapeño in the bottom of the glass before adding the fig vodka. Proceed with the recipe as above. Be ready for a bit of a kick — this twist is not for the faint of heart!

Berry Mediterranean Mule

Substitute fig vodka with raspberry vodka and add a few fresh raspberries as garnish along with the thyme sprig. A berry-licious twist on the original, giving it a more tart and vibrant berry flavor.

In case you forgot basics how to make Mediterranean 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 Mediterranean Mule

What type of glass is best for serving the Mediterranean Mule?

While the recipe suggests a tall glass or copper mug, you can also serve it in a highball glass or a mason jar for a rustic aesthetic.

How can I make the Mediterranean Mule if I don't have fresh figs for garnish?

You can substitute the fresh fig garnish with a dried fig or even a slice of orange to add a Mediterranean flair.

Is there a recommended ginger beer brand to use in the Mediterranean Mule?

The choice of ginger beer can be subjective but look for brands that are less sweet and more spicy to complement the drink's flavor.

Can the Mediterranean Mule be batch-prepared for a party?

Yes, you can mix the fig vodka, limoncello, and ginger beer in larger quantities. However, add the ice and garnishes just before serving to maintain freshness.

What are some common mistakes to avoid when making a Mediterranean Mule?

Avoid over-stirring after adding ginger beer to preserve carbonation and not bruising the thyme to retain its aromatic qualities.

Is there a non-alcoholic substitute for ginger beer?

You can use ginger ale as a non-alcoholic substitute, though it will be sweeter and less spicy than traditional ginger beer.

What is the best way to infuse vodka with figs if I want to make my own fig vodka?

Combine dried or fresh figs with plain vodka in a sealed jar and let it infuse for about 1-2 weeks, shaking it occasionally. Strain before using.

Can I use Mediterranean Mule as a base for other cocktails?

Certainly! You might experiment with different garnishes, swap out the fig vodka for another infused vodka, or play with the ratios to create your own signature drink.

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