Sometimes I crave a color or a look in a cocktail and today’s Green Mule fits the bill as I’ve been wanting a bright green cocktail lately. Once again, I’m using a clear glass for the drink so you can see this vibrant green color, but if you prefer your mules in a copper mug, have at it!
When I build a cocktail by color I’m not neglecting flavors, rather I’m building with a different set of requirements. It still has be taste amazing, I’m just going for a particular look. In this case, it turned out far greener than I had hoped by using mango juice and a tiny bit of orange curacao.
As you can see, it turned out neon green, even with the addition of 100 proof bourbon to make this Kentucky Mule. So let’s talk flavors.
Since I was heading for a bright green color, I wanted to start with curacao and mango juice because together they’re a fabulous flavor combination – the orange and mango together – and they amped up the color nicely. Given the mango and sweet curacao, I built in a little sourness with some lime juice and topped that with bourbon in the glass. As always, a pour of ginger beer on top made the drink a true mule.
For garnish, I stuck with mint as I love that flavor with mango and it always matches well with lime. A fresh flower from the front garden gave the cocktail a contrasting color and a little height in the glass. I did use Fever Tree ginger beer as it has a slight yellow tinge and it’s a fantastic ginger beer for cocktails.
The Green Mule or Banner’s Mule
- 2 oz 100 proof bourbon
- 1 oz lime juice
- 2 oz mango nectar
- ½ oz blue curacao
- 2 to 4 ounces ginger beer
- Garnish: fresh mint and fresh flowers fresh flowers
- Combine bourbon, lime juice, mango nectar and curacao in a large rocks glass or mule mug. Stir to combine and add ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with fresh mint and a fresh flower or two.