Montenegro 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 Montenegro Mule is a delightful twist on the classic Moscow Mule, which traditionally features vodka, ginger beer, and lime. This variation substitutes vodka with Amaro Montenegro, an Italian herbal liqueur that adds a complex bittersweet flavor profile to the drink. It's a favorite among those who appreciate a more herbaceous and nuanced cocktail experience.

  • Originates from the popularity of the Moscow Mule.
  • Amaro Montenegro brings Italian flair to this international favorite.
  • Perfect for those who enjoy a sophisticated and slightly bitter taste.

How Montenegro Mule Tastes?

The Montenegro Mule offers a harmonious blend of spicy and sweet with a pronounced citrus tang. The ginger beer provides a peppery fizz, while the Amaro Montenegro delivers a complex bittersweet symphony, complemented by the freshness of the lime juice.

Interesting facts about Montenegro Mule

  • Amaro Montenegro was created in 1885 and is named after Princess Elena of Montenegro.
  • The Moscow Mule, which inspired this drink, was popularized in the 1940s in the United States.
  • Serving in a copper mug is not just traditional; it also enhances the cold temperature of the drink.


A few good options for Montenegro Mule are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Amaro Montenegro

An Italian herbal liqueur with a bittersweet flavor, Amaro Montenegro is the star of our show! At 2oz, it's just enough to assert its complex character without overpowering the drink. Too much and you risk bitterness taking center stage; too little and you might as well call it a ginger limeade.

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Ginger Beer

This spicy, fizzy component at 3oz gives our mule its kick! The ginger spice harmonizes with the herbal notes of the Amaro. Skimp on this, and you'll lose the mule's trademark zing. A quality ginger ale could substitute in a pinch, offering a milder flavor.

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Lime Juice

The zesty 1oz punch of lime juice cuts through the sweetness and spices, providing a vital acidic balance. Leave it out, and the drink may become cloyingly sweet. In dire straits, lemon juice can play understudy, but lime is the true lead here.

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Ice Cubes

Ice keeps the drink refreshingly cool and dilutes it ever so slightly as it melts, ensuring our mule doesn't throw too heavy a punch. No ice? Prepare for a concentrated flavor that may overwhelm.

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Lime Slice

The garnish isn't just window dressing; it adds an aromatic precursor to every sip. And who doesn't love a little green to garnish their day? Skip it, and you forfeit an inviting presentation and a hint of extra citrus zest.

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Recipe. How to make Montenegro Mule Drink


  1. Fill a copper mug with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 2 oz of Amaro Montenegro over the ice.
  3. Add 1 oz of fresh lime juice.
  4. Top with 3 oz of ginger beer.
  5. Gently stir to combine.

Glass and Garnish

  • Serve in the copper mug.
  • Garnish with a slice of lime on the rim of the mug.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the copper mug before serving to keep the drink extra cold.
  • Adjust the ginger beer to your taste; some prefer a stronger ginger flavor, while others like it milder.

Perfect Pairings


  • Bruschetta: With its herbaceous and garlicky notes, the crispiness of bruschetta balances the bitterness of Amaro Montenegro nicely.
  • Charcuterie Board: An assortment of meats, cheeses, and nuts complements the complex herbal profile of the cocktail.
  • Spicy Asian Snacks: The spiciness of Asian snacks like wasabi peas will play well with the ginger beer's heat.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Pork: The caramelization on grilled pork echoes the sweetness in the cocktail.
  • Vegetarian Stir Fry: The fresh veggies in a stir fry will contrast and enhance the depth of the Amaro.


  • Lemon Tart: The citrus notes in the tart mirror the lime juice in the drink.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Sparkling Water with Citrus: Helps cleanse the palate between bites and sips.
  • Iced Tea: A nice tannic balance to the sweetness of the mule.

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What you could change in Montenegro Mule

  • If Amaro Montenegro is unavailable, substitute with another herbal liqueur such as Averna or Ramazzotti.
  • Ginger ale can be used instead of ginger beer for a less spicy and sweeter profile.

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Montenegro Mule with a Herbal Twist

  • Add a sprig of rosemary to the mug before adding the ingredients. The aromatic oils will infuse the drink with a woodsy, piney essence, creating a forest fresh vibe.

The Spiced Montenegro Mule

  • With the addition of a cinnamon stick and a dash of cayenne pepper, warmth permeates the palate, elevating the ginger's tickle and complementing Montenegro's bitter charm.

Berry-enegro Mule

  • Muddle a handful of fresh berries (raspberries or blackberries) at the bottom of the mug before adding the other ingredients. The berries' tart-sweetness adds a fruity dimension that contrasts delightfully with the Amaro's complexity.

In case you forgot basics how to make Montenegro 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 Montenegro Mule

What is the proper way to store Amaro Montenegro?

Amaro Montenegro should be stored in a cool, dark place to preserve its flavors. Room temperature is generally fine, but avoid direct sunlight and drastic temperature changes.

Can the Montenegro Mule be made in a pitcher for a group?

Yes, you can multiply the ingredient quantities by the number of servings and mix in a pitcher. Serve over ice in copper mugs and garnish with lime slices.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

For a non-alcoholic version, omit the Amaro Montenegro and use a non-alcoholic bitter herbal substitute or more ginger beer and lime juice to taste.

Why is a copper mug used for serving the Montenegro Mule?

Copper mugs enhance the taste and the experience of drinking a mule cocktail. They also keep the drink colder longer due to copper's thermal conductivity.

What makes ginger beer different from ginger ale?

Ginger beer is brewed and fermented, usually has a stronger ginger flavor, and is less sweet than ginger ale, which is a carbonated soft drink flavored with ginger.

How significant is the glassware to the Montenegro Mule experience?

The glassware, such as the traditional copper mug, is key to the aesthetic and thermal aspects of the drinking experience, enhancing both the presentation and temperature of the cocktail.

What food pairings work well with the herbal notes of Amaro Montenegro?

Rich, savory dishes like roasted meats or creamy pasta can complement the herbal and bittersweet notes of Amaro Montenegro in the cocktail.

Is lime the only citrus that works in a Montenegro Mule?

While lime is traditional, other citrus fruits like lemon, orange, or grapefruit can be used to create different flavor profiles.

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