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9 scotch whisky variations on the Moscow Mule

Kentucky Whisky Mule Cocktail Ballantine's

The Moscow Mule is a classic summer cocktail, made with vodka, ginger beer and lime. Whilst we appreciate the clear spirits, we’re all about whisky here at Ballantine’s. So naturally we’ve put our own scotch spin on the traditional recipe.From a classic whisky mule to fruity and frozen twists, here are our favourite whisky variations on a Moscow Mule. However you like your mule, make it your way.

Scotch Kentucky Mule

We’re kicking off with an OG whisky twist on a Moscow Mule. The combo of scotch and ginger is a match made in cocktail heaven. Fiery spice meets smooth, sweet whisky with the added refreshing bonus of lime juice. Our Kentucky Mule recipe calls for tons of ice and a sprig of mint garnish. Perfect for your spontaneous summer sessions.

Middleton Mule

If you like your drinks on the sweet side then you’ll love the Middleton Mule. This cocktail uses a classic Kentucky Mule recipe with the addition of ginger syrup for extra spiced sweetness. Make your syrup at home by melting sugar into water on the stove before simmering with fresh ginger for 15 minutes. Cool it, strain it and pour it into your mule.

Kentucky Mule

Simple and refreshing. This zingy Kentucky Mule recipe is soon to be your new go-to, but don’t just take our word for it, try it for yourself!


Berry Mule

Enhance the fruitiness of a classic mule with this berry twist. We’re keeping the combo of whisky and ginger beer, but this time we’re muddling your favourite berries before you pour. Raspberries, blueberries and blackberries make for a delicious sweet addition to the smooth, spiced recipe. And for extra garnish points, freeze a few berries in your ice tray.

Apple Pop Mule

Combine the flavours of autumn with the summery refreshing-ness of a classic mule in this seasonal drink. Apple, ginger and whisky are a delicious trio. Swap soda water for ginger ale in this apple mule recipe. Or go for a spicier serve with ginger beer.

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An adaptation of the Forres 75 cocktail enjoyed by RZA whilst in Speyside. Simple, spiced and sparkling.


Orange Ginger Mule

Traditional mules call for a citrus twist of lime juice. But if lime isn’t your thing, try this whisky mule variation for size. Swap a squeeze of zesty lime for a pour of freshly squeezed OJ and an orange wheel garnish. Or go the whole hog and add a dash of triple sec for extra orangey goodness. Use our orange highball recipe as a base, replacing lemon soda for ginger beer.

Frozen Whisky Mule

Sometimes summer calls for extra ice. When the heat’s on and the music’s pumping, there’s nothing more refreshing than a frozen cocktail. Swap your shaker for a blender and whizz up a round of frozen mules. It’s simple – chuck in some ice, pour in twice as much liquid ingredients and blend until smooth.

Moxxi’s Mule

Make a cocktail that’s out of this world with Moxxi’s Mule. This scotch and ginger beer serve is made with Mad Moxxi’s limited edition bottle of Ballantine’s Finest in celebration of our partnership with Borderlands the Game.

Moxxi’s Mule

With fiery ginger and a zingy touch of citrus, is it any surprise this is Moxxi’s favourite tipple to serve from behind the bar? Get your mitts on this scotch whisky and ginger beer cocktail.


Whisky Ginger Julep

This may look like a standard julep but inside that tin cup is a delicious secret: lime and ginger. Mix it up for a spicy sweet hit suitable for any occasion.


Whisky Julep Mule

When does a mule become a julep? We’re not exactly sure, but in this case we’re combining the two. Our Whisky Julep recipe has all the refreshingness of a standard mint julep together with the zesty citrus spice of a ginger mule. Pour it in a tin cup and serve for a secret surprise.

Ginger Ale Mule

Take a walk on the lighter side of life by swapping beer for ale. Whisky and ginger ale is just as good a combo as the spicier alternative, just slightly less fiery and slightly more refreshing. Add a lime wedge and you’re good to go.

Whisky & Ginger Ale

Spicy and refreshing in one, kick things up a gear with the classic pairing of Ballantine’s whisky & Ginger Ale.


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