Moscow Mule With Tequila

Moscow Mule With Tequila

The traditional Moscow Mule is made with vodka, lime juice and ginger beer. Over the years, people experimented with different liquors that can be used to make the cocktail. Presently, there are 16 variations of Moscow Mule depending on the liquors used to make it. Not to mention the number of variations based on the additional ingredients and garnishes. 

Go through our full list of 21 amazing Moscow Mule cocktail recipes.

The Mexican Mule is no different. It is a Moscow Mule made with tequila. It has more ingredients than the classic Moscow Mule because aside from the tequila used in place of the vodka, it also has orange liqueur and jalapeño slices for that authentic Mexican taste. 

Nutritional Guidelines Per Serving

Calories - 180

Calories from fat - 0 0 %DV*

Sodium - 8 mg 0 %DV

Carbohydrates - 12 g 4 %DV

Fiber - 2 g 4 %DV

Sugar - 10 g 11 %DV

*Note: Percent Daily Values are based in a 2000-calorie diet 

Tools Required To Make The Drink

  • Copper mug - best bar glass to use in serving the Moscow Mule
  • Jigger - a bar tool used to measure the ingredients for cocktails
  • Boston shaker - a bar tool composed of two tins, or a glass and a tin part, used to shake and chill cocktail ingredients

Ingredients Required With Measurement

  • 2 oz Tequila blanco
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz Lime juice
  • 8 oz Ginger beer
  • Lemon wheel
  • Jalapeno slices
  • Mint sprigs

Steps To Make

  1. Fill a copper mug with ice.
  2. Pour the vodka, lemon juice and Cointreau. Stir.
  3. Top with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with lemon wheel, jalapeno slices and mint sprig. 

Recipe Variations 

Jalisco Mule

Jalisco Mule is a simpler version of the Mexican Mule. It just demands a specific tequila brand because this version was specifically created for Patron Tequila.  


  • 2 oz Patrón Silver
  • 3 oz Fever-Tree Ginger Beer
  • .5 oz Lime juice
  • Lime wedge for garnish
  • Candied ginger for garnish

Steps to make

  1. Combine Patrón Silver and lime juice in a chilled mule mug filled with crushed ice.
  2. Top with ginger beer and stir.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge and candied ginger.

Smoking Gun Tequila Mule

Mexicans were granted a constitutional right to carry guns in the late 19th century. Guns played a huge role in the fight for independence of the Mexican people. However, in 1960 the lawmakers deemed it necessary to amend the constitution and limit the possession of guns to those in the armed forces. 

Enjoy the smoky goodness of this cocktail which pays homage to the gun-toting Mexicans. The smoke depicts the smoke that comes out from the old powder guns after it was fired. 


  • 2 oz. Don Fermin Reposado
  • ¾ oz. fresh Ginger Syrup
  • 1 whole lime juiced
  • ¼ oz. simple syrup
  • 3 dashes angostura bitters
  • 3 drops saline solution
  • Smoked cherrywood

Steps to make

  1. Using a funnel, pour in some Reposado tequila into a bottle or container, light some smoked cherrywood, and enclose it with the tequila. Set aside. 
  2. In a glass, squeeze some lime juice, add some ginger syrup and simple syrup, angostura bitters, saline solution, and pour in the smoked tequila. 
  3. Make a saline solution by mixing 20 grams of salt in 2.7 oz. of water. Store it in a closed container to avoid the salt from evaporating. The solution balances the bitterness in the cocktail. 
  4. Add ice and shake well. 
  5. Top with soda water, crushed ice, mint, and garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel.

DIY Mexican Mule

Obviously, this Mexican Mule was created by someone innovative enough to incorporate herbs into the cocktail, almost as they make the Mojito. Only, this uses cilantro. The cilantro beautifully complements the citrusy flavor of the lime. 

If you're looking for a cleaner finish, use a cocktail shaker to muddle and mix. Then drain over ice and top with ginger beer.


Steps to make

  1. Muddle lime and cilantro.
  2. Add ice
  3. Add vodka.
  4. Top with the Gosling's ginger beer.
  5. Garnish with a jalapeño.

Bundaberg Avion Mule

This Mexican Mule demands the specific ingredients to make it. Otherwise, it is just basically the same with the classic Moscow Mule in that it does not have the orange liqueur and jalapeños.


Steps to make

  1. In a separate glass, muddle sliced ginger with a little vodka.
  2. Strain into a whiskey glass
  3. Pour in all the rest of the ingredients. 
  4. Add ice and stir.
  5. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Watermelon Mule Drink

The combination of the watermelon and the raspberries makes this Mexican Mule more refreshing and delicious. 


  • 1 ½ oz Patrón Silver
  • 3 oz watermelon juice
  • 4 oz Fever-Tree Ginger Beer
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • 6 raspberries, 2 for garnish
  • Mint sprig for garnish


  1. Make watermelon juice by adding fresh watermelon to a .blender.
  2. Blend thoroughly and then strain into a pitcher.
  3. In a shaker tin, muddle six raspberries by gently pressing them.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients except the ginger beer to the shaker tin.
  5. Add ice and shake vigorously to combine and chill.
  6. Garnish with a mint sprig and raspberries.

Mezcal Mule

Mezcal is another Mexican liquor that is made with agave. However, unlike tequila which is made only with blue agave and in selected areas only of Mexico, the mezcal is a more generic liquor that can be made from any kind of agave and can be made anywhere in Mexico for that matter. 


Steps to make

  1. Muddle the cucumber with the lime juice. 
  2. Strain into a serving glass. 
  3. Add the mezcal, passion fruit juice, and agave nectar. Stir.
  4. Top with ginger beer. 
  5. Add ice and serve garnished with a long strip of cucumber, rolled and skewered. 

Jalapeño Basil Mexican Mule

Take your Mexican Mule to another level by adding basil leaves. Orange liqueur was not added but muddling the basil and jalapeno gives it a more interesting flavor profile.


Steps to make

  1. Muddle together the jalapeño peppers, lime juice, and basil leaves. 
  2. Double-strain into a whiskey glass.
  3. Add tequila and ginger beer. Stir.
  4. Garnish with  jalapeño slices and basil leaves.

Frozen Peach Mexican Mule

Enjoy summer with this frozen cocktail. If fresh peaches are not available, it is okay to use frozen or canned peaches. Although it is only fair to warn you that the taste is better is using fresh peaches. 


  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 3 oz tequila
  • 3 ounces fresh peaches
  • 6 oz Fever-Tree Ginger Beer
  • Fresh mint sprigs
  • Lime and peach wedges for garnish

Steps to make

  1. In a blender, combine the tequila, cut peaches, lime juice, and ginger beer. 
  2. Add crushed ice and blend.Start at a low setting, slowly increasing speed as the ice gets finer.
  3. Add more ice if you desire a thicker consistency. 
  4. Pour the slushie into a cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with fresh sprigs of mint, peach slice, and lime wheels.

Ginger Tequila Cocktail

The muddled fresh ginger adds more spice to this cocktail and the orange bitters replaced the orange liqueur. For a cleaner cocktail, you can muddle the ginger in a different glass and strain it into the serving glass.



Steps to make

  1. Muddle together the ginger and lime juice.
  2. Add the tequila and orange bitters and stir.
  3. Top with ginger beer. 
  4. Garnish with sliced ginger. 

What Food Does It Go Well With

The foods here were selected to pair well with tequila and have some Mexican origin to tie the flavors together. These are just some of the choices but with the extensive Mexican cuisine, anything is possible. 

Jalapeno Poppers

Cheesy jalapeno poppers crusted with homemade bread crumbs spiced with cilantro. Deep-fry these into a crisp for 7 minutes. Yum!

Chili Fish

Fish and tomato sauce with a slight tang and spiciness pairs well with tequila and tequila-based cocktails. The fish strips are battered and fried then cooked in the chili-tomato sauce. This works well as a rice topper, too.

One-Pot Saffron Spaghetti with Shrimp and Mussels

Another perfect dish to pair with tequila cocktails are seafoods - here shrimp and mussels. The Spanish roots of this dish works well with tequila. Dinner is done in 20 minutes. 

Buffalo Hot Wing Empanada

American meets Mexican in this mash up of two classic favorites - buffalo wings and empanadas. Mix up the buffalo wing spices with the diced chicken and wrap it up. Pop it in the oven or if you don’t have an oven, you can deep-fry it. Skip the egg wash if you fry it. This is perfect for the fruity versions of the Mexican Mule.

Creamy Garlic Chicken Breasts

These seasoned chicken breasts were breaded and fried and then cooked in creamy cheesy sauce. For a crispier version, just simmer the sauce until it slightly thick and drizzle over the fried chicken breast just before eating. This is perfect with the simpler versions of Mexican Mule.


Do copper mugs make Moscow Mule taste better?

Copper mugs enhance the flavor of Moscow Mule because it keeps it cold longer than when served in conventional glasses. The very cold temperature of the drink turns down the acidity of the lemon juice. It also lessens the spiciness of the ginger beer, making it more pleasant to the taste.

Is ginger beer fattening?

Depending on the brand, ginger beers have 12-15 calories per ounce. Each 12-ounce serving packs 40-45 grams or 10 teaspoons of sugar. If you drink at least 4 cans of it per week and have no workout routine to lose it, you are bound to gain 3.5kgs per year, given that the other food you eat stays the same. 

Are Moscow Mule mugs good for coffee?

Yes, Moscow Mule mugs can be used to serve hot drinks such as coffee. However, it is not recommended as the high conductivity of the copper mugs makes the entire mug very hot. Drink at your own risk. 

Why does a Moscow Mule have to be in a copper cup?

Moscow Mule does not have to be served in copper mugs always but these mugs were made with the Moscow Mule in mind, so it is best to use these specific mugs. Moscow Mules are also traditionally served in highball and Collins glasses. 

Can you get drunk off of ginger beer?

Most ginger beers are non-alcoholic even if they carry the name beer, which is misleading, by the way. The only plausible reason why it is called beer is because of the brewing process. But hops were not added into it and the grains used were not malted. Most have less than 0.5% ABV which means it has some alcohol content but not enough to be considered an alcoholic drink. 

There are, however, alcoholic ginger beers ginger beers range from 4 to 8% ABV. You can get drunk with these especially if you drink it fast or if you are a lightweight.


We can never get enough of Moscow Mules. This is evident in the many versions of a single recipe. Click Here for some Moscow Mule recipes with Whiskey. For the summer parties, opt for the topical Moscow Mules we have here. Mule cocktails taste better in copper mugs. Afraid to use them because of copper poisoning? Well, we busted that myth. Copper mugs are perfectly safe to use.



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