Marmalade Gin Mule

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Cocktail History

The Marmalade Gin Mule is a winter-inspired riff on the classic Gin Mule that appeared in Gin O’Clock: A Year of Ginspiration by Craft Cocktail Club. This simple four-ingredient cocktail is made with gin, lime, ginger beer, and a heaped teaspoon of the British breakfast staple orange marmalade.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Gin: This is the base spirit. We used Broker’s Premium London Dry Gin because it’s versatile, high-proof, and a chameleon that adds the distinct flavor of juniper while still allowing the other flavors to shine. 

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors that balance out the other ingredients. We always use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes much better.

Marmalade: This adds slightly bitter citrus flavors. We went with Bonne Maman Orange Marmalade because it’s high quality and has exceptional flavor.

Ginger Beer: This is a mixer. It stretches out the cocktail and adds noticeable spiciness and ginger flavor.

Lime Slice: This is the garnish. It adds a hint of citrus aroma, sourness, and flavor if you squeeze it into the drink.

Tasting Notes

The Marmalade Gin Mule starts with warming aromas of ginger and a tangy ginger-forward taste that strongly features bittersweet orange marmalade mixed with Broker’s botanical dry gin; this is all balanced a bit by the citrus, and the gin combines with spiciness in the throat for a pleasant finish.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: For a cold drink served in an even colder mug, this one will definitely warm you up, and the cozy flavors of the marmalade add an extra touch of cold winter morning nostalgia. We both loved the cocktail and will definitely make it again, no matter the season in which we find ourselves craving it.

Alex’s Take: “This is definitely a mule first and foremost, with a heavy note of ginger beer, but the marmalade is present and accounted for. You do have to search a bit for it, but the sweet orange jam spread is definitely mixed in to give body and flavor, and the gin lends its telltale spiciness to the mix.”

Kendall’s Take: “This mule tastes so delicious that it’s dangerous! I don’t believe I had ever tried orange marmalade before having it in this cocktail and found it to be more bitter than I expected, an attribute that is definitely noticeable even though the ginger beer is so prominent if you know what it tastes like. This would be great for sipping when the weather warms up again.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Gin O’Clock: A Year of Ginspiration by Craft Cocktail Club.

AuthorGin O'ClockPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ¾ oz Gin
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 1 tsp Marmalade
 Ginger Beer
 1 Lime Slice

Method
1

Add gin and marmalade to a shaker.

2

Stir gently for 5-7 seconds.

3

Add lime juice to shaker.

4

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

5

Strain into a Moscow Mule mug or highball glass over fresh crushed ice.

6

Top with ginger beer.

7

Garnish with lime slice.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ¾ oz Gin
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 1 tsp Marmalade
 Ginger Beer
 1 Lime Slice

Directions

Method
1

Add gin and marmalade to a shaker.

2

Stir gently for 5-7 seconds.

3

Add lime juice to shaker.

4

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

5

Strain into a Moscow Mule mug or highball glass over fresh crushed ice.

6

Top with ginger beer.

7

Garnish with lime slice.

Marmalade Gin Mule

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More Gin Cocktails

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

Archangel: A gin cocktail made with Aperol, cucumber slices, and a lemon twist

Spiced Pumpkin Punch: A gin cocktail made with apple cider, pumpkin purée, honey syrup, lemon juice, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon sticks

White Negroni: A gin cocktail made with Lillet Blanc, Suze, and a lemon peel

Apple Pie Gimlet: A gin cocktail made with apple cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, a cinnamon stick, and an apple slice

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