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THE HENRY’S SWING CLUB: MEZCAL MULE

THE HENRY'S SWING CLUB MOSCOW MULE • CHICAGO
(THE HENRY’S SWING CLUB MOSCOW MULE • CHICAGO)

THE HENRY’S SWING: MEZCAL CLUB MULE

My first sip of this mule had KICK! I am thoroughly impressed with this intimate bar’s “Mezcal Mule.” I always say: “ginger beer makes the mule,” and his mule was made with Vida Mezcal, Ginger Syrup, and Lime. I’d love to know what kind. Either way they didn’t skimp on the ginger.

 The punch is powerful, and I requested my second mule with Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

This was an end-of-the-night mule and I was pleased with the flavor of both. After a long day of lounge hopping and catching up with brilliant friends, the pleasure was all mine to conclude the night at almost 2AM with a new mule. The Mezcal Mule was served in a nice, tall glass. It was different because their choice of ginger had serious kick. Spicy! This conveyed a bold statement about a badass bar. The venue was pretty large, and the atmosphere was exciting and extremely dim-light/ tolerably dark.

This Henry’s Swing Club Mezcal Mule was a total delight and receives 3.9 stars with one star deducted- because of the missing copper cup (the Metropolitan Mule Golden Rule). The environment was completely original. Very edgy, yet classy and a bit luxurious all at the same time. A great place for late night talking with friends or badass networking and drinking. I highly recommend their house mule. I also encourage you to check out the environment at this bar. The atmosphere, for lack of a better word, is just cool. You’re bound to have a good time, socialize, and enjoy very well crafted cocktails and beverages.


FOOD: 4/5 STARS
SETTING: 4/5 STARS
DRINKS 4/5 STARS
MEZCAL MULE @HenrysSwingClub(3.9 STARS)
{THIS MULE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED}

THE SIENA TAVERN MULE (CHICAGO)

(THE SIENA TAVERN MULE • CHICAGO)
(THE SIENA TAVERN MULE • CHICAGO)

THE SIENA TAVERN MULE

My first sip of this mule was slightly less than absolutely delightful. I specifically notified the waitress that I would be reviewing this cocktail online. Mostly I tasted the lime. I couldn’t taste the liquor, nor the ginger beer, but I can tell it’s there.

This mule was prepared icy cold- just how we love it. The Siena Tavern Mule also comes in the proper copper cup! Thank gosh because that would have been an automatic point off. The copper cup honestly saved my experience. I appreciate the chilled cocktails so much more when there is a freezing cold cup of copper containing ice and the mixed ingredients. 

This mule is easily a near-4-star experience. It’s refreshing cold, and I even felt a solid enough buzz afterward. The cup is probably only 8oz which made this a very short drink with ice included. You’ll need another one rather quickly to fulfill your desires for the night.

Siena Tavern Chicago is a very open environment with a close-knit feeling to it. The menu selection is very simple and suiting to the atmosphere. Come here to have a good time and speak loudly. Even on a quiet Monday evening this place is bold and alive with social interaction. On the right night you can catch the place packed to capacity.

The Siena Tavern Mule is a classic. Though I found the flavor a little boring, the copper cup and chilled-to-serve preparation of this mule delighted me. I highly recommend the Siena Tavern mule for a good night out. Drink 3 of these and you’ll be happy you ordered it.

The Siena Tavern Mule gets 3.2 stars. This mule was properly served in the Moscow Mule traditional copper cup.


FOOD: 3.6/5 STARS
SETTING: 4/5 STARS
DRINKS 3.5/5 STARS
DEVON MULE @SienaTavern: (3.2 STARS)
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NEW GRAND LUX CAFÉ STRAWBERRY MULE

(THE NEW, GRAND LUX CAFÉ STRAWBERRY MULE • CHICAGO)
(THE NEW, GRAND LUX CAFÉ STRAWBERRY MULE • CHICAGO)

THE NEW, GRAND LUX CAFÉ STRAWBERRY MULE

The Grand Lux Cafe has a new spin on the Moscow Mule that they will be adding to the menu very soon. The Metropolitan Mule got to try it first!

My first sip of this beauty was one to remember! A new flavor that tastes absolutely splendid. Our co-founder tried a mule topped with an orange the other day and he said that at first sight, he was disturbed. His mule turned out to be too sweet.

The Grand Lux Strawberry Mule is an avant garde cocktail that could easily be imitated and even poorly prepared by imitators, but the mixologists here knew what they are doing. My Grand Lux Strawberry Mule was sweet enough for the ladies, but probably needs more liquor for the men. The Moscow Mule is generally supposed to be a powerful drink. No matter what you believe- a good mule is always prepared with kick! (A good buzz should hit you halfway through). I only noticed a microscopic buzz after finishing my first mule. My second mule tasted just as sweet, but this time it was perfect! I made a comment about the liquor content and the mixologist prepared another. These refinements were perfect. The liquor balanced out the taste to add the real kick to both the flavor and the feeling!

The Grand Lux Strawberry Mule compliments most all of your desired cuisine choices and is prepared with kettle one vodka and strawberry purine. This mule is served with a strawberry instead of a lime and has an original taste like no other Moscow Mule or cocktail that I have ever tasted. The drink is extremely fruity and served with regular ice. The recipe wasn’t disclosed entirely to us, but I can taste that this is a traditional mule in-essence. The mule is is officially available on the Grand Lux Cafe (Chicago) menu November 3rd, 2014.

This mule is a 3.9/5 Stars!

We took one point off entirely for the missing copper cup. If the Grand Lux Cafe wants to be ahead of the game and premiere a super-star Moscow Mule, then they need the copper cups to refine the absolute taste of this alcoholic beverage. We can’t stress it enough how important the copper cups are to serve your Moscow mule! The copper cups add value, luxury, coldness, and purer flavor.


FOOD: 5/5 STARS
SETTING: 5/5 STARS
DRINKS: 4/5 STARS
GRAND LUX CAFÉ STRAWBERRY MULE (3.9 STARS)
{THIS MULE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED}

THE DEVON SEAFOOD MULE

DEVON SEAFOOD GRILL
MOSCOW MULE (AT DEVON SEAFOOD & GRILL)

THE DEVON SEAFOOD GRILL MULE

On a cloudy brisk Chicago evening I ventured to a low key but surprisingly amazing seafood restaurant called Devon Seafood Grill in Chicago’s Gold Coast. As my group and I were first seated, our lovely waitress brought the most delicious Butter Bay Biscuits that I’ve ever had. The pleasant waitress asked me if I wanted a drink so I asked her if she so happened have a house Moscow Mule. She replied, “yes of course let me bring one out to you.”

I was pleasantly surprised to see it arrive in a “Tito’s Handmade Vodka” copper cup! Major kudos to Devon for that additional touch of luxury. We love the copper cup. We believe the copper cup drastically affects the taste of the cocktail. This is one of the best mules I have ever tasted.

My first sip was like a interstellar-space-take-off, and I thought to myself: “what an absolutely amazingly crafted beverage.” The lime, garnish, ginger beer, and vodka was an absolutely enchanting combination. Along with the astonishing array of delicious seafood the Devon Mule felt like more of a fine wine that complemented the food, setting off fireworks for my pallet. I give the (@DevonSeafood) Devon Mule a 4.5 star-rating out of five stars.


FOOD: 5/5 STARS
SETTING: 4/5 STARS
DRINKS 4.5/5 STARS
DEVON MULE @DevonChicago: (4.5 STARS)
{THIS MULE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED}