Mule of the Week


The Italian Mule

Makes 1 cocktail


  • 2 oz vodka
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz Aperol
  • 2 oz ginger beer
  • Ginger candy and dehydrated orange wheel for garnish


Add vodka, fresh lime juice and Aperol to a copper mug. Fill mug to the top with ice and add ginger beer. Stir to combine. Thread three cubes of candied ginger onto a cocktail pick and quickly flame with a culinary torch. While ginger is still smoking, use it to give the cocktail another stir. Balance cocktail pick with grilled ginger on the edge of the copper mug and add the dehydrated orange wheel to the edge for garnish.

The Italian Moscow Mule - Mule of the Week


An Italian Twist

The Italian Mule served at Trattoria Vittoria in Santa Barbara, California is a unique twist on your average mule. The addition of Aperol gives the drink a hint of appetizing bitterness, while the grilled ginger garnish adds another, slightly smoky dimension that you don’t find in your average cocktail. And let’s not forget the dehydrated orange wedge, which is an ode to the fresh citrus that is abundant in Italy’s coastal cities. If you’re a fan of Europe’s tradition of aperitivos, this one’s for you!


The Italian Moscow Mule - Mule of the Week

The Italian Moscow Mule - Mule of the Week

The Italian Moscow Mule - Mule of the Week

The Italian Moscow Mule - Mule of the Week


About Trattoria Vittoria

If there’s one place to visit in Santa Barbara for true Italian cocktails AND food, it’s Trattoria Vittoria. Conveniently located downtown, this family-run restaurant is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Grab a seat at the bar to witness the best flair bartending in town, or pull up a chair in the main dining area and hunker down to a huge bowl of homemade pasta. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. The next time you’re looking for top-notch service, an exciting cocktail or a true Italian meal, Trattoria Vittoria is the place to be!