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Ginger beer and a turmeric simple syrup add spice to John's Mumbai Mule Cocktail, a riff on the classic Moscow Mule. 

"I kind of stole the name from one of [our] favorite Indian restaurants in New York City, GupShup," John says. "It's sort of like a Moscow Mule, but I added some Indian spices."

To make John's ginger-turmeric simple syrup, heat ½ cup water with ½ cup sugar in a small saucepot until sugar dissolves. Add a few slices of fresh ginger and turmeric root and let cool. Store in the fridge. 

Pair this cocktail with Rach's Indian-inspired Chicken + Apple Curry with Almond Rice Pilaf, Mint-Chili Raita, and Naan. Rach also likes to serve this drink with her Chickpea Curry.


  • 1 ½ ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • ½ ounce ginger-turmeric simple syrup, to taste
  • 3 to 4 ounces ginger beer or ginger ale
  • Thinly sliced lime, for garnish


Serves: 1


Add vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake and strain into an ice-filled copper mug. Top with ginger beer or ginger ale, stir gently, and garnish with lime.

Always drink responsibly.