Irish Mule

5 from 41 votes

St. Patrick’s Day just isn’t complete without this Irish Mule recipe. Ginger beer, Irish whiskey and lime juice make a perfect pairing. Sláinte! 

Irish mule recipe in a copper moscow mule mug

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and one thing is clear: You will need a cocktail to celebrate.

However, you will not find me out and about on St. Patrick’s Day.

I am not crazy about having a drink with everyone and their brother and best friend who is out on a bar crawl. That is so not my scene!

picture of Irish mules on green napkins and a green citrus juicer

Green might be my favorite color, but I sure don’t want to be pinched by strangers just because I’m not wearing it!

Instead, I’d rather have a few friends over for a movie or game night. The Boondock Saints, anyone?

Making an Irish-themed drink menu is a surefire way to enjoy the holiday. You could whip up a Chocolate Guinness Float for dessert, or get out the Irish whiskey.

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

What is Irish whiskey?

Irish whiskey is whiskey that’s made on the island of Ireland. That includes both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

To be considered Irish whiskey, the mash must include malted barley and may include unmalted cereal grains as well.

These combinations can result in four types of Irish whiskey: malt, pot still, grain and blended.

two irish mule cocktails in copper mugs

Some popular brands are Jameson, Bushmills and Tullamore D.E.W.

Irish whiskey is wonderful to sip neat or on the rocks, but it is a great cocktail ingredient as well.

I love it in this Irish mint julep recipe but I love it even more in the Irish mule.

picture of Irish mules on green napkins and a green citrus juicer

What is a mule cocktail?

Mule cocktails are always made with lime juice and ginger beer, but they can be made with various spirits.

It’s a versatile drink that anyone can love. Different spirits actually give each mule a different name!

The Moscow mule is the most well-known, made with vodka. A dark & stormy is made with rum. 

The yule mule is a holiday version made with cranberries and rosemary. (I also have an apple cider mule that’s fantastic in the fall!)

You can also customize mules with all kinds of different fruits!

My friend Erin makes a mean peach mule, but you can use just about any fruit, especially citrus like these kumquat mules

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What is an Irish mule?

An Irish mule is a type of mule cocktail made with Irish whiskey.

It’s refreshing and delicious, and would be so perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at home.

If you’re celebrating at home this year, give this recipe a try!

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

Irish Mule

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
 Ginger beer, Irish whiskey and lime juice make a perfect pairing.
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  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey such as Jameson
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • 4-6 ounces ginger beer
  • 1 lime wheel or lime wedge, for garnish


  • Fill a copper mule mug with crushed ice.
  • Top with Irish whiskey, lime juice and ginger beer.
  • Garnish with a lime wheel.

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nutrition information

Yield: 1 cocktail

amount per serving:

Serving: 8ounces Calories: 188kcal Carbohydrates: 13g Protein: 0.1g Fat: 0.02g Sodium: 9mg Potassium: 34mg Fiber: 0.3g Sugar: 11g Vitamin A: 14IU Vitamin C: 8mg Calcium: 9mg Iron: 0.3mg
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