Mezcal Mule Cocktail Drink

Mezcal Mule

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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In the mood for an exceptional cocktail? Look no further than this Mezcal Mule recipe! It’s a delicious drink, brimming with intriguing ingredients and so simple to make.

Mezcal Mule Recipe

Bring warmth to your fall with this uncomplicated Mezcal Mule recipe! It combines Mezcal, ginger beer, lime juice, and Angostura Bitters into a revitalizing cocktail for autumn nights.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

173 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Mezcal
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 3 oz Ginger Beer, to top-up
  • 2 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel, 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 Bitters: Pour 2 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters over the ice.
  • Add Lime Juice: Measure and pour ½ oz fresh lime juice into the glass.
  • Add Mezcal: Add 2 oz Mezcal into the mix.
  • Top-up with Ginger Beer: Fill up the glass with 3 oz Ginger Beer.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Place a lime wheel into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Mezcal: If you don't have Mezcal on hand, you can use tequila as a substitute. It won't have the same smoky flavor but will still make a tasty mule.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: In a pinch, bottled lime juice can work, but fresh is always best. If you're out of limes, try using lemon juice for a different twist.
  • Angostura bitters: any citrus bitters will be an interesting substitute. 
  • Ginger Beer: If you're not fond of ginger beer's spiciness, use ginger ale instead. It's sweeter and less spicy but still gives that ginger kick.

Making a Pitcher of Mezcal Mule:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Mezcal, 8 oz of fresh lime juice, 16 dashes of angostura bitters, and 24 oz of ginger beer.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Mezcal, lime juice, bitters and ginger beer. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled copper mugs or highball glasses, garnish with a lime wheel or mint sprig, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Mezcal Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic spirit that has a smoky flavor profile. Several brands on the market mimic the flavors of traditional spirits.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Mezcal, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

Good news! The Mezcal Mule is already vegan-friendly. Just check your ingredients' labels to ensure they don't contain any hidden animal products. Enjoy your cruelty-free cocktail!

Nutrition Facts

Calories
173
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
7
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
10
g
3
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Potassium
 
19
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
7
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
5
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Mezcal Mule Cocktail Drink

Mezcal Mule Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Bring warmth to your fall with this uncomplicated Mezcal Mule recipe! It combines Mezcal, ginger beer, lime juice, and Angostura Bitters into a revitalizing cocktail for autumn nights.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 173

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Mezcal
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 3 oz Ginger Beer - to top-up
  • 2 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel - 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 Bitters: Pour 2 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters over the ice.
  • Add Lime Juice: Measure and pour ½ oz fresh lime juice into the glass.
  • Add Mezcal: Add 2 oz Mezcal into the mix.
  • Top-up with Ginger Beer: Fill up the glass with 3 oz Ginger Beer.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Place a lime wheel into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Mezcal: If you don't have Mezcal on hand, you can use tequila as a substitute. It won't have the same smoky flavor but will still make a tasty mule.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: In a pinch, bottled lime juice can work, but fresh is always best. If you're out of limes, try using lemon juice for a different twist.
  • Angostura bitters: any citrus bitters will be an interesting substitute. 
  • Ginger Beer: If you're not fond of ginger beer's spiciness, use ginger ale instead. It's sweeter and less spicy but still gives that ginger kick.

Making a Pitcher of Mezcal Mule:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Mezcal, 8 oz of fresh lime juice, 16 dashes of angostura bitters, and 24 oz of ginger beer.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Mezcal, lime juice, bitters and ginger beer. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled copper mugs or highball glasses, garnish with a lime wheel or mint sprig, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Mezcal Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic spirit that has a smoky flavor profile. Several brands on the market mimic the flavors of traditional spirits.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Mezcal, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

Good news! The Mezcal Mule is already vegan-friendly. Just check your ingredients' labels to ensure they don't contain any hidden animal products. Enjoy your cruelty-free cocktail!

What is a Mezcal Mule?

A Mezcal Mule is a mezcal-based cocktail made of Mezcal, ginger beer, bitters and lime juice. This drink is relatively easy to make as it only requires mixing these ingredients over ice. The Mezcal Mule is an exciting variant of the well-known Moscow Mule, which traditionally uses vodka instead of Mezcal. What sets this cocktail apart from its original version is the use of Mezcal – a distilled alcoholic beverage from Mexico that imparts a unique smoky flavor to the drink.

A side shot of a Mezcal Mule cocktail in a highball glass on a yellow tray placed on a wooden table surrounded by three limes and a mixing glass with a bar spoon inside, in front of a blue background

What is a Mezcal Mule made of – The ingredients

For the creation of a Mezcal Mule, you will need these ingredients:

  • Mezcal: This is the star of the show. Mezcal is a smoky Mexican spirit made from agave. It gives the cocktail its distinctive, robust flavor.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice adds a tangy citrus note that balances out the smokiness of the Mezcal.
  • Angostura bitters: This ingredient donates complexity to the drink while working perfectly with the rest of the ingredients. 
  • Ginger Beer: This ingredient brings a spicy kick and effervescence to the drink, making it refreshing and lively.
  • Ice Cubes: These are essential for chilling the cocktail, making it more enjoyable to sip on hot days.

Mezcal, lime juice, ginger beer, Angostura aromatic bitters and lime laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Mezcal Mule?

Uncover the method of making a Mezcal Mule with our clear and concise guide:

1
<p>Start by filling a copper mug or a highball glass with ice to chill while you prepare the drink. This ensures that your Mezcal Mule stays cold for a longer period.</p>

Start by filling a copper mug or a highball glass with ice to chill while you prepare the drink. This ensures that your Mezcal Mule stays cold for a longer period.

2
<p>Drop two dashes of angostura bitters over the ice. This powerful and aromatic ingredient sets the foundation for the cocktail</p>

Drop two dashes of angostura bitters over the ice. This powerful and aromatic ingredient sets the foundation for the cocktail

3
<p>Add one ounce of fresh lime juice. The lime juice adds a tangy acidity that balances out the smokiness of the Mezcal.</p>

Add one ounce of fresh lime juice. The lime juice adds a tangy acidity that balances out the smokiness of the Mezcal.

4
<p>Pour two ounces of Mezcal into the glass. Mezcal is a smoky Mexican spirit that gives the Mezcal Mule its distinctive flavor.</p>

Pour two ounces of Mezcal into the glass. Mezcal is a smoky Mexican spirit that gives the Mezcal Mule its distinctive flavor.

5
<p>Top the drink off with about three ounces of ginger beer. The ginger beer adds a spicy kick and a bit of effervescence, making the Mezcal Mule refreshing and easy to drink.</p>

Top the drink off with about three ounces of ginger beer. The ginger beer adds a spicy kick and a bit of effervescence, making the Mezcal Mule refreshing and easy to drink.

6
<p>Stir the drink with a bar spoon.</p>

Stir the drink with a bar spoon.

7
<p>Garnish the drink with a lime wheel. The lime wheel adds a pop of color and a hint of extra flavor.</p>

Garnish the drink with a lime wheel. The lime wheel adds a pop of color and a hint of extra flavor.

History and Origin of the Mezcal Mule

The Mezcal Mule cocktail has an interesting story: a tasty mix of smoky Mezcal, tangy lime juice, and fiery ginger beer. This cool drink is a spin-off of the classic Moscow Mule, born in the United States in the 1940s.

John Martin bought the Smirnoff vodka company in the late 1930s. Americans didn’t know much about vodka back then and liked whiskey or gin more. Martin found it hard to sell his vodka once he met Jack Morgan. Morgan owned the Cock ‘n’ Bull pub in Los Angeles and had trouble selling his homemade ginger beer.

One day, they combined their products that weren’t selling – vodka and ginger beer – and added a bit of lime. They served it in a copper mug to make it look different. The result was the Moscow Mule, which became popular and helped make vodka well-liked in America.

Years later, bartenders started trying out different versions of this classic cocktail. One version is the Mezcal Mule. Instead of vodka, they used Mezcal – a type of alcohol from Mexico made from the agave plant.

Mezcal has a unique smoky flavor that makes it different from other spirits. When you mix it with lime juice and ginger beer and a touch of bitters, you get a refreshing cocktail with lots of flavors.

A Mezcal Mule cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Mezcal, lime juice, ginger beer, Angostura aromatic bitters and lime

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Mezcal Mule?
A standard version contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Mezcal Mule?
The strength depends on the alcohol content of the Mezcal used. Typically, Mezcal has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 40-55%, translating to 80-110 proof. Therefore, considering the dilution from other ingredients, a Mezcal Mule cocktail usually falls in the range of 15-20% ABV or 30-40 proof.
What type of alcohol is used in a Mezcal Mule?
As the name suggests, a Mezcal Mule uses Mezcal, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from any agave plant native to Mexico.
In what kind of glass is a Mezcal Mule served?
Traditionally, the cocktail is served in a copper mug to keep the drink cool and enhance its flavor. However, it can also be served in a highball glass or any other glass that can accommodate ice and the volume of the drink.
What does a Mezcal Mule taste like?
A Mezcal Mule offers a unique blend of flavors. The smoky and earthy notes of Mezcal are balanced by the sharpness of lime juice, the bitterness of angostura bitters, and the spiciness of ginger beer, resulting in a refreshing and complex cocktail.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Mezcal Mule?
The typical ratio for a Mezcal Mule is 2 oz Mezcal, ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice, 2 dashes Angostura Bitters, and Ginger Beer to top-up. This ratio ensures that the flavors are well-balanced but can be adjusted to personal preference.
How is a Mezcal Mule served?
A Mezcal Mule is usually served over ice or "on the rocks." This helps keep the drink cool and slightly dilutes the Mezcal, making it smoother.
Is it easy to make a Mezcal Mule at home?
Absolutely! Making the drink at home is quite simple. You only need Mezcal, ginger beer, lime juice, and ice. Mix them in the right proportions, serve in a copper mug or highball glass, and enjoy!
Is a Mezcal Mule similar to a Moscow Mule?
A Mezcal Mule is a variation of the Moscow Mule, where Mezcal replaces vodka. The smoky flavor of Mezcal gives this cocktail a unique twist compared to its vodka-based counterpart.
What food pairs well with a Mezcal Mule?
A Mezcal Mule's smoky and spicy flavors pair well with Mexican cuisine, like tacos or enchiladas. It also complements grilled meats and spicy dishes due to its refreshing qualities.

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