Looking for a fun and flavorful variation of the classic Moscow Mule? Look no further than the Aperol Mule! This refreshing cocktail combines Aperol, lime juice, orange juice, ginger beer, and orange bitters for a delicious twist on a beloved classic cocktail.
If you enjoy this Aperol Mule recipe, be sure to check out some of my other Moscow Mule variations and Aperol cocktails like this Italian Mule with Amaretto, Aperol Negroni, or Paper Plane Cocktail.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Refreshing and easy: It’s a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail that’s perfect for any occasion.
- Unique flavor: The Aperol adds a unique and delicious new twist to the classic Moscow Mule. The combination of ginger beer, citrus juices, and orange bitters creates a complex and satisfying flavor profile.
- Low ABV cocktail: This Aperol Mule has a low alcohol content compared to other cocktails. This makes it a great choice for those who want to enjoy a drink without overdoing it.
What is a Mule Cocktail?
A mule cocktail is a type of mixed drink typically made with ginger beer, fresh lime juice, and vodka. The cocktail is traditionally served in copper mugs, which helps to keep the drink cold and is said to enhance the flavor of the ginger beer.
What is Aperol?
Aperol is an Italian liqueur made from gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona. It has a bright orange color and a unique bitter-sweet orange flavor that is both refreshing and complex. For more info on Aperol and how it compares to its Italian cousin, Campari, check out my post about Aperol vs. Campari.
- Aperol: Adds a bitter-sweet orange flavor and a beautiful orange color to the cocktail.
- Lime juice: Adds acidity and brightness to balance out the sweetness of the Aperol and ginger beer.
- Orange juice: Fresh orange juice adds sweetness and a subtle citrus flavor that compliments the Aperol’s bittersweet flavor.
- Ginger beer: Adds spice, sweetness, and effervescence to the cocktail. Make sure to use a quality ginger beer.
- Orange bitters: Using orange bitters adds a complex and aromatic flavor that ties all the ingredients together.
Step 1: Add the Aperol to a cocktail glass or copper mug.
Step 2: Add the lime juice.
Step 3: Add the orange juice.
Step 4: Top with ginger beer and a few dashes of orange bitters.
Step 5: Stir well, moving the cocktail spoon up and down to evenly distribute the flavors.
Step 6: Garnish with an orange slice, if desired.
- Use a copper mug to enhance the flavor of the ginger beer and keep the cocktail cold.
- Use spicy ginger beer instead of typical ginger ale to add more flavor and heat to the cocktail. See FAQ for specific brands of ginger beer that are perfect for this cocktail.
Substitutions and Variations
- Try different types of citrus juices in place of the lime and orange juice to create different flavor profiles, such as grapefruit juice or lemon juice.
- Try substituting Campari for Aperol for a more bitter and complex flavor profile.
What is the best way to drink Aperol?
Aperol has a bitter-sweet flavor with notes of orange, rhubarb, and herbs. It’s best enjoyed as an aperitif, either on its own with a splash of soda water, or in a cocktail like the Aperol Spritz or Aperol Mule.
Can I make a batch of Aperol Mules?
Yes, you can make a batch of Aperol Mules! Simply multiply the recipe by the number of servings you’d like to make and mix all the ingredients together in a pitcher or punch bowl. I’ve included measurements for 8 Aperol Mules in the notes section of the recipe.
Can I make a batch of Aperol Mules in advance?
Yes, you can make a batch of Aperol Mules up to 1 day in advance, but be sure to leave out the ginger beer until just before serving to ensure the cocktail stays fizzy and fresh.
How should I store Aperol?
Aperol should be stored in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. Once opened, it should be consumed within a few months for best flavor.
What ginger beer should I use?
For an Aperol Mule, use spicy ginger beer to add more flavor and heat to the cocktail. Some good options include Fever-Tree and Q Ginger Beer, which are my favorites.
Where can I buy orange bitters?
You can usually find orange bitters in the cocktail mixer section of the grocery store. Or, you can also find it on Amazon.
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Aperol Mule Cocktail Recipe
- 2 ounces Aperol
- ½ ounce lime juice
- ½ ounce orange juice
- 4-5 ounces ginger beer
- 3-4 dashes orange bitters
- Orange slice for garnish (optional)
- Add the Aperol, lime juice, and orange juice to a cocktail glass or copper mug.
- Top with ginger beer and orange bitters.
- Stir gently, moving the spoon up and down as you stir to evenly distribute the flavors.
- Garnish with an orange slice, if desired.
- 2 cups Aperol
- ½ cup lime juice
- ½ cup orange juice
- 4-5 cups ginger beer
- 25-30 dashes orange bitters
- Orange slices for garnish (optional)
- Add the aperol, lime juice, and orange juice to large pitcher or punch bowl.
- Top with ginger beer and orange bitters. Stir well.
- A batch can be made up to 1 day in advance but be sure to leave out the ginger beer until just before serving to ensure the cocktail stays fizzy and fresh.
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I love Aperol and Moscow Mules, so this was perfect for me!