Easy Mexican Mule cocktail recipe
Tequila is the hero ingredient of this 3-ingredient drink. And while you can’t buy happiness, you can buy a decent tequila—and we think that’s basically the same thing. We chose Espolòn Tequila Blanco for our Mexican Mule cocktail because it’s unaged, agave-forward and bold. It also won’t break the bank, which is great if you’re looking for a budget-friendly drink for your Mexican fiesta. The ginger beer adds a lovely spicy touch that, when served on ice, is everything on a hot day.
Tequila and friends make the best blend. And speaking of great blends, mezcal will work just as well in this Mexican Mule cocktail recipe. So, go on and add some zing to taco Tuesday. You know you want to.
What’s the difference between and mule and a buck cocktail
If you know a thing or two about mules, you’ll know that this tequila version is a variation of the classic Moscow Mule. But what is a mule and a buck cocktail? They’re basically the same thing, so it’s easy to get confused.
Legend has it that buck cocktails were invented in the 1890s when someone added whiskey to a Horse’s Neck mocktail, made with ginger ale and lemon juice. The added liquor is said to have given this horse quite the kick (similar to a bucking horse), hence the name buck.
A mule is an alcoholic drink made with ginger beer, and lime juice. A buck cocktail is made with either ginger beer or ginger ale and citrus juice, and you can make a buck with any kind of liquor base, which makes a vodka-based Moscow Mule a type of buck cocktail.
There’s no doubt that the Moscow Mule is one of the most popular cocktails at the moment, so it makes sense that loads of exciting mule variations popping up all over the globe. From the French Mule, made with cognac and bitters, the bourbon-forward Kentucky Mule, and even a Mistletoe Mule for Christmas.
When it comes to buck cocktail variations, there are loads of options, too, and you can make them with vodka, Scotch whisky, bourbon, gin, and rum.
If this is your first rodeo into the refreshing world of mules and bucks, you’re in for quite a ride. So, get ready for a tasty summer.
Why are mules served in copper mugs?
These cocktails are all about cooling you down and the chill factor that mules deliver. When you serve icy drinks in copper mugs, it takes the meaning of ‘ice-cold’ to a whole new level. The copper keeps the drink cooler for longer—plus, they look really pretty. So pretty, in fact, that Hollywood fell in love with them in the 1940s.
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Is the Mexican Mule considered a highball cocktail?
A highball cocktail is a drink made with alcohol and a generous pour of a non-alcoholic mixer. So yes, the addition of ginger beer definitely makes the Mexican Mule a highball cocktail. And while we’re on the topic, learn more about the fascinating history of the highball and the different cocktails you can make at home.