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Best Drinks for Moscow Mule Lovers

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Ginger beer aficionados love the Moscow Mule for its addictive spice and citrusy punch, enhanced—some say—by the trademark copper mug. But the distinctive features of a Moscow Mule can be found in a number of other drinks, perfect for those mule acolytes who would like to branch out—at least a little bit. Here, the best drinks for people who love Moscow Mules.

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All mules are bucks, but not all bucks are mules. The buck family of drinks dates back to the mid-19th century, and encompasses any drink made with a spirit, citrus and ginger beer (or ginger ale). Swapping the vodka for gin adds a level of botanical flavor to the spices in the ginger beer, making this elder relative a complex alternative to your standard mule.

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Gin
Fresh Lemon Juice
Ginger Ale
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Best served in tiny copper mugs, the jello version of your favorite gingery cocktail retains the classic cocktail’s characteristic spice and citrusy zest, making it totally unlike any sweet, fruity Jell-O you’ve suffered before. Just don’t be surprised by the kick of these mini-mules—though they are but little, they are fierce.

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ginger beer
unflavored gelatin
vodka
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The Dark and Stormy is the second best ginger beer-based classic (after your beloved mule, of course). The Caribbean spin swaps Russian vodka for Gosling’s Black Seal dark rum, which adds heavy notes of sweet caramel and tropical flavor, making your choice of tart lime and spicy ginger beer all the more important. Though it’s served in an ordinary highball glass instead of a fancy metal mug, consider the sandy beach beneath your feet as compensation.

The Essentials

Rum
lime juice
ginger beer
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Setting aside the dubious scientific effect of the copper mug, the metal serveware is half the fun of a Moscow Mule. Made in a silver chalice, the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby is another great option for accessory-obsessed Moscow Mule lovers.

The Essentials

Bourbon
Simple Syrup
mint
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10-Pound Mule

There’s no such thing as too much of a good drink—at least according to the team at PH-D Terrace in New York, where they serve a 10-pound behemoth of a Moscow Mule known as the Megamule. The gargantuan mixed drink requires a full bottle vodka, so even the most devoted of mule lovers may want to share. The Supercall team has already conquered this mega-mule, and we can happily confirm it will sate even the deepest of Moscow Mule cravings.

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