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If you like a Moscow mule, you will love this Mexican mule version. It's made with tequila, lime juice, and ginger beer for a refreshing cocktail. It's easy to make in just five minutes.
This tequila mule is one for the tequila enthusiast in your life, or if you're simply looking to switch it up from the traditional Moscow version. The flavors you know and love, like ginger beer and lime (and the copper mug) are all present in this cocktail variation. It's perfect for a summer afternoon or taco night!
What is a Mexican mule?
A Mexican mule is a version of a Moscow mule made with tequila instead of vodka. There is lots of fresh lime juice and it's sweetened with tasty ginger beer. It's nice to serve it in a traditional copper mug, but you can use any mug or glass that you have.
Does a Mexican mule taste different than a Moscow mule?
Since the main difference is in the spirit that you're using, that's essentially where the taste difference lies. A tequila mule, like this Mexican mule, will taste earthier than the vodka-based version.
The taste of the tequila will depend on a few things, such as the percentage of Blue Agave used. If you want to avoid that alcohol sting you get with some tequila and other spirits, look for an older (vs. younger) tequila. Typically, the less expensive the bottle of tequila, the younger it is and the more bite it will have.
What's ginger beer?
This Mexican mule recipe calls for ginger beer. If you've never sipped some ginger beer, you're in for a treat! Despite the name, ginger beer is usually non-alcoholic (but it's worth checking the label to be sure). That spicy ginger taste you get in a classic Moscow mule comes from the spicy ginger beer. It's both sweet and tangy and has a much stronger ginger flavor than ginger ale.
How to make a Mexican mule
One of the wonderful things about this tequila mule recipe is that it's super simple, doesn't require any special bar tools, and takes just 2 quick steps to make:
- Fill a glass with ice and then pour in some tequila and lime juice. Top with some ginger beer and then give your mule a stir.
- Garnish with lime wedges and enjoy!
Variations of a tequila mule to try
You can absolutely tailor this Mexican mule to your liking and try some of these variations:
- Sweeter: To give this tequila mule a sweet kick, you can add a splash of cranberry juice, honey, simple syrup, or triple sec.
- Spicier: To add a little spice to your cup, you can try adding jalapeño slices.
- Herbaceous: Fresh mint leaves are a great garnish next to your lime wheel or wedges.
Can you make a Moscow mule with tequila?
You sure can! A Mexican mule uses tequila instead of vodka and has a crisp, refreshing taste.
Can I substitute the ginger beer in a Mexican mule?
Ginger beer is the traditional ingredient used and will give the most intense ginger flavor. You can use ginger ale, but it will not taste as gingery.
Do I need to use a copper mug?
The copper mug is the traditional cup to serve a mule in, however, you don't need to use one. The copper mug option is great at keeping the cocktail chilled while you sip.
What type of tequila should I use?
We prefer to make this recipe using white tequila (blanco tequila) as it has the most neutral flavor. But if you'd like a stronger tequila taste, opt for reposado tequila.
How can I make this sweeter?
If you like a sweeter mule cocktail, try adding some orange liqueur such as triple sec or Cointreau. Or a little simple syrup works, too!
- 2 ounces white tequila
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 4 ounces ginger beer
- Lime slices (to serve)
- Fill a glass with ice and then add the tequila and lime juice. Top with some ginger beer and then give your mule a quick stir.2 ounces white tequila, 1 ounce lime juice, 4 ounces ginger beer
- Garnish with a few lime slices and serve right away.Lime slices
We have thoroughly tested this recipe for accuracy. However, individual results may vary. See our full recipe disclosure here.