It’s Friday! I don’t have to work! That calls for a drink, doesn’t it? Now, I am anticipating people telling me that a gin mule requires both muddled mint and simple syrup: I know that. However, I do not always have those two things lying around, but I do always have gin and limes, and the bodega down the street sells lots of fun and interesting sodas, dry ginger ale being one of them. Put these three simple ingredients together and you have what I like to call a Brooklyn Gin Mule. I use the word Brooklyn for two reasons. First, I’ve used my new second favorite gin (Hendricks will always be first in my heart), Brooklyn Gin. It’s distilled in small batches right here in New York and it’s absolutely fantastic. You can really taste the hand-cracked juniper berries, and when you open the bottle, you are greeted with an intoxicatingly light and refreshing citrus aroma. I especially love that despite all of the wonderful notes in the gin, it’s still nice and dry, so you can make a lovely gin and tonic or any number of fun cocktails. Of course, if you can’t get your hands on some Brooklyn Gin, you can certainly use whatever you have in your home. If you’re making drinks for a crowd, there’s nothing wrong with Seagrams! I suppose using Seagrams would really make this more of a Brooklyn Gin Mule than the Brooklyn Gin, but I digress. The second reason I am calling this a Brooklyn Gin Mule is because, like most things in Brooklyn, it’s just a little less fancy than what you’d find in Manhattan. One day I will post a traditional gin mule with all of the proper fixin’s, but for now, enjoy this simple summery cocktail and have a great weekend!
All you need.
I am such a sucker for packaging. Look at how pretty that bottle is.
Now it’s time for the most laborious part of this recipe: juicing your limes. After that, you just mix everything in the glass and serve!
Is it summer, yet?
- 6 ice cubes
- juice of 2-3 limes (if you have good, ripe limes, you'll probably only need 2)
- 3 ounces gin (2 shots)
- 12 ounces dry ginger ale (I like to use GuS)
- Place 3 ice cubes in 2 tall glasses. Juice your limes and pour the juice over the ice. Add 1.5 ounces of gin (or more, if you love gin...like me) to each glass. Pour 6 ounces of the dry ginger soda over everything and stir to combine.