The Foghorn Cocktail

The Foghorn cocktail is a delicious and refreshing blend of gin, lime juice, and ginger beer. 

The Foghorn is known as the gin variant of the classic Moscow Mule. It shares similar ingredients with the Moscow Mule, but the replacement of vodka with gin gives it a distinct character. The gin’s botanical notes harmonize with the lime’s acidity and the spicy kick of ginger beer.

It makes a cocktail that is invigorating, complex, yet incredibly easy to make. This cocktail can be made in an old-fashioned or highball glass or use a copper mug. For another delicious gingerbeer cocktail, see this tequila moscow mule recipe.

Without further ado, let’s delve into the Foghorn cocktail recipe:


Here’s what you’ll need to make one Foghorn cocktail.

  • 60ml gin – Good London Dry Gin (or your favorite gin). Use a high-quality gin where the main flavor in this gin comes from juniper berries, and no artificial colors or flavors are added.
  • 120 ml ginger beer – Spicy ginger beer is the perfect pairing; it brings a lovely spice. For a milder version, you can use ginger ale.
  • 15 ml lime juice – A twist of lime cuts the sweetness.
  • A wheel or wedge of lime for garnish
  • Ice cubes


  • Fill a highball glass or old fashioned glass with ice. Pour in gin, then freshly squeezed lime juice.
  • Carefully pour your bubbly ginger beer into the glass, filling it up.
  • Lightly stir the mixture to combine the flavors.
  • Add your lime wedge as garnish. 

Variations and Additions.

  1. Irish Mule or Irish Foghorn: Swap the gin with Irish whiskey. This variation shares its Irish lineage with the well-known Irish Coffee.
  2. Kentucky Mule or Kentucky Foghorn: If you’re more into bourbon than gin, this version substitutes bourbon for gin, offering a warmer, fuller flavor profile.
  3. London Mule: For a more citrusy and slightly sweeter take on the Foghorn, use Old Tom gin instead of a classic London Dry.
  4. Spiced Foghorn: Adding a few dashes of Angostura bitters can introduce a layer of complexity and depth to the drink.
  5. Fruity Foghorns: Muddle fresh blueberries, cranberries, or a blood orange wedge in the bottom of your glass before adding the other ingredients. This not only adds color but also a burst of fresh fruit flavor.
  6. Citrus Swap: Instead of fresh lime juice, try lemon juice for a slightly different citrus profile.
  7. Soda Switch: Although ginger beer is traditional, substituting it with club soda or tonic water can tone down the spiciness, resulting in a lighter, more effervescent drink.
  8. Rum Foghorn or Rum Buck: Swap gin for light or dark rum. This is a tropical spin on the classic Foghorn, with the rum adding a sweet, rich character.
foghorn cocktail with lime wedges.

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Foghorn Cocktail

foghorn cocktail with lime wedges.

The Foghorn cocktail is a delicious and refreshing blend of gin, lime juice, and ginger beer. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 oz / 60 ml London dry gin
  • 0.5 oz / 15 ml fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz / 120 ml ginger beer
  • Ice
  • Lime wedges to serve


  1. Fill a highball glass or old-fashioned glass with ice. Pour in gin, then freshly squeezed lime juice.
  2. Pour over ginger beer. Lightly stir.
  3. Add lime wedges as garnish. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g

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