Tequila Mule

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The classic Moscow Mule is made with lime, vodka, and ginger beer. It’s perfect for any occasion that demands a sweet gingery kick. The Tequila Mule is simply a Moscow Mule made with tequila. In my opinion, it’s way better thanks to tequila’s abundance of character.

Two Tequila Mule cocktails served in copper mugs garnished with mint leaves, a lime wheel, and candied ginger.

Brief History

Despite the name, the Moscow Mule is an American-born cocktail originating in Manhattan, NY in 1940. The cocktail was a collaboration between John G. Martin, Jack Morgan, and Rudolph Kunett, president of the Pierre Smirnoff.

Legend has it that the Moscow Mule was born out of necessity as vodka wasn’t a popular spirit in America. Martin had an abundance of Smirnoff vodka that he was struggling to sell, and Morgan had a surplus of ginger beer from his Cock ‘n’ Bull pub. The two joined forces to create a cocktail that would help both their businesses.

Why This Recipe Works

While I love a Moscow Mule, the fruity flavor of tequila is so much more complimentary to the cocktail. Tequila, lime, sugar, and ginger effortlessly jive to create a far superior cocktail! Make one and let me know what you think in the comments!

If you have an excess of mint growing in your backyard like I do, try the classic Mai Tai, whiskey smash, and classic Mojito recipe next.

Ingredients

Tequila Mule cocktail ingredients laid out on a wooden cutting board.
  • Ginger beer: ginger beer has a very strong and almost spicy ginger flavor. Believe it or not, there are two types of ginger beer: one is a non-alcoholic soda stocked at most grocery stores, and the other is a hard soda with alcohol. Crabbies is popular if you want a more potent cocktail. You can use either one.
  • Fresh lime juice: I always squeeze fresh lime juice when possible because it tastes the best. As a backup, I always have ReaLime 100% Lime Juice in the fridge.
  • Tequila: I like Milagro, Espolòn, Altos, Hornitos, Corralejo, Don Julio, and Teremana
  • Garnish: mint leaves, lime wheel, or candied ginger. These items are optional but add great aroma and subtle flavor. I love mint, but it’s optional with a Tequila Mule.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities below.

How to Make a Tequila Mule

Step 1.

Pour lime juice and tequila into a copper mug and fill with ice.

A double jigger pouring tequila into a copper mug.

Step 2.

Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint leaves if desired.

Pouring ginger beer into a copper mug with ice.
Stirring a Tequila Mule cocktail with with a long bar spoon.

Quick Tip

Slap a mint sprig on the back of your hand before garnishing: This method releases the oils and makes the mint more aromatic with every sip.

A Tequila Mule served in a copper mug garnished with mint leaves, a lime wheel, and candied ginger.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need A Copper Mug?

No. But they do make for better presentation and serve a purpose. The copper insulates the drink and keeps your Mules surprisingly chilled for much longer than glass. Copper mugs are inexpensive and can be purchased just about everywhere. Always hand wash for longevity.

Should I freeze my copper mugs?

I don’t think you need to. The mug will get very cold very quickly and keep your drink very chilled.

What Tequila do you recommend?

I like Milagro, Espolòn, Altos, Hornitos, Corralejo, Don Julio, and Teremana

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Tequila Mule Recipe

Servings: 1 cocktail
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
The tequila mule is simply a Moscow Mule made with tequila in place of vodka. In my opinion, it's way better thanks to tequila's abundance of character.

Ingredients 

  • 4 ounces ginger beer, alcoholic or non-alcoholic
  • 2 ounces tequila, vodka for classic variation
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Mint leaves, lime wedge, or candied ginger garnish
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Instructions 

  • Pour lime juice and tequila into a copper mug and fill with ice.
  • Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint leaves if desired.

Notes

Ginger beer comes in two forms. One is a non-alcoholic soda stocked at most grocery stores, and the other is a hard soda with alcohol. Crabbie’s is a popular spiked option if you want a more potent cocktail. You can use either one however non-alcoholic ginger beer is easier to find and likely more common.
Slap a mint sprig on the back of your hand before garnishing: This method releases the oils and makes the mint more aromatic with every sip.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 173kcalCarbohydrates: 11.1gProtein: 0.1gSodium: 9mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 10.1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
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My name is Shawn, author behind Kitchen Swagger. I'm a food & drink enthusiast bringing you my own simple and delicious restaurant-inspired recipes.

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