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Mexican Mule

Mexican Mule

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July 24, 2013


Emily Sundberg

A ginger and orange tequila cocktail

The agave plant used in tequila is produced in the highlands of Mexico, therefore to pay tribute to the spirit and country, Gemma at the Bowery Hotel has created a spin on traditional cocktail Moscow Mule and renamed it as the 'Mexican Mule'. Served in a similar copper mug to keep the concoction cooled, the difference is found in the ingredients, which is a substituted with tequila instead of vodka.

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Tequila Mule

The Tequila Mule (aka Mexican Mule) is a tequila, ginger beer and lime juice cocktail based on the classic and beloved Moscow Mule. It's perfectly balanced – sweet, citrusy, slightly spicy and fizzy – and so easy to make in less than 5 minutes!

Ingredients for Tequila Mule

As the name unequivocally suggests the alcoholic distilled beverage of choice is tequila and it works beautifully with craft brewed ginger beer. An infusion of lime juice brightens up the flavor profile with its playful mild acidity.

Both fresh lime and jalapeno are used as garnish in line with the Mexican theme. If we may suggest – ice cubes with bits of the two garnishes are very visually impactful and release the aromas of each in a more controlled manner.

Mexican Mule

This Mexican Mule puts a little spicy, herbal spin on the ever popular Moscow Mule. It provides a some heat from jalapeño and earthiness from cilantro, all balanced out with a bit of orange liqueur and ginger liqueur. If you love mule cocktails you’re gonna love this one!

I tasted this Mexican Mule for the first time at a Ketel One tasting demonstration at a local farmer’s market recently and absolutely fell in love with it. My friend and I immediately went home and fixed up a batch to try it out on our own. While I do love the traditional Moscow Mule with vodka, ginger beer and lime, every now and then I like to shake it up with different flavors like one of my favorites, a Watermelon Mule I made last summer. This spicier version was fantastic!

Typically, Mule cocktails are served in a copper mug. Not only are they pretty, but they keep the drink really cold. No worries if you don’t have a copper mug, just use a rocks glass. I only have one mug so any others I make have to be in a glass!

You can muddle the cilantro and jalapeño in the mug or glass but I prefer to muddle my ingredients in a cocktail shaker. I’m not a huge fan of too much “salad” in my drinks so straining the cocktail from the shaker to the glass works for me. If you want to really make sure there’s no bits and pieces in your drink, just double strain – pour from the shaker onto another fine mesh strainer and into the glass.

I think you will really like this Mexican Mule, hope you give it a try! Let me know if you do and what you think.


To make a Mexican Mule, you will need:

  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 6 ounces ginger beer
  • 1 fresh lime
  • 1 jalapeno (sliced)
  • 4 sprigs of cilantro

The original Moscow Mule calls for Smirnoff Vodka, but this one calls for silver tequila.

Silver tequila (alternately, blanco or white) is clear. It has been bottled immediately after being distilled and then aged less than two months. Tequila purchased in the United States is guaranteed to be 80-100 proof.

In lieu of ginger beer, you can use 3 ounces of seltzer water with our Moscow Mule Ginger Syrup, which is a careful small-batch blend of fresh ginger, cane sugar and lime juice.

Cilantro can be a hard sell for some people. Up to 21 percent of people think it tastes like dish soap — so if this is you, don’t fret — just leave it out of your drink!

Ginger Beer Mexican Mule Cocktail

Looking for a totally refreshing bubbly beverage? Pop open an ice-cold ginger beer, pour it over a tall glass of ice, and give it a squeeze of lime. Now stir in a shot of golden tequila that’s been lightly aged in an old whiskey barrel. Ta-da–the Mexican mule cocktail!

With gingery bite, tart citrus, and fermented agave fruit, Mexican mule cocktails have brilliant thirst-quenching flavor balance. Besides taste, they’re a cinch to make–in a matter of minutes you’re sipping down smooth and easy. Little wonder they’ve become my new favorite adult beverage.

Truthfully I’m not a huge cocktail kind of gal. That said, if I’m going to have something besides beer or wine, more than likely it will involve tequila, 100% agave. Give me a tart margarita, a mint-muddled tequila mojito, a straight up sip, or, of late, one of these Mexican tequila mules.

Now how does a cross between a boy donkey and girl horse inspire a cocktail? Rumor has it the liquid mule got its name from ginger beer’s fermented ginger kick.

The original drinkable mule is the Moscow mule, ginger beer mixed with vodka and lime. Go with bourbon, and you’d be having a Kentucky mule. My friend Jeff serves an extra-kicky mule made with smoky mescal and chile-spiced ginger beer—killer good.

This summer’s Mexican mule kick began when a girlfriend went ga-ga over the spicy taste of a locally-brewed ginger beer. Sharing her fervor, she gifted me with a straight-from-the-tap growler of her fave non-alcoholic ginger beer. Grateful, I thought, “Now what am I going to do with all this soda?”

Well, I love cold spicy ginger beer when it’s hot outside, and I’d read of Moscow mules–ginger beer with vodka. Lightbulb moment–why not a Mexican mule–tequila with ginger beer and lime juice would be delicious!! So, a growler of ginger beer, a bottle of 100% agave tequila, and many limes later—here we are—this for Mexican mule cocktail recipe!

Mexican Mule Cocktail recipe notes:

  • Ginger ale is basically ginger-flavored soda water and lacks the spicy bite of fermented ginger beer—don’t substitute ginger ale.
  • There are all kinds of excellent fizzy flavorful ginger beers out there. Reed’s Ginger Beer is one of my favorites. (I tried Trader Joe’s ginger beer but imho they’re too sweet and not fizzy enough to give a proper Mexican mule kick.) , resposado, añejo, and blanco, aging, and more.

Make it a fabulous weekend. Have yourself a tall glass of ginger beer and lime, with or without tequila!

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How to Make a Mexican Mule

Moscow mules have been all the rage but for me? I don’t like Vodka so I never hopped on that bandwagon. That is, until I decided to swap out the vodka for Tequila and BOOM a star was born! Mexican Mules are now in the house and I am OBSESSED.


I am not a cocktail drinker (usually just beer and wine) but first decided to try the swap at Luce, a local restaurant here in San Diego. I also asked for them to add some type of pepper to make it spicy. Immediately after my first sip I said… wow that’s pretty good! And the rest was history. I looked up exactly what they put in their regular mule, made my swaps and additions and tried to make it at home. The recipe below is my “perfected” version.


Good news for you, is that my Mexican Mules are SUPER EASY to make! All you need are the following ingredients and voila! you have yourself a tasty and refreshing cocktail!

  1. Jalapenos
  2. Limes
  3. Tequila Blanco
  4. Ginger Beer
  5. Angostura Aromatic Bitters
  6. Ice


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OK! so now that you have all the tools and supplies lets get this party started! You can follow the printable recipe below OR click here and watch my step by step YouTube Video (or scroll all the way at the bottom of this post)!

Most Moscow Mule recipes share three ingredients in common: Vodka, ginger beer and freshly squeezed lime juice.

Let&rsquos talk about them all and what you should use to make the BEST Moscow Mule imaginable!

What vodka should I use in a Moscow Mule?

Whenever making cocktails, I always, always, always suggest using a good quality liquor. The same goes for a vodka in this cocktail.

Tito&rsquos is our hands-down favorite. (Texas brands for the win!)

However, there are so many excellent quality vodkas out there that you probably have one hanging out in your home already, so use what you&rsquove got on hand, so long as it&rsquos a decent quality.

What ginger beer should I use in a Moscow Mule?

Ginger beer is integral to this classic vodka drink, and it&rsquos a piece of every riff I&rsquove ever seen on the classic drink, too.

Fun fact: Ginger beer isn&rsquot a beer in the sense that we think of beer. In fact, it&rsquos not considered an alcoholic beverage because there is so little alcohol present. Ginger beer is brewed like a kombucha, so there is a very small amount of alcohol present when all is said and done.

What brand is our favorite? Fever Tree, hands-down, because it&rsquos got a bit of spice to it.

What kind of lime juice should I use in a Moscow Mule?

I&rsquom of the mindset that you&rsquore going to need freshly squeezed lime juice. Which means you&rsquoll need to do it yourself or purchase freshly squeezed, cold press lime juice from the refrigerated section of your grocer&rsquos store. (You&rsquoll generally find the juices next to the pre-cut fruit.)

Please, please, please do not purchase the shelf-stable lime juice in a lime-shaped bottle. The taste of your cocktail will not be the same.

If you&rsquore going to juice the limes yourself, here are a few tips for doing that to get the most yield:

  • You&rsquoll get 1-2 oz. of juice per lime, depending on the size of the lime.
  • Room temperature limes will yield the most juice. If you keep yours in the fridge, pop the lime(s) into the microwave and nuke for 10-20 seconds. This will help get the juices running.
  • Use a citrus juicer or reamer (affiliate links) to get the most juice from your lime(s). I like to juice mine into a liquid measuring cup (affiliate link) that has a fine mesh strainer (affiliate link) fitted onto it to ensure no lime pulp or seeds make it into my final drink.

What ingredients do I need if I&rsquom going to make a twist on this classic vodka drink?

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Twists on Moscow Mules are so much fun and add some unique flavors in with the ginger-lime-vodka combination.

If you&rsquore making a twist, you&rsquoll likely need&hellip

If you&rsquore looking for some recipes for that, keep scrolling because I&rsquove listed every Mule we&rsquove ever made for this site!

Make My Mule a Mexican, Please

Here are three just-as-refreshing Texas takes on the classic cocktail, the Moscow Mule.

The ice cold Moscow Mule is suddenly pretty hot.

Traditionally served in beautiful copper mugs, the vodka and ginger beer-based cocktail has become a new favorite libation across the U.S.

This is evidenced, in part, by the rows of shiny copper mugs hanging behind the finest bars at hotels and restaurants everywhere. More notoriously, it’s evidenced by the increasing number of news stories about the same mugs, ahem, “walking away” with happy customers. As reported by Texas Monthly, the problem of pilfered Moscow Mule mugs became so prevalent for one Dallas bar that it had to hold an amnesty night: return their mug, no questions asked, and get a free drink.

Thankfully, you don’t have to steal in order to claim your own beautiful copper mug. And when the time comes for you to make your own Mule cocktail at home, we suggest you try one of these three “Texas” versions of the drink: the Mexican Mule, the Texas Mule, or the Mezcal Mule. All three are served in copper mugs, and include ginger beer and lime as staple ingredients.

Here are the recipes to get you started, beginning with the traditional Moscow Mule, for reference.

The Traditional Moscow Mule

2 oz. vodka
1 oz. lime juice
4 oz. ginger beer

Fill your copper mug with ice, add the vodka, then lime, and top off with the ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wheel.

The Mexican Mule

What makes a Mule “Mexican” is substituting the vodka with tequila. Otherwise, the recipe is essentially the same as its “Russian” counterpart:

2 oz. tequila
1 oz. lime juice
4 oz. ginger beer

Fill your copper Mule mug with ice, then add the tequila, lime juice, and finish with the ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wheel. Feel free to adjust the amounts of each ingredient to your taste some prefer a little more lime, and others prefer a little more tequila (careful, now!).

By definition, tequila only comes from Mexico. If you’re interested in having more of a Texas connection to your tequila, however, consider trying one of the following Mexican-made tequilas by Texas-based brands:

And to make your Mexican Mule even more Texan, we recommend you substitute your tequila with Railean El Perico, an excellent agave-based spirit that’s like tequila, but is Made in USA Certified by San Leon-based Railean Distillers.

The Texas Mule is characterized by use of a Texas-based vodka (see our list below), simple syrup, and muddled fresh jalapeño.

2 oz. Texas vodka
1 teaspoon simple syrup
1 oz. lime juice
Fresh muddle jalapeño
4 oz. ginger beer

Fill your copper mug with ice. Muddle the fresh jalapeño in a mixing glass and add the vodka, simple syrup, and lime juice. Shake with ice, then strain over ice into the copper mug. Top off with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wheel and a slice of jalapeño.

For your Texas Mule, try one of these Texas-based vodkas:

The Mezcal Mule is similar to a Mexican Mule, but instead of tequila it calls for mezcal, the smokier agave-based cousin of tequila. We recommend Texas-based Wahaka Mezcal.

*Be sure you buy ginger BEER, not ginger ALE (its milder, sweeter, more carbonated sister). If you’re new to ginger beer, know that, despite the name, there is no alcohol in it. The flavor will vary from brand to brand. Bundaberg is widely available and is one of my favorites.

•If you’d like a touch of heat in your Mexican mule, simply muddle a slice or two of jalapeño in the bottom of the mug with a splash of ginger beer before mixing the cocktail. Note that this will provide a light vegetal flavor as well.
•If you’d like to serve a crowd, you may scale the recipe up and make it a pitcher drink.
•If you’d like to prep ahead, combine everything but the ginger beer, adding that just before serving to make the most of the carbonation. That said, if you have leftover ginger beer, place the cap on top of the bottle and refrigerate. If you use it within two days, it will still make a very good drink

Mexican Mule

POUR first 3 ingredients into mug/glass & stir and briefly stir. Two-thirds fill glass with cubed ice. TOP with ginger beer and fill glass with a crown of crushed ice.

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