Jamaican Mule

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Cocktail History

The Jamaican Mule is a modern tiki cocktail that was created by bartender Jelani Johnson at the Clover Club in Brooklyn, New York. In his tiki take on the vodka-based classic Moscow Mule, Johnson swaps the base spirit for rum, substitutes a house-made ginger syrup in place of ginger beer, and adds pineapple and bitters to complement the other flavors.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Dark Rum: This is the base spirit. We used Appleton Estate’s Gold Jamaican Rum because it’s a great affordable spirit with notes of spices and vanilla.

Ginger Syrup: This is a sweetener made with ginger, white sugar, gum Arabic powder, and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s sous vide recipe.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Pineapple Juice: This adds sweet and fruity pineapple flavor. We prefer fresh pineapple juice, but you can substitute canned juice if that’s easier than juicing an entire pineapple.

Angostura Aromatic Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with botanicals. They add more spice and complexity to the drink and tie the other flavors together.

Candied Ginger: This is one of the garnishes. It adds fragrant ginger aroma and flavor.

Lime Slice: This is another garnish. It adds fresh citrus aroma and flavor when dropped into the drink.

Orchid Blossom: This is the other garnish. It adds floral aroma.

Tasting Notes

The Jamaican Mule starts with enticing aromas of ginger plus a spice-forward taste featuring rum and citrus balanced by sweetness from the pineapple and leaves with a lingering ginger spice on the throat.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We’re both big fans of ginger’s spicy tang, so we enjoyed this recipe. As for if we’d make it again, Kendall could take it or leave it to be honest. It mostly reminded her (and made her crave) Asian food a little too much. Alex though absolutely loved this cocktail and will definitely make it again. 

Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I really liked this cocktail! I’ve been a fan of any and all kinds of Mules since they became mainstream, but this one is obviously a little different since it doesn’t use classic ginger beer and instead adds ginger flavor through a syrup while omitting bubbles altogether. The result is an experience that embodies tiki with its blend of Polynesian flavors and turns the Mule formula into a more spirit-forward drink. I definitely enjoyed it to the last drop.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This cocktail is tiki with an Asian kick! Ginger is definitely the most prevalent flavor, which to be honest had me wanting Asian food after a few sips. Overall, I found the Jamaican Mule to certainly be delicious and spicy and different, but I don’t see myself drinking it again. I think I still prefer the more traditional tiki cocktails made with a bit less ginger.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Easy Tiki: A Modern Revival with 60 Recipes by Chloe Frechette.

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AuthorEasy TikiPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Jamaican Rum
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 ½ oz Pineapple Juice
 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 2 Pieces Candied Ginger
 1 Lime Slice
 1 Orchid Blossom

Method
1

Add rum, ginger syrup, lime juice, pineapple juice, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a highball glass or tiki glass over crushed ice.

4

Garnish with candied ginger, lime wheel, and orchid blossom.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Jamaican Rum
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 ½ oz Pineapple Juice
 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 2 Pieces Candied Ginger
 1 Lime Slice
 1 Orchid Blossom

Directions

Method
1

Add rum, ginger syrup, lime juice, pineapple juice, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a highball glass or tiki glass over crushed ice.

4

Garnish with candied ginger, lime wheel, and orchid blossom.

Jamaican Mule

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More Tiki Cocktails

If you like this tiki cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Ginger Inferno: A rum cocktail made with ginger liqueur, velvet falernum liqueur, lime juice, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, a lime slice, and candied ginger

Staycation: A rum and whiskey cocktail made with coconut cream, lemon juice, apricot liqueur, passion fruit syrup, a lemon slice, and mint

Elusive Dreams: A rum cocktail made with pineapple juice, lime juice, cinnamon syrup, banana liqueur, and a pineapple wedge

Iron Ranger (Variation): A whiskey cocktail made with pineapple juice, lemon juice, velvet falernum liqueur, cinnamon syrup, Angostura aromatic bitters, mint, and a cinnamon stick

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