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Gin-Gin Mule

The Gin-Gin Mule is a milestone drink of the 21st-century cocktail renaissance. In fact, we named it one of the 25 most influential cocktails of the past century in our May/June 2010 issue. Created by the equally influential Pegu Club owner Audrey Saunders, the cocktail has inspired countless spin-offs, and bartenders around the country took Saunders' cue to highlight ginger and improve drinks with homemade ingredients.

 

6 mint sprigs

1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

1/2 oz. simple syrup (1:1)

1 1/2 oz. dry gin

3/4 oz. ginger beer (Saunders uses a housemade version)

Splash of soda water

Tools: muddler, shaker, strainer

Glass: highball

Garnish: lime wedge and mint sprig

 

Place mint leaves in a shaker and gently muddle with the lime juice and syrup. Add the gin and, if using a non-carbonated homemade version, add the ginger beer as well. Fill with ice and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled glass and add a splash of soda. If you're using a carbonated ginger beer, you can skip the soda. Garnish.

 

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