Hot Ginger Mule: Spicy Moscow Mule Riff

The Hot Ginger Mule is a variation of the classic Moscow Mule using Hot Ginger Lime Syrup from Royal Rose Syrups. Your mule will have a little extra kick when using this organic syrup!

Hot Ginger Mule

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Mixology is such an interesting topic. Every day I’m fascinated by the different ways to make a drink. Let’s take the classic Moscow Mule for example. Vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, and ginger beer. But when I tried to determine if this drink should be shaken or stirred, I found conflicting opinions.

Some say to stir the first three ingredients, then add ice and top with ginger beer. Others suggest pouring all the ingredients into a glass over ice and leaving the stirring to the person drinking it. Still another opinion is that the drink is better when first shaken with ice – to break up the oils in the citrus and to create a delicate froth – then topped with ginger beer.

Each of these methods would result in a slightly different taste and there is no right or wrong answer. You can also alter the ingredients slightly to give a new dimension to the cocktail or alter it a lot for something totally unique.

It’s just so damn fun!

Making the Hot Ginger Mule

For this variation of the Moscow Mule, I used Hot Ginger Lime syrup from Royal Rose Syrups. I’m a big fan of their small-batch, locally sourced, certified organic syrups. The Hot Ginger Lime is an infusion of organic ginger, jalapeño peppers, and lime juice that creates a spicy and fruity profile.

To make this drink, you’ll need two ounces of vodka, one ounce of Hot Ginger Lime Syrup, one ounce of fresh-squeezed lime juice, and ginger beer. And you absolutely need a copper mule mug to serve it in!

Now, the big question… did I stir, build, or shake my Mule? I’m usually a big fan of shaking cocktails. I think the bit of foam shaking creates gives a really smooth mouthfeel and I like shaking to thoroughly combine the ingredients. I’ll also admit that it makes me feel like more of a “bartender” when I shake a drink! 😀

But for this drink, I went with the stir. This drink gets a fair amount of ice and I didn’t want to dilute it more by shaking with ice. It was just gut feeling. Next time, I’ll try it with a shake. Because I will definitely be making this drink again.

To make the Hot Ginger Mule, start with a mule mug about half-filled with crushed ice. Pour in two ounces of vodka, one ounce of Hot Ginger Lime Syrup, and one ounce of fresh-squeezed lime juice. Stir, then top with ginger beer (we love Q Mixers!).

About Royal Rose Syrups

We were gifted a sample of Royal Rose Syrups to test out and create cocktails and I have fallen in love with them. Yes, I do like to make my own simple syrups, but Royal Rose is constantly coming out with new, seasonal flavors that I couldn’t duplicate on my own. 

Royal Rose Syrups

Their products are organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free, with ingredients locally sourced near their Newcastle, Maine facility. Each syrup is made with raw sugars, farm-fresh ingredients, and without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

In addition to making cocktails, these syrups are an all-purpose, natural sweetener for mocktails, cooking, baking, desserts, teas, coffees, seltzer and more. Shop Royal Rose Organic Syrups here!

Hot Ginger Mule

Hot Ginger Mule Cocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

The Hot Ginger Mule is a kicked-up variation of the classic Moscow Mule using Hot Ginger Lime Syrup from Royal Rose Organic Syrups.


  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Hot Ginger Lime Syrup from Royal Rose Syrups
  • 1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • Ginger Beer
  • Crushed ice


  1. Put a handful of crushed ice in a copper mule mug.
  2. Pour in the vodka, Hot Ginger Lime syrup, and lime juice.
  3. Stir, then top off with ginger beer.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 275
Hot Ginger Mule recipe

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