Grapefruit Smoked Salt London Mule – A Gin Cocktail

Grapefruit Smoked Salt London Mule

Check out this great twist on the classic London Mule – we smoked some salt for the rim, and added some great citrus for this great grapefruit gin mule cocktail!

 

 

 

With the long dark nights of winter upon us, we are always looking for ways to bring a splash of sunshine into our lives. One way we love to do that is to use some of the amazing fresh citrus that starts appearing on supermarket shelves in the winter months. Fresh citrus evokes feelings of warm climates and bright sunshine, and that brightness makes for some fantastic cocktails like this drink, The Grapefruit Smoked Salt London Mule.

 

 

 

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Grapefruit Smoked Salt London Mule in copper mugs, grapefruit wedges with ginger and salt rims. Reamer, flowers, wooden bowl and yellow canister

 

 

 

London Mule

Most people think of a Moscow Mules as a summer drink as it is full of fizz and ice. We love a good mule anytime of the year. For this drink, we decided to substitute a good gin in place of the classic vodka that is typically found in a Moscow Mule, which makes this mule a London Mule.

 

 

 

 

 

We also chose a gin that had some bold flavor so it could stand up to the big flavors we used to mix up this drink.

 

 

 

 

Grapefruit Smoked Salt London Mule with salt rimmed mugs, grapefruit wedges and ginger. Salt in wooden bowl, jigger and reamer and flowers

Garnish PicksWooden Bowl / Reamer

 

 

 

We love the way grapefruit and gin play together. Because of the bright acidic tartness grapefruit brings out the herbal and citrus notes of the gin. The grapefruit also has a hint of an evergreen aroma that really mixes well with the juniper in the gin. Then this makes for a great perfume that teases the nose, especially when we add in the smoked salt. Since a good cocktail experience should engage more than just your taste buds, having a fantastic aroma really engages your senses when you drink it.

 

 

 

Grapefruit Smoked Salt London Mule in copper mugh with grapefruit wedge and ginger. Yellow canister in background

Jigger / Crystallized Ginger

 

 

Tips for Grapefruit in Cocktails

Grapefruit can be somewhat bitter because it is extremely acidic. Most people dump a whole bunch of sugar to help make it sweeter. However, rather than dump a whole bunch of sugar, if you sprinkle a little salt into the mix, the bitterness goes away! Hooray for science! Channeling our inner nerds just a bit, the salt ions interact with your taste buds and blocks the bitter notes which makes the grapefruit sweeter.

 

 

 

Grapefruit Smoked Salt London Mule with crystallized ginger and grapefruit wedges

 

 

 

While adding a little plain salt would have worked for blocking the bitterness of the grapefruit, we wanted to really bring more flavor to the drink. We then went ahead and smoked the salt. Store bought smoked salt would work perfectly fine, but since we got a smoking gun for Christmas, we had to play with our new toy! We chose to smoke our salt with hickory wood. It is a very familiar smoke flavor and a wood that makes for a nice lingering smoke.

 

 

 

Grapefruit Smoked Salt London Mule in copper mugs with ginger and grapefruit

 

 

 

We used the salt to rim the mule mugs. Rimming the mugs serves two purposes, not only serving as an attractive garnish, but also bringing the smoked salt right up to the nose when you sip. The smoked salt helps bring balance to the bitterness of the grapefruit, but also brings another layer of flavor to the drink.

 

 

 

Grapefruit Smoked Salt London Mule in mugs with salt rims, grapefruit slices.

 

 

 

Any mule has to be finished with ginger beer, which brings a great spicy warmth to the mule while adding a refreshingly crisp fizz. When combined with the salt, grapefruit and gin, the ginger beer finishes the drink with a perfect fizzy freshness.

 

 

 

Grapefruit Smoked Salt London Mule in coppet mug with grapefruit, flowers and yellow canister

 

 

 

Give our Grapefruit Smoked Salt London Mule a try and help chase those cold dark winter nights away! Interested in some other mules? Check out some of our other great variations here!

 

 

 

Cheers!

 

 

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Spicy Pineapple Strawberry Moscow Mule

 

 

 

Other London Mule Recipes

London Mule – Liquor.com

Gin Mule – Home Sweet Jones

Sparkling Grapefruit Gin Mule – Whitney Bond

Apple Gin Mule – Jennifer Meyering

Gin & Ginger Kombucha Mules – Popular Paleo

 

 

 

Yield: 1

Grapefuit Smoked Salt London Mule - A Gin Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
A smoky grapefruit gin cocktail - based on the classic Moscow Mule.

Ingredients

  • 3.5 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, strained
  • 2 oz gin
  • grapefruit wedge for garnish/rimming
  • smoked salt for the rim
  • 4-5 oz ginger beer
  • .50 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

Instructions

Use a grapefruit wedge and wipe the rim of the mug or rocks glass with the wedge to wet the rim.

Dip in the smoked salt to rim the mug.

Mix the gin and juices in mug.

Fill the glass with crushed ice.

Top with ginger beer.

Cheers!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223 Total Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 9mg Carbohydrates: 19.2g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 17g Protein: 0.7g

 

 

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39 thoughts on “Grapefruit Smoked Salt London Mule – A Gin Cocktail

  1. Ok, so I’m kinda of dork! Lol! I’ve heard of a Moscow Mule but not a London Mule. Regardless, it looks and sounds delicious!!

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