Mexican Mule

Tequila is the star of the Mexican Mule. Ginger beer, lime and your favorite mezcal come together beautifully in this easy sipper.

Irish mule recipe in a copper moscow mule mug

Here’s another ginger beer cocktail for your Friday.

Ginger beer, if you didn’t know by now, is one of my favorite cocktail mixers — if not my only favorite cocktail mixer.

It’s a spicy and refreshing carbonated soda, and actually — it’s a non-alcoholic mixer even though it’s called a “beer.” It’s more like a ginger root beer.

two irish mule cocktails in copper mugs

Mexican Mule recipe

Ginger beer is the star of the classic Moscow mule, which traditionally mixes vodka with lime juice and ginger beer. It’s fantastic.

The Mexican Mule, on the other hand, uses tequila instead. It’s gingery, citrusy and spicy — everything it should be.

photo of Irish mule cocktails top-down

What kind of tequila should you use?

My suggestion is always to use the best tequila you can afford. But you still have some options.

First, there’s blanco AKA silver tequila. It’s the most common type of tequila, and it’s often used for mixed drinks, like margaritas. Clear and colorless, it is unaged and stored in stainless steel tanks while it rests.

Then there’s an upgrade called reposado tequila. It gets its name from the word for ‘rested’ in Spanish because it is aged in oak barrels for between two months and one year.

The aging process gives it some of the oak’s coloration and flavor, though additional coloring and flavoring are sometimes added.

You can also use reposado tequila for cocktails, and the oaky flavor will give your Mexican mule an extra layer of flavor, not unlike a Kentucky Mule which is made with bourbon.

For something spicier, I recommend trying a Mexican Mule made with this spicy jalapeño-infused tequila.

photo of Irish mule cocktails top-down

Next time you’re considering a Moscow Mule, mix it up with tequila instead. It’s the perfect fit if you’re looking for a tequila drink that’s not a margarita.

It’s a lovely drink for springtime or sipping on the beach.

Try it at your next taco night or ask your bartender to make you one of these instead of its vodka cousin next time you’re out. There’s no bad time to try a Mexican Mule, if you ask me.

Check out these tequila recipes and tips. Heaven forbid you run out of ideas for tequila any time soon! // susannah

Irish mule recipe in a mule mug on a green cloth napkin

Mexican Mule

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A tequila twist on everyone's favorite lime & ginger beer sipper


  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice (about half a lime)
  • 2 ounces tequila or mezcal
  • 4-6 ounces ginger beer, chilled
  • dash orange bitters
  • lime slices, for garnish


  1. Fill a Collins glass or a Moscow Mule mug with ice. Squeeze lime juice into the glass and drop in the spent shell.
  2. Then, pour in the tequila and top with ginger beer. Add a dash of orange bitters. Stir gently. Garnish with another lime slice, if desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 cocktail
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 324Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 1g

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  1. Anne @ Unique Gifter says

    Happy Friday!
    I had forgotten, but I actually have some ginger beer in the fridge, after a friend said she would try to stump us with something like ginger beer… she never did drink it when she came over!

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