Get your tastebuds ready! The Spicy Austin Mule is a twist on the classic beverage. Tito’s Vodka makes it Austin, fresh jalapeno makes it spicy.
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I’ve been blogging for 6 years, and recently realized that I don’t have any beverages, desserts, holiday recipes or family history recipes on the blog. I do have a few side dishes, but everything else is main courses. I’m not sure how or why that happened, but I need to do something about it, so I have a more well-rounded blog. What better way to start, than with a cocktail?!
It’s kind of funny that my first cocktail recipe is a Mule, because I never drank them until about a year ago. I have a love/hate relationship with ginger beverages. I’ve always loved ginger ale, but never cared for ginger beer. I think it was just much too strong. And since you can’t make a Mule without ginger beer, I avoided them like the plague.
INVENTION OF THE MOSCOW MULE
All the stories I found online agree about the origins of the Mule. John G. Martin, head of Heublein & Brothers distillery, had an abundance of vodka. His friend and bar owner, Jack Morgan, had an abundance of ginger beer. One night the two were hanging out with one of Morgan’s bartenders, who was trying to move “dead product”. They got creative, and the Moscow Mule was born.
There are several different stories about who invented the copper mug and who was the first to use it for a Mule. Whoever it was, and whenever it happened, doesn’t really matter. The key is, the copper mug is required for a proper Moscow Mule.
Moscow Mule is the original and, of course, the most popular. But I’m just not a fan of the flavor. Over time, Reilly sold me on the Austin Mule, and Stacy kind of sold me on the Spicy Mule. Combine the two together, and you have the Spicy Austin Mule.
This Spicy Austin Mule has a serious kick. I had a heavy-handed pour, so I’m quite sure that was part of it. But on top of the vodka and ginger beer is the jalapenos. Raw jalapenos, and I didn’t take out the seeds. You can mellow the flavor with less jalapeno, or a least remove the seeds first.
I really like this Spicy Austin Mule. The fresh lime juice balances out the spice of the jalapenos, and complements the bite of the ginger beer. I didn’t add any mint into the cup, but I think that would add another very nice level of flavor.
THE BEST VODKA FOR THE SPICY AUSTIN MULE
Yes, the vodka is specific and it’s important. Tito’s Vodka is what makes an Austin Mule. Use any other vodka, and it’s a Moscow Mule. No surprise, Tito’s is from Austin TX; it’s widely available in the middle of the country, and slowly making its way to the coasts.
I’m definitely a vodka snob. A friend introduced me to Grey Goose about 20 years ago, and I pretty much refused to drink any other brand. I’m a Goose and tonic girl, and I can tell the difference between good vodka and not good vodka. A couple of years ago we were at a bar that didn’t have Grey Goose, and the bartender recommended Tito’s. I hesitated, but eventually gave in and tried it. Now, Tito’s is on par with Goose for me.
The key ingredients for a Spicy Austin Mule are vodka, Ginger Beer, fresh lime juice and ice. Jalapeno makes it spicy, and mint adds more flavor
TYPES OF GINGER BEER FOR THE SPICY AUSTIN MULE
There are several brands of ginger beer, and you can also choose from alcoholic or non alcoholic. I know little to nothing about ginger beer, so I went to my local liquor store for help. Stillwater Wine & Spirits is awesome because it’s about 1/2 mile from my house, I’m friends with the owners, and the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. They recommended Crabbie’s Ginger Beer and, since they’ve never steered me wrong in the past, I went with it.
The Spicy Austin Mule is so simple to make:
- Add 2 ounce Tito’s Vodka and 4 ounces of Ginger Beer into a copper mug
- Fill mug with ice cubs
- Add fresh-squeezed lime juice and sliced jalapenos
- Garnish with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint
I took the Spicy Austin Mules to Michele’s house that evening, so my friends could taste-test my creation. They all agreed I went a little heavy on the vodka, but the drink got an overall thumbs-up. I impressed myself with my first Spicy Austin Mule. It’s not something I drink regularly, but I will definitely make it for friends.
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