Brazilian Mule Cocktail Drink

Brazilian Mule

In the mood for a dynamic cocktail? This Brazilian Mule recipe has got you covered! It’s a pleasing drink, straightforward to create, and loaded with tasty ingredients.

Brazilian Mule Recipe

Relax with our straightforward Brazilian Mule recipe! We use cachaça, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer for a refreshing spring drink.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

227 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Cachaça
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz Ginger Beer, to top up
  • oz simple syrup, optional, adjust to taste
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel or mint sprig, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Copper Mug or Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Mug: Fill your copper mug or highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Lime Juice: Squeeze and pour ½ oz fresh lime juice into the mug.
  • Add Cachaça: Pour 2 oz Cachaça over the ice.
  • Add Ginger Beer: Top up with about 4 oz Ginger Beer.
  • Add Simple Syrup (optional): Give your cocktail a taste and add ⅓ oz simple syrup if you’d like a sweeter drink. Give it a quick stir to combine.
  • Garnish: Place a lime wheel or a mint sprig on the mug's rim for garnish and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Cachaça: If you don't have cachaça, you can substitute white agricole. You can also use vodka for a classic Moscow Mule, or gold Jamaican rum for a Jamaican Mule.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: If you run out of fresh limes, bottled lime juice can work in a pinch, but it won't be as fresh-tasting. You can also use fresh lemon juice for a different citrus kick.
  • Ginger Beer: If you're not fond of ginger beer's spiciness, use ginger ale instead. It's sweeter and less spicy but still gives that ginger kick.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Cachaça Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum substitute; these are available and do a good job mimicking rum's flavor. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own rum substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla, cinnamon, clove, allspice and banana are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-rum” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Ginger Beer Substitute: Despite what its name might suggest, ginger beer is actually alcohol-free.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the cachaça, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

Most of the ingredients in a Brazilian Mule are naturally vegan. However, some brands of ginger beer may use honey as a sweetener. Check the labels and choose a brand that aligns with your dietary preferences. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories
227
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
14
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
18
g
6
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
18
g
20
%
Potassium
 
24
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
7
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
7
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Brazilian Mule Cocktail Drink

Brazilian Mule Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Relax with our straightforward Brazilian Mule recipe! We use cachaça, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer for a refreshing spring drink.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 227

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Cachaça
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz Ginger Beer - to top up
  • oz simple syrup - optional, adjust to taste
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel or mint sprig - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Copper Mug or Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Mug: Fill your copper mug or highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Lime Juice: Squeeze and pour ½ oz fresh lime juice into the mug.
  • Add Cachaça: Pour 2 oz Cachaça over the ice.
  • Add Ginger Beer: Top up with about 4 oz Ginger Beer.
  • Add Simple Syrup (optional): Give your cocktail a taste and add ⅓ oz simple syrup if you’d like a sweeter drink. Give it a quick stir to combine.
  • Garnish: Place a lime wheel or a mint sprig on the mug's rim for garnish and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Cachaça: If you don't have cachaça, you can substitute white agricole. You can also use vodka for a classic Moscow Mule, or gold Jamaican rum for a Jamaican Mule.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: If you run out of fresh limes, bottled lime juice can work in a pinch, but it won't be as fresh-tasting. You can also use fresh lemon juice for a different citrus kick.
  • Ginger Beer: If you're not fond of ginger beer's spiciness, use ginger ale instead. It's sweeter and less spicy but still gives that ginger kick.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Cachaça Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum substitute; these are available and do a good job mimicking rum's flavor. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own rum substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla, cinnamon, clove, allspice and banana are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-rum” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Ginger Beer Substitute: Despite what its name might suggest, ginger beer is actually alcohol-free.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the cachaça, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

Most of the ingredients in a Brazilian Mule are naturally vegan. However, some brands of ginger beer may use honey as a sweetener. Check the labels and choose a brand that aligns with your dietary preferences. 

What is a Brazilian Mule?

A Brazilian Mule is a cocktail made of Cachaça, lime juice, and ginger beer. It’s not difficult to make, requiring only the ability to measure and mix ingredients. This drink is a variant of the well-known Moscow Mule, but with a Brazilian twist – substituting vodka for Cachaça, which is a popular spirit in Brazil distilled from fermented sugarcane juice. The use of Cachaça gives this cocktail a unique flavor profile that sets it apart from its more traditional counterpart.

A side shot of a Brazilian Mule cocktail in a highball glass on a wooden board surrounded by a strainer, a white cloth and a bowl with lime wedges

What is a Brazilian Mule made of – The ingredients

Get these ingredients ready if you’re making a Brazilian Mule:

  • Cachaça: This is the primary alcohol in a Brazilian Mule. Cachaça, a Brazilian rum made from sugarcane juice, gives the cocktail its distinctive tropical & slightly earthy
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice adds a tangy citrus note to the drink, balancing out the sweetness of the cachaça and ginger beer.
  • Ginger Beer: This ingredient brings the Brazilian Mule a spicy kick and effervescence. It’s responsible for the cocktail’s refreshing and fizzy characteristics.
  • Simple Syrup (optional): If desired, a small amount can be added to sweeten the cocktail. It helps to mellow out the sharpness of the lime and ginger beer.
  • Lime Wheel or Mint Sprig: Used as a garnish to add some visual appeal as well as to infuse a subtle fresh aroma into the drink.
  • Ice Cubes: Ice cubes are essential in serving a Brazilian Mule. They keep the cocktail chilled, ensuring it stays refreshing from start to finish.

Cachaça, ginger beer, lime juice, and lime laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Brazilian Mule?

Use our easy-to-understand guide to make a Brazilian Mule at home:

1
<p>Start by filling a copper mug or a highball glass with a generous amount of ice cubes.</p>

Start by filling a copper mug or a highball glass with a generous amount of ice cubes.

2
<p>Take a lime and cut it into two halves. Squeeze the juice from one half. Once you have ½ ounce of fresh lime juice, pour it into the glass.</p>

Take a lime and cut it into two halves. Squeeze the juice from one half. Once you have ½ ounce of fresh lime juice, pour it into the glass.

3
<p>Add two ounces of Cachaça into the glass. Make sure to measure it accurately to maintain the balance of flavors in the drink. The Cachaça, a traditional Brazilian spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice, will add a unique and robust flavor to your cocktail.</p>

Add two ounces of Cachaça into the glass. Make sure to measure it accurately to maintain the balance of flavors in the drink. The Cachaça, a traditional Brazilian spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice, will add a unique and robust flavor to your cocktail.

4
<p>Top-up the drink with ginger beer (it should require approximately 4 to 6 ounces of ginger beer depending on the size of your glass). This will give your Brazilian Mule its characteristic spicy kick.</p>

Top-up the drink with ginger beer (it should require approximately 4 to 6 ounces of ginger beer depending on the size of your glass). This will give your Brazilian Mule its characteristic spicy kick.

5
<p>Stir the mixture gently with a long spoon or a cocktail stirrer. This will help combine the ingredients and ensure the flavors are evenly distributed throughout the drink. If you want a sweeter drink, now is the time to add a dash (approx. ⅓ ounce) of simple syrup or cane sugar syrup to your drink).</p>

Stir the mixture gently with a long spoon or a cocktail stirrer. This will help combine the ingredients and ensure the flavors are evenly distributed throughout the drink. If you want a sweeter drink, now is the time to add a dash (approx. ⅓ ounce) of simple syrup or cane sugar syrup to your drink).

6
<p>Take the remaining half of the lime, cut a thin slice for garnish, and gently place it on the glass as a garnish. If you want, you can also add a sprig of mint for an extra pop of color. Serve immediately, and enjoy your Brazilian Mule!.</p>

Take the remaining half of the lime, cut a thin slice for garnish, and gently place it on the glass as a garnish. If you want, you can also add a sprig of mint for an extra pop of color. Serve immediately, and enjoy your Brazilian Mule!.

History and Origin of the Brazilian Mule

The star ingredient of the Brazilian Mule is Cachaça, a popular Brazilian spirit distilled from fermented sugarcane juice. The use of Cachaça in this cocktail gives it a unique twist on the classic Moscow Mule, which traditionally uses vodka.

A Brazilian Mule cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Cachaça, ginger beer, lime juice, and lime

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Brazilian Mule?
A typical Brazilian Mule contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Brazilian Mule?
The strength of a Brazilian Mule depends on the amount of alcohol used. Generally, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 8-10%, translating to 16-20 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Brazilian Mule?
Cachaça, a popular Brazilian spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice, is the primary alcohol used in a Brazilian Mule. It gives the cocktail its distinctive flavor and kick.
In what kind of glass is a Brazilian Mule served?
Traditionally, a Brazilian Mule is served in a copper mug. The mug helps to keep the drink cold and enhances the flavors of the cocktail. A highball glass can be used if copper mugs are not available.
What does a Brazilian Mule taste like?
A Brazilian Mule uniquely blends sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. It blends the tangy brightness of fresh lime juice with the earthy notes of cachaça. The spicy kick of ginger beer adds a lively, crisp finish.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Brazilian Mule?
The standard ratio for a Brazilian Mule is 1 part Cachaça to 2 parts ginger beer. This creates a balanced flavor profile that isn't too sweet or too tart, and it can be easily adjusted to taste.
How is a Brazilian Mule served with ice?
A Brazilian Mule is typically served over ice to keep it chilled throughout consumption. The ice also helps to dilute the drink slightly, making it more refreshing.
What is the origin of the Brazilian Mule?
The Brazilian Mule is a classic Moscow Mule cocktail variation, using cachaça instead of vodka.

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