I stumbled across a recipe for a Melbourne Mule – a cocktail made with kiwi fruit and ginger beer – in the Nobu Miami cookbook, and it looked pretty interesting. I had never heard of it before, so asked an ex-South African now living in Melbourne if this was a big thing over there. Apparently it is not.


A quick Google and I landed on a little bike cafe in Melbourne, but no cocktail. You get a Moscow Mule, a Mexican Mule and even a Christmas Mule, but no Melbourne Mule. 

This is what Google said about a Mule (in general):

  1. mule cocktail
    Web definitions
    1. Buck, and also mule, are slightly antiquated names for a family of historic mixed drinks that involve ginger ale or ginger beer, citrus juice, and any of a number of base liquors. Variations include: ?Rum buck, also called a Jamaica buck or Barbados buck to indicate the origin of the rum. …


So I took the gap, and here goes. Maybe this will be the first Melbourne Mule on the interwebz. 

Kiwi’s are in session and I love to eat them straight out he skin with a spoon. They are packed with vitamins so this cocktail has some nutrition too. You have to balance things outright?

I used whole ice cubes instead of crushed. Crushed would definitely have been better. I should also have muddled the kiwi a bit more, I found the pieces were a little too big to suck through a straw.

I used rum as per the recipe but think tequila would work well too.

Recipe- makes 1 cocktail:

  • 1 kiwi fruit, peeled and cut up
  • 1 – 2 tots of white rum (however much you want to add)
  • dash of Angostura bitters
  • Ginger beer to top up the drink ( I used a good quality one)
  • crushed ice to fill the glass
  • orange peel to garnish

Muddle the kiwi fruit in a tall glass until its nice and smooth. Put the rum, bitters and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake.  Pour this over the fruit, mix and top up with ginger beer and more ice if necessary. Add the orange peel as garnish.


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  1. A Moscow Mule is made with vodka, ginger beer and a slice of cucmber or in the US a slice of lime or lemon. I prefer the cucumber because it gives a fresher taste.

  2. Sam

    Thanks Jen, neither had I and its rather refreshing. The ginger beer gives it a good bite too. 🙂

  3. I had a Melbourne Mule at The Merrywell in Melbourne over the weekend.. Not sure if they havent just renamed a Moscow mule a Melbourne one though as there wasnt a lot of difference that i could tell.. It was delicious either way!

  4. Sam

    Thanks Lizzie, so wish I was in Melbourne now for the food festival. Did yours have kiwi?


  5. Looks so refreshing! When you say “ginger beer”, is it literally a type of beer, or is it what we in the US call ginger ale? Ginger ale is not alcoholic at all, such as Vernor’s ginger ale.

  6. Sam

    Hi Kara ginger beer is ginger beer, and not ginger ale. Ginger ale is a clear ginger soft fizzy drink, different to ginger beer. Not sure if you get it is the USA. its a very English, South African, Australian thing. Ginger beer is a non alcoholic brewed product – i.e. made through fermentation. A quick google and you will find all your answers 🙂

  7. You were in Miami?

    Maybe it was named after Melbourne, Florida?

  8. Sam

    Hi Josh – it came out of a Miami cookbook – perhaps you are right.

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