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the Best Mexican Mule (aka Tequila Mule)

This Mexican Mule (aka Tequila Mule) is the easiest cocktail containing tequila, ginger beer and fresh lime juice. This tequila drink is based on the class Moscow mule, tasting light, refreshing and citrusy!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: 3-ingredient, lime, moscow mule, tequila
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Elise Shivamber


  • Cocktail Shaker


  • 2 OZ Tequila
  • 1 OZ Lime Juice (about 1 lime)
  • 6 OZ Ginger Beer


  • Add lime juice to a cocktail shaker. Add tequila and a few cubes of ice.
    2 OZ Tequila, 1 OZ Lime Juice
  • Shake cocktail shaker for 15-seconds, or until shaker feels frozen to the touch.
  • Strain tequila-lime mixture into a copper mug (or short glass) filled with fresh ice cubes.
  • Top with ginger beer.
    6 OZ Ginger Beer
  • Garnish with a lime slice or wheel and serve immediately.


Do you need a cocktail shaker? In terms of "cocktail rules," you should shake the lime juice and tequila in a shaker and then top with the ginger beer. If you do not have a shaker or don't want to spend the time shaking it, that's fine. Please note the cocktail will not taste the exact same as intended, but still great! NOTE: Never add a carbonated beverage to a cocktail shaker. 
A copper mug is highly recommended: A Moscow mule is often served in a tall copper mug. Is it required? Nope. You can use any highball glass, mug, or regular kitchen glass cup. 
If you have the option though, a copper mug definitely has its perks. A copper mug keeps the ginger beer cocktail colder and more fun! They’re very much worth the price!
Make it spicy: If you want a spicy version of this tequila mule, there are two options to do so. One option is to make a jalapeño-infused tequila, and the second option is to muddle jalapeños in the cocktail shaker prior to adding tequila and lime juice.
Quality tequila: Don’t underestimate a quality tequila for making any tequila cocktail. Because this mule recipe has such few ingredients, there’s not much to mask a low-quality tequila. I personally swear by Don Julio Blanco or Casamigos Blanco tequilas when purchasing for myself. This is not the time to use your top-shelf añejo tequila (like a Don Julio 1942), a blanco or reposado tequila in the $30-45 range is a great start.
Make it in a batch: To make a pitcher of this cocktail, simply double, triple, quadruple (etc) the recipe into a large pitcher. No need to shake each cocktail, mix all the ingredients together and serve over ice.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg