The Roman Mule

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The classic mule gets an Italian makeover for summer with the addition of a basil-infused simple syrup.

I’m a huge fan of the Moscow Mule and it’s super refreshing taste makes it the perfect summer cocktail. If you’ve been following along on the blog for a while, you know I am a fan of re-creating the classic with seasonal flavors (example one here and two here).I’m trying my hand at this again for summer by creating what I’m calling the Roman Mule.

The Roman Mule is the Italian cousin of your favorite classic mule. The addition of basil leaves and a basil infused simple syrup makes it an even more refreshing version of the original that’s perfect for summer. With the abundance of basil this time of year, it’s pretty much the ideal cocktail to drink on a summer weekend (or weeknight for that matter).

This past week MJD and I finally had some of our furniture delivered including our kitchen table (sneak peek above!). This definitely called for a celebration! I whipped up a few of my Roman Mules, paired them with some easy snacks (tomato, mozzarella and basil skewers) and a delish dinner for our first meal at our new table.That followed by the first episode of The Night Of made for an awesome date night in 🙂

Are you a fan of the mule like I am?

xoxo, Jenna

You’ll Need:

Makes one cocktail

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 5 ounces ginger beer
  • 1 ounce basil simple syrup:
    • 1/2 of a cup water
    • 1/2 of a cup sugar
    • 1/2 of a cup fresh basil leaves
  • Ice
  • Basil to garnish

To Make:

Add water, sugar and basil leaves to a pot and bring to a boil. Boil for a few minutes and then remove from heat. Let cool completely.

In a glass (or copper mug) filled with ice, combine vodka, ginger beer and simple syrup.

Add basil to garnish.

Serve and enjoy!


  1. July 29, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    I’m a major mule favorite!!! I’ll have to try this recipe, sounds delish 🙂


  2. sarah
    July 29, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    I am def going to have to try making this drink! It looks super refreshing 🙂 Yay for the weekend… time to get my drink on!
    Sarah Lindner

  3. July 31, 2016 / 10:30 am

    So trying this cocktail! Love it but I’ll make it with stevia since sugar and me aren’t friends! Xo C

    • August 1, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks Courtney! Let me know how it works with Stevia- I am sure it will be just great 🙂

  4. August 4, 2016 / 7:56 am

    Love the sunflowers! They have been gracing our counter recently too. 🙂

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