This spicy mule takes a traditional Moscow mule and turns up the heat with spicy jalapeño and an optional chili salt rim.
The classic Moscow Mule, the precursor to all Mule cocktails, was born in the 1940s in the United States when a vodka distributor and a ginger beer maker combined their drinks, resulting in a refreshing cocktail in a distinctive copper mug.
The Kentucky Mule replaced vodka with bourbon, the Mexican Mule with tequila, and so forth. The Spicy Mule builds on this foundation by introducing heat to the mix. It delivers a warming kick that is a welcome addition, especially for lovers of spicy food and drink.
Here's what you need for this spicy cocktail.
- 2 ounces of vodka - Unflavored vodka. The quality of vodka isn't too important as it's being infused, but try to choose at least a middle-shelf variety.
- 4 ounces of your favorite ginger beer (or you can use ginger ale)
- ½ ounce fresh lime juice
- 1-3 slices jalapeño (The not-so-secret ingredient. Adjust according to your preferred spice level. You can also use a different chili pepper)
- Lime slice and jalapeño slice for garnish
- Fresh mint for garnish
- Ice cubes
- Optional chili and salt for the rim - Making a chili salt rim is easy to add an extra kick of flavor and more heat.
Mix the sea salt and chili powder together in a small dish until well combined. Rub a lime or lemon wedge around the rim of your glass.
Dip the rim of the copper mug into the chili salt mix, ensuring the rim is fully coated.
Slice your jalapeño and lime and add to the mug. Pour over vodka and fresh lime juice.
Muddle the jalapeño slices gently to release their spice.
Add ice to the muddled jalapeños.
Fill your glass with ice and top it off with ginger beer. Stir gently to mix the ingredients.
Top your drink off with lime slices, a few mint sprigs, and a jalapeño slice.
Make it your own
While this spicy moscow mule recipe is delish, don't hesitate to experiment next time. Love tequila? Try a Mexican Mule with a spicy twist. If you're a bourbon fan, make a spicy version of the Kentucky Mule. Love fruit? Muddle some fresh pineapple or mango with the jalapeño for a spicy, tropical twist. You could also swap the mint for cilantro or basil!
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Spicy Moscow Mule
- 2 oz / 60 ml vodka
- ½ oz / 15 ml fresh lime juice
- 4 oz / 120 ml ginger beer
- 1-3 slices jalapeño, plus more for serving (Adjust according to your preference.)
- Fresh mint, lime wedges, jalapeño for serving
- Optional - Mix 1 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon chili powder together in a small dish until well combined. Rub a lime or lemon wedge around the rim of your glass. Dip the mug's rim into the chili salt mix, ensuring the rim is fully coated.
- Slice your jalapeño and lime and add to the mug. Pour over vodka and fresh lime juice.
- Muddle the jalapeño slices gently to release their spice.
- Add ice to the muddled jalapeños.
- Fill your glass with ice and top it off with ginger beer. Stir gently to mix the ingredients.
- Top your drink with lime slices, a few mint sprigs, and a jalapeño slice.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g