Rum Mule Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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 Rum Mule is a tropical twist on the classic Moscow Mule. The cocktail was born out of the need to make rum more palatable for the American market in the mid-20th century. It's a favorite among those who enjoy a refreshing, citrusy drink with a kick of rum.

How Rum Mule Tastes?

The Rum Mule is a refreshing, citrusy cocktail with a strong, spicy kick from the ginger beer. The rum adds a sweet, smooth undertone that balances the tanginess of the lime.

Interesting facts about Rum Mule

  • The Rum Mule is also known as the 'Jamaican Mule' due to its use of Jamaican rum.
  • It's a popular summer drink due to its refreshing and citrusy flavor.
  • The copper mug traditionally used to serve the Rum Mule is said to enhance the flavors of the cocktail.


A few good options for Rum Mule are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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The soul of the cocktail. 2 oz is the sweet spot providing enough spirit presence without overpowering. Too little and the drink is flat, too much and it's a pirate's grog. If you swap for whisky, you've got a mule with a bucking kick.

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Lime Juice

The zesty whisper in the symphony. 1 oz gives a tangy edge that plays well with the sweet rum. Skip it, and you'll miss the harmony. Lemon juice could pinch-hit, offering a sharper, sunnier twist.

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Ginger Beer

The fizzy firework, 4 oz makes it a lively dance, not a mosh pit. No ginger beer? The mule turns into a sad donkey. Swap with ginger ale for less spice and more sweetness.

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Ice Cubes

The chill factor. They keep the drink cold and dilute it just right as they melt. Without ice, you're sipping on tepid disappointment.

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Lime Slice

The eye candy, but it's not just a pretty face. The garnish adds aroma and a hint of fresh zest on the rim. No lime? A lemon wedge can stand in, but it's like salsa without the sizzle.

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Mint Leaves

The aromatic high-five. They give a nose-pleasing pop when slapped and strewn atop. Forget them, and you'll miss out on the cocktail's refreshing headspace. Basil could substitute, bringing a more herbal note.

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Recipe. How to make Rum Mule Drink

  1. Fill a copper mug or highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour the rum and lime juice over the ice.
  3. Top with ginger beer and stir gently to combine.
  4. Garnish with a lime slice and mint leaves.

Pro Tips

  • Use a good quality ginger beer for the best flavor.
  • Squeeze the lime juice fresh for a more vibrant taste.
  • Serve in a copper mug to keep the drink cold for longer.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Seafood: The zesty lime and spicy ginger notes of a Rum Mule go exceptionally well with seafood, particularly shellfish like shrimp and crab.
  • Grilled Meats: The smokey flavors from grilled chicken or pork complement the rum's richness and are balanced by the cocktail's refreshing properties.
  • Spicy Dishes: The sweetness of the rum and the effervescence of the ginger beer can soothe the heat from spicy cuisines like Thai or Caribbean.

Drink Pairings

  • Chilled Water: Keeps you hydrated between sips of your cocktail.
  • Light Beers: They can act as a refreshing palate cleanser without overpowering the complex flavors of the Rum Mule.
  • Non-Alcoholic Ginger Beer: For those who prefer to alternate with a non-alcoholic version of a spicy kick.

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What you could change in Rum Mule

  • Rum: You can substitute the rum with vodka to make a classic Moscow Mule.
  • Ginger Beer: If you don't have ginger beer, you can use ginger ale, but the cocktail will be sweeter and less spicy.

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And of course - twists🍹

Spicy Rum Mule

  • Ingredients: 2 oz spiced rum, 1 oz lime juice, 4 oz ginger beer, Ice cubes, Lime slice, Jalapeño slices
  • Recipe: Follow the standard Rum Mule recipe, but muddle a few slices of jalapeño in the bottom of the mug before adding the other ingredients. This will give the drink a fiery personality, sure to warm even the coldest pirate heart.

Tropical Rum Mule

  • Ingredients: 2 oz coconut rum, 1 oz lime juice, 4 oz pineapple ginger beer, Ice cubes, Lime wedge, Pineapple leaves
  • Recipe: Swap your regular rum for something more tropical and ginger beer for a pineapple version. Then prepare as usual. This twist will teleport your taste buds to a hammock between palm trees, where the sunsets are as sweet as your drink.

Dark & Stormy Mule

  • Ingredients: 2 oz dark rum, 1 oz lime juice, 4 oz ginger beer, Ice cubes, Lime slice, 2 mint leaves
  • Recipe: Using dark rum instead of light rum, prepare the Rum Mule as directed. Dark rum adds depth and a hint of molasses, like a storm cloud looming on the horizon of your copper mug.

In case you forgot basics how to make Rum 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 Rum Mule

Can I replace lime with any other citrus fruit?

You could use lemon as a substitute for lime, but the taste would be slightly different as lemon is generally less sour and more sweet than lime.

Why is it necessary to use a copper mug for serving the Rum Mule?

Using a copper mug is part of the tradition. However, it isn't just for show - copper mugs are known to keep the drink colder for a longer time enhancing the overall experience.

Can I make a Rum Mule without alcohol?

Yes, you can replace the Rum with a non-alcoholic mixer like soda or fizzy drinks to create a mocktail.

Are there any specific brands of rum recommended for the Rum Mule?

While specific brands aren't mentioned, it's generally preferred to use a high quality rum. A fresh, fruity, or spiced rum bottle from a reliable brand would do the trick.

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