Parisian Mule Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20%

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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 7, 2024


The Parisian Mule is a twist on the classic Moscow Mule, which was invented in the 1940s in the United States. The Parisian Mule replaces vodka with French cognac, giving it a richer, smoother taste. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy the refreshing taste of a Moscow Mule but want to try something a bit more sophisticated.

How Parisian Mule Tastes?

The Parisian Mule has a rich, smooth, and slightly sweet taste. The cognac adds a depth of flavor that is both warming and comforting. The ginger beer gives it a refreshing kick, while the lime juice adds a touch of tartness.

Interesting facts about Parisian Mule

  • The Parisian Mule is a variation of the Moscow Mule, which was invented in the 1940s.
  • The cocktail gets its name from the French cognac used in place of vodka.
  • Despite its name, the Parisian Mule is not traditionally served in a copper mug like the Moscow Mule.


A few good options for Parisian Mule are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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  • Why 2 oz?: The perfect balance. Not too boozy but enough to give warmth and richness to your Parisian Mule.
  • No Cognac?: You'd lose the soul of France in your drink! Alternatively, try Armagnac for a slightly different nutty note.

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Ginger Beer

  • Why 4 oz?: It offers the ideal fizz and spice without overpowering the cognac. Cutting it down? You'll miss the kick. Too much? It'll drown out the cognac's subtleties.
  • Alternatives: You could use ginger ale for a milder ginger note, but you'll lose the robustness.

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Lime Juice

  • Why 1 oz?: It's the citrus balance act – too little, and the drink falls flat; too much, and it's a sour face-off.
  • No Lime Juice?: Then, you're losing the zesty charm that brings this cocktail together. A splash of lemon juice could work in a pinch but expect a sharper, slightly different flavor.

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Ice Cubes

  • Why 'As needed'?: The ice chills the drink to perfection and controls dilution, which allows the flavors to meld without becoming too watered down.
  • Without Ice: You'd have a warm, strong punch to your cocktail – not the refreshing, cool sipper it's meant to be.

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Lime Wheel

  • Why for Garnish?: It's all about the look and subtle aroma. The garnish is like a hat on a gentleman – it's not just function; it's style!
  • Without it: Besides missing the 'ooh la la', you'd sip without that fresh hint of lime with each drink.

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Recipe. How to make Parisian Mule Drink

  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 2 oz of cognac over the ice.
  3. Squeeze in the juice of one lime.
  4. Top with 4 oz of ginger beer.
  5. Stir gently to combine.
  6. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality cognac for the best flavor.
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice will make a big difference in taste.
  • Don't stir too much, as it will dilute the cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Plate: A selection of soft cheeses like brie or camembert pairs wonderfully by complementing the smooth, rich flavors of the cognac.
  • Smoked Salmon: The light smokiness of salmon will complement the zingy ginger beer and the acidity of the lime juice.

Main Courses

  • Pork Tenderloin: The sweet and savory profile of a glazed pork tenderloin pairs well with the richness of the cognac and the spiciness of the ginger beer.
  • Roasted Duck: The gamey flavor of duck alongside a fruit glaze can be balanced by the cocktail's robust and citrus notes.


  • Lemon Tart: The citrus in the cocktail and the tart will echo each other, providing a refreshing end to a meal.
  • Ginger Spice Cake: To complement the ginger notes in the beer, a spicy dessert would provide a delightful pairing.

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What you could change in Parisian Mule

  • Cognac can be substituted with brandy.
  • Ginger beer can be substituted with ginger ale, but the cocktail will be sweeter and less spicy.

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Honeyed Mule

  • Add 1 teaspoon of honey along with the lime juice to add a silky sweetness that will contrast the ginger's kick.
  • Taste Change: Expect a mellower, sweeter cocktail experience.

Spicy Mule

  • Muddle a few slices of fresh jalapeño in the bottom of the glass before adding the ice for a spicy twist.
  • Taste Change: Brings a fiery zing to your Parisian Mule.

Herbal Mule

  • Drop in a sprig of fresh thyme or rosemary with the lime juice to introduce an aromatic, herbaceous aspect.
  • Taste Change: It adds a delightful fragrance and a subtle earthy flavor to the mix.

In case you forgot basics how to make Parisian 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 Parisian Mule

What is the origin of Cognac?

Cognac is a type of brandy that originates from the Cognac region of France. It's distilled from white wine and aged in wooden casks.

What is the alcohol content in Ginger Beer?

Ginger beer is generally non-alcoholic. It's a sweet, spicy beverage that's often used as a mixer in cocktails.

What is the difference between a cocktail and a mocktail?

Cocktails contain alcohol, while mocktails are non-alcoholic versions of cocktails, they provide the same flavorful experience without the alcohol.

Is the Parisian Mule a good cocktail for beginners to try making?

Yes, the Parisian Mule is reasonably simple to make and doesn't require any complex techniques or obscure ingredients, thus making it a good cocktail for beginners.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of Parisian Mule?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version by replacing the Cognac with a non-alcoholic substitute like grape juice or apple cider, and continuing with the rest of the recipe as is.

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