Mezcal Mule. A variation on the Moscow Mule with smoky mezcal, ginger ale, and lime. A simple, refreshing cocktail for fans of mezcal. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

Mezcal Mule (Mezcal + Ginger ale + Lime Cocktail)

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A Mezcal Mule, beaded with condensation, is a beautiful thing.

Especially when the weather is oppressive.

It’s been so hot and humid these last few weeks that when I step outside it feels like the air around me is sweating. My naturally wavy hair, which I straighten these days, has developed a persistent swoop that no amount of round brushing and product will coax flat. In this kind of weather, I feel the need to change my clothes at least three times a day and usually shower at least twice.

It is mid-August, which is when we come to expect this kind of weather in Chicago. But this year has had what feels like a longer than average run of it with little relief.

Mostly, I’ve tried to avoid going outside. Which is, uh, an unrealistic strategy.

A better strategy, I’ve found, is treating myself to a cold drink after I’ve made one of those inevitable forays into the unpleasantness.

Mezcal Mule. A variation on the Moscow Mule with smoky mezcal, ginger ale, and lime. A simple, refreshing cocktail for fans of mezcal. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

Which brings me back to the Mezcal Mule. It’s a variation on the classic Moscow Mule, which is traditionally a vodka drink. I’m not much of a vodka person. I tend to think any vodka drink would be more interesting with gin or just about any other base spirit, pretty much all of which have more character. But if you’re a fan of the classic, by all means drink it that way.

This Mezcal Mule uses mezcal, ginger ale, and lime. And it’s so completely refreshing. Mezcal, if you don’t know it, is an agave-based spirit with a much smokier, richer flavor than the more familiar agave-based tequila. I love the way the smoky flavors play with the sweetness and spice of the ginger ale. I make this with a homemade ginger syrup (which is a cinch to make) and soda water (I love my SodaStream), but you could also just use a nice store-bought ginger ale. Then all you need is some fresh-squeezed lime juice (don’t use the pre-bottled stuff) and some ice. I like to garnish this with a bunch of mint for an herbaceous fragrance on the nose. I think it smells nice and makes the drink look pretty, but it’s a totally optional flourish.

Mezcal Mule. A variation on the Moscow Mule with smoky mezcal, ginger ale, and lime. A simple, refreshing cocktail for fans of mezcal. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

 

Mezcal Mule. A variation on the Moscow Mule with smoky mezcal, ginger ale, and lime. A simple, refreshing cocktail for fans of mezcal. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

It’s a simple drink that you build in the same glass you drink it in, which removes the need for anything in the way of fancy equipment. While Moscow Mules are traditionally served in copper mugs (or, in my house, these handle-free copper cups [and just try not to drool while you browse the other housewares on food52…]), you can absolutely make them in a basic tumbler or rocks glass.

So really, you have no excuse not to make one. Like right now.

Mezcal Mule. A variation on the Moscow Mule with smoky mezcal, ginger ale, and lime. A simple, refreshing cocktail for fans of mezcal. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

 

Mezcal Mule. A variation on the Moscow Mule with smoky mezcal, ginger ale, and lime. A simple, refreshing cocktail for fans of mezcal. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

Mezcal Mule. A variation on the Moscow Mule with smoky mezcal, ginger ale, and lime. A simple, refreshing cocktail for fans of mezcal. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net
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Mezcal Mule

Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 2 minutes
Yield: 1 drink
This Mezcal Mule is a variation on the classic Moscow Mule, which is traditionally made with vodka. I love the smoky quality mezcal brings to the combination of ginger ale and lime, but you could certainly use another spirit here (honestly anything from gin to whiskey to rum will be good here) if you like. If you're interested in trying mezcal, Del Maguey Vida is a good affordable brand. I use a homemade ginger syrup and fizzy water, but you could feel free to use 4 ounces of any ginger ale you like in place of the ginger syrup and soda. (I'm a fan of Fever Tree). Please use fresh-squeezed lime juice and not the bottled stuff here. The mint is pretty and smells nice, but it's totally optional. (Oh, and if you're interested you can find the copper cups in the pictures here.)

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces mezcal
  • 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces ginger syrup
  • 3 ounces soda water or use 4 ounces of ginger ale in place of the syrup + soda water

Instructions

  1. Fill your glass with ice, add the mezcal, lime juice, ginger syrup, and soda water (or ginger ale). Stir until cold. Garnish with mint if using. Serve.

 


12 Comments

  • I love Moscow Mules! I’ve never tried mezcal before- I’ll have to try switching it out for vodka sometime!

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    • Thanks! You should totally give it a try with mezcal! I think the smokiness works beautifully with the sweet ginger heat!

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  • This is something new to me. Looks so flavorful. Love the presentation.

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    • Thanks!

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  • I just love your photo style. The misty pictures stand perfectly with the mood of the recipe, along with those inviting copper glasses. Love all of it!

    I dont know what a Mezcal is and would love to try

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    • Thanks, Nupur!

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  • I love your description of wavy hair in Chicago, and the way the air sweats! I have downright curly hair, and I live in McAllen, Texas (near the Gulf of Mexico). We had weeks of 100 plus temps with humidity nearly to match. My hair goes nuts. All that to say, a refreshing cocktail is always in order IMHO. The mezcal sounds intriguing. I am not much for vodka, and love gin. I think I need to pin this for the near future!

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    • Ah, curly hair in humid weather! It’s a constant struggle! You could totally make this with gin (there’s a gin variation called a gin gin mule). If you’re a fan of smoky flavors then mezcal is worth trying–if smoky sounds like too much, mezcal might not be your thing.

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  • It’s oppressively hot here too! I could use one of these right now. 🙂 I’ll have to search out some Mezcal, since that sounds so interesting and I need to try it.

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    • Thanks Anne Marie! You totally should!

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  • Is it really ok to drink out of copper” my Russian tea cups have glass liners. I heard that water stored in old style silver tea pots picks up the medicinal.anti-microbial qualities of silver itself. I got one but it’s only silver plate. Hope it works. BTW Kasperzyk that’s a pretty common name when I was struggling with the journal as the first girl lieutenant on the fire department there was a real neat fellow with that same name that I tried to emulate. If that’s your dad, tell him I send my regards from Michiana

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  • I once had a daughter, a fashion blogger friend of glitter guts. Hope she’s thriving, and you as well. I have some secret receipies I made up. I may carry them to my grave or maybe share

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