Mexican Mule Cocktail

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PREP TIME 5 min

Cocktail Type

Tequila

Great for

Summer

Difficulty

Easy

Mexican Mule cocktail with fresh ginger in a copper mug

Calling all tequila lovers! If you love summertime tequila cocktails as much as we do, the Mexican Mule cocktail has your name written all over it. Made with tequila (sí, por favor!), zesty lime, and bubbly ginger beer, there’s a lot to love about this epic drink.  So, spice up your next garden party in style. 

In the wise words of Matthew McConaughey: “A little tequila, sunshine, and tacos never hurt anybody.”
We couldn’t have said it better! *Gush*

QUICK TIPS

01

If you don’t have copper mugs, don’t sweat it! Use highball glasses instead.

02

When choosing ginger beer, make sure you buy one that’s made with real ginger and has no sweeteners.

03

Leftover mint? Make some mint and lemon water and store it in your fridge for the ultimate summer refreshment.

INGREDIENTS

MAKE FOR

1 Person

2 Oz

60 Ml

2 Parts

0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

Fresh lime juice
4 Oz

120 Ml

4 Parts

Ginger beer
0.25 Oz

7.5 Ml

0.25 Parts

Simple syrup (optional)
Ice
Lime wheel to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

01

Pour the tequila, ginger beer, lime juice and simple syrup into a copper mug or highball glass 

02

Stir gently then top with ice  

03

Garnish with a slice of lime and serve 

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 a 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.   

If you’re looking for an awesome gift for your cocktail-loving friends, put these on the list, and be sure to check our guide to Christmas gifts for cocktail lovers.   

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. 

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