Mexican Mule Cocktail Drink

Mexican Mule

This Mexican Mule recipe is your ticket to a delightful cocktail! It’s an easy-to-make drink, bursting with invigorating ingredients.

Mexican Mule Recipe

Spice up your winter with this simple Mexican Mule recipe! Crafted with Tequila, lime juice, and ginger beer, and a hint of jalapeno, this refreshing spicy cocktail is the perfect antidote to the cold.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

192 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 6 oz ginger beer, to top-up
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel or wedge, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Copper Mug or Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Mug: Fill your copper mug or highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Lime Juice: Squeeze and pour ½ oz fresh lime juice over the ice.
  • Add Tequila: Pour 2 oz Tequila into the mug.
  • Add Ginger Beer: Top up with about 6 oz ginger beer.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Place a lime wheel or wedge on the mug's rim for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you don't have Tequila, you can use vodka to make a classic Moscow Mule. If you’d like a smoky twist, Mezcal also works great in this recipe! (see “Mezcal Mule” cocktail).
  • Lime Juice: Bottled lime juice can work in a pinch if fresh limes aren't available, but fresh is always best. You could also try using fresh lemon juice for a different citrus twist.
  • Ginger Beer: If you're not fond of ginger beer's spiciness, you can substitute it with ginger ale. It's sweeter and less spicy but still gives that ginger flavor.

Making a Pitcher of Mexican Mule:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Tequila, 4 oz of lime juice, and 48 oz of ginger beer.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Tequila, lime juice, and ginger beer. Stir gently.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled copper mugs or highball glasses, garnish with a lime wheel or wedge, and serve immediately. Make sure to finish it within a few hours, while the ginger beer is still fizzy.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; several brands are available that mimic Tequila's flavor quite well. Otherwise, you can use fresh orange juice as a substitute. You can also try making your own substitute by mixing together water, a pinch of smoked salt, a splash of tonic and a bit of agave syrup (to taste).
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular ingredient, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Brands: Most tequilas are vegan, but some brands may use animal products in processing. Check Barnivore or similar resources to ensure your chosen brand is vegan-friendly.
  • Ginger Beer: Most ginger beers are vegan, but it's always best to check. Some brands might use honey or other animal-derived products.
  • Proceed As Usual: After ensuring your ingredients are vegan-friendly, follow the original steps to enjoy a delicious vegan Mexican Mule.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
192
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
13
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
16
g
5
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
15
g
17
%
Potassium
 
19
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
7
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
7
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.3
mg
2
%

 

Mexican Mule Cocktail Drink

Mexican Mule Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Spice up your winter with this simple Mexican Mule recipe! Crafted with Tequila, lime juice, and ginger beer, and a hint of jalapeno, this refreshing spicy cocktail is the perfect antidote to the cold.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 192

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 6 oz ginger beer - to top-up
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel or wedge - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Copper Mug or Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Mug: Fill your copper mug or highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Lime Juice: Squeeze and pour ½ oz fresh lime juice over the ice.
  • Add Tequila: Pour 2 oz Tequila into the mug.
  • Add Ginger Beer: Top up with about 6 oz ginger beer.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Place a lime wheel or wedge on the mug's rim for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you don't have Tequila, you can use vodka to make a classic Moscow Mule. If you’d like a smoky twist, Mezcal also works great in this recipe! (see “Mezcal Mule” cocktail).
  • Lime Juice: Bottled lime juice can work in a pinch if fresh limes aren't available, but fresh is always best. You could also try using fresh lemon juice for a different citrus twist.
  • Ginger Beer: If you're not fond of ginger beer's spiciness, you can substitute it with ginger ale. It's sweeter and less spicy but still gives that ginger flavor.

Making a Pitcher of Mexican Mule:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Tequila, 4 oz of lime juice, and 48 oz of ginger beer.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Tequila, lime juice, and ginger beer. Stir gently.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled copper mugs or highball glasses, garnish with a lime wheel or wedge, and serve immediately. Make sure to finish it within a few hours, while the ginger beer is still fizzy.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; several brands are available that mimic Tequila's flavor quite well. Otherwise, you can use fresh orange juice as a substitute. You can also try making your own substitute by mixing together water, a pinch of smoked salt, a splash of tonic and a bit of agave syrup (to taste).
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular ingredient, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Brands: Most tequilas are vegan, but some brands may use animal products in processing. Check Barnivore or similar resources to ensure your chosen brand is vegan-friendly.
  • Ginger Beer: Most ginger beers are vegan, but it's always best to check. Some brands might use honey or other animal-derived products.
  • Proceed As Usual: After ensuring your ingredients are vegan-friendly, follow the original steps to enjoy a delicious vegan Mexican Mule.

What is a Mexican Mule?

A Mexican Mule is a tequila-based cocktail made of Tequila, lime juice, and ginger beer. This drink is not complicated to make as it only requires these three ingredients and some simple mixing; no special bartending skills are needed. The Mexican Mule is a variant of the famous Moscow Mule, traditionally using vodka instead of Tequila. An interesting fact about this beverage is that despite its simplicity, the combination of flavors from the sharpness of lime, spiciness from ginger beer, and smoothness from Tequila creates a refreshing experience, making it popular among cocktail enthusiasts.

A side shot of a Mexican Mule cocktail in a highball glass on a white coaster placed on a white surface with a green-yellow placemat and surrounded by a green cloth, two limes, a jigger and a ginger beer bottle.

What is a Mexican Mule made of – The ingredients

These ingredients are essential for making a Mexican Mule:

  • Tequila: This is the base spirit of the Mexican Mule. It gives the cocktail its distinctive, robust flavor.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a tangy citrus note to balance out the strong taste of Tequila.
  • Ginger Beer: Gives the cocktail its signature spicy kick and effervescence.
  • Ice Cubes: Chill the drink and slightly dilute the strong flavors.

Tequila, ginger beer, lime juice and lime laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Mexican Mule?

With our simple instructions, you can learn to create a Mexican Mule:

1
<p>Start by filling a copper mug or a highball glass with ice cubes to chill it while you prepare the drink.</p>

Start by filling a copper mug or a highball glass with ice cubes to chill it while you prepare the drink.

2
<p>Take a lime and cut it into two halves. Squeeze the juice from one half. Once you have ½ of fresh lime juice, pour it into the glass.</p>

Take a lime and cut it into two halves. Squeeze the juice from one half. Once you have ½ of fresh lime juice, pour it into the glass.

3
<p>Add two ounces of Tequila into the glass. Make sure to measure it accurately to maintain the balance of flavors in the drink.</p>

Add two ounces of Tequila into the glass. Make sure to measure it accurately to maintain the balance of flavors in the drink.

4
<p>Top-up the drink with ginger beer (it should require approximately 4 to 6 ounces of ginger beer depending on the size of your glass). This will give your Mexican Mule its characteristic spicy kick.</p>

Top-up the drink with ginger beer (it should require approximately 4 to 6 ounces of ginger beer depending on the size of your glass). This will give your Mexican Mule its characteristic spicy kick.

5
<p>Stir the mixture gently with a long spoon or a cocktail stirrer. This will help combine the ingredients and ensure the flavors are evenly distributed throughout the drink.</p>

Stir the mixture gently with a long spoon or a cocktail stirrer. This will help combine the ingredients and ensure the flavors are evenly distributed throughout the drink.

6
<p>Take the remaining half of the lime, cut a thin slice or wedge for garnish, and drop it into the glass. Serve immediately.</p>

Take the remaining half of the lime, cut a thin slice or wedge for garnish, and drop it into the glass. Serve immediately.

Mexican Mule Variations

Want something similar? Try one of our variations:

  • Mezcal Mule: Mezcal adds a smoky depth to this mule, giving it a unique character. The smoky flavor mixes perfectly with the spicy ginger beer and tangy lime. I really enjoy the mezcal’s smokiness; it makes the drink more interesting and enjoyable.
  • Pineapple Mule: Pineapple juice brings a sweet and tangy tropical flavor to this mule. The brightness of the pineapple pairs wonderfully with the spicy kick of ginger beer, making it refreshing and lively.
  • Hibiscus Mule: Hibiscus flowers give this mule a floral and slightly tart twist, with a beautiful red color. The tangy hibiscus blends nicely with the spicy ginger beer, creating a drink that’s both pretty and tasty.
  • Mango Mule: Mango puree adds a rich, fruity sweetness to this mule, standing out against the spicy ginger beer. The mango’s creamy texture mixes smoothly, offering a tropical delight. I love the mango’s natural sweetness; it makes the drink delicious and exotic.
  • Blood Orange Mule: Blood orange juice adds a bold color and a unique citrusy sweetness, different from regular oranges. The slight bitterness of the blood orange balances the spicy ginger beer, giving it a bold and interesting taste.
  • Cucumber Mule: Fresh cucumber slices or juice add a crisp and cooling effect to this mule, making it extra refreshing. The cucumber’s subtle flavor goes well with the spicy ginger beer, creating a light and revitalizing drink.
  • Coconut Mule: Coconut cream or milk adds a creamy and tropical touch to this mule, giving it a smooth texture. The coconut’s sweetness matches well with the spicy ginger beer, resulting in a rich and exotic taste.

A Mexican Mule cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige table surrounded by Tequila, ginger beer, lime juice and two limes

History and Origin of the Mexican Mule

The Mexican Mule cocktail is a twist on the classic Moscow Mule.

The Moscow Mule came to life in the 1940s in Los Angeles, California. The story tells us that three friends – John Martin, Jack Morgan, and Rudolph Kunett – were trying to figure out what to do with their extra products. Martin had too much Smirnoff Vodka, Morgan couldn’t sell enough ginger beer at his Cock ‘n’ Bull pub, and Kunett had a lot of copper mugs left over from his business. They decided to mix their products and create a new drink. That’s how they made the Moscow Mule.

Years later, bartenders started playing around with this classic cocktail, which led to the creation of twists such as the Mexican Mule.

 

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Mexican Mule?
A standard serving of a Mexican Mule contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Mexican Mule cocktail?
The strength of a Mexican Mule largely depends on the amount of Tequila used. Typically, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 8-10%, translating to 16-20 proof. This makes it a relatively light cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Mexican Mule?
Tequila is the primary alcohol used in a Mexican Mule. It's what gives the drink its distinctive flavor and kick.
In what kind of glass is a Mexican Mule served?
Traditionally, a Mexican Mule is served in a copper mug. The mug helps keep the drink cold and enhances the overall drinking experience.
What does a Mexican Mule taste like?
A Mexican Mule offers a unique blend of flavors. The Tequila provides a smooth, slightly sweet base, while the ginger beer adds spiciness and effervescence. Lime juice brings acidity and freshness to balance out the drink.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Mexican Mule?
The typical ratio for a Mexican Mule is 4 parts tequila to 1 part lime juice, with ginger beer to top up (approx 10-12 parts). This creates a well-balanced cocktail that's not too strong or too sweet.
How is a Mexican Mule served with ice?
A Mexican Mule, often called "on the rocks," is usually served over ice. This helps keep the drink chilled and dilutes it slightly over time for more effortless sipping.

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