Tequila Moscow Mule (Mexican Mule)

The Mexican Moscow Mule is a delightful adaptation of the traditional Moscow Mule. If you love mules, this drink is for you! It fuses a Moscow Mule’s classic ingredients with tequila’s robust flavors.

This refreshing cocktail is ideal for sipping at social gatherings, dinner parties, or as a personal treat.

In the tequila mule recipe, tequila is the star in place of vodka, traditionally used in a Moscow Mule. It produces a vibrant, full-bodied flavor profile.

Premium, handcrafted tequila, fresh lime juice, and high-quality spicy ginger beer are recommended to take your Mexican Moscow Mule to the next level.

History and Origin

Also known as the Mexican Mule, this cocktail is a twist on the classic Moscow Mule cocktail. This sweet cocktail was conceived in the early 1940s and is a refreshing blend of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. It’s typically served in a signature vessel, a copper mug. It’s said that bartender Wes Price crafted the Moscow Mule in Los Angeles to clear slow-moving inventory.

Due to vodka companies ‘ marketing initiatives, the classic Moscow Mule gained traction in the 1950s and 1960s. Cocktail enthusiasts began experimenting with the original recipe, substituting different base spirits for vodka, leading to Mule variations such as the Kentucky mule and Irish Mule. The Mexican Mule is one such variant, swapping vodka with tequila.


You can find the printable recipe for this delicious cocktail in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

For a single-serving Mexican Mule recipe, you’ll need:

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 0.5 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz. ginger beer 


  • Fill a highball glass or a tall copper mug with ice.
  • Add tequila and lime juice.
  • Top with ginger beer, stirring gently to combine.
  • Garnish with a fresh lime wedge, mint leaves and serve.


A tequila moscow Mule offers a spicier, bolder flavor profile than the classic Moscow Mule, thanks to the assertive character of tequila. It’s also flexible, allowing for further experimentation. You can add various modifiers, such as:

  • Agave syrup for added sweetness
  • Fresh jalapeño slices for an extra kick
  • Ginger ale can be used instead of ginger beer.
  • Fresh mint for added complexity
  • Play with other fresh herbs like cilantro or basil for extra flavors.

To make a pitcher of this cocktail for four people, multiply the tequila and lime juice by 4. Add into a pitcher along with lime wedges and ice. Top with around 24oz of ginger beer. 

Copper Moscow Mule Mugs

Copper mugs are synonymous with Moscow Mules and are often used for serving Mexican Moscow Mules as well. They provide a stylish aesthetic, helping keep the drink chilled.

tequila mule close up.

Spicy Mexican Mule

The Spicy Mexican Mule is a delicious twist on the classic Moscow Mule, incorporating Mexican flavors and subtle heat. The star of this variant is the jalapeño-infused tequila, which adds a kick that perfectly complements the zing of the ginger beer and the tartness of the lime juice.

To make a Spicy Mule, muddle a few slices of fresh jalapeño in the bottom of a shaker. This releases the necessary oils and spice of the pepper. Next, add tequila, lime juice, and ice, then shake well to combine.

Strain the mixture into a copper mug or glass filled with ice and top with ginger beer. Finally, garnish with a lime wheel and a jalapeño slice to add a pop of color and hint at the cocktail’s fiery personality.

Variations and Related Cocktails

Kentucky Mule

A Southern twist on the classic Moscow Mule, the Kentucky Mule swaps in bourbon for tequila or vodka. The ingredients include bourbon, lime juice, and ginger ale, garnished with a fresh mint sprig.

Mezcal Mule

The Mezcal Moscow Mule is a smokier version of the Mexican Moscow Mule, featuring mezcal instead of tequila. This cocktail combines mezcal, bright lime juice, and ginger ale, often served with a slice of fresh jalapeno for an added kick. Agave can be added as a sweetener if desired.

French mule

A French Mule substitutes the traditional vodka with French cognac. The cocktail still retains the key ingredients of ginger beer and lime juice, creating a delightful and refreshing drink with a unique twist.


The Margarita is another tequila drink that consists of tequila, triple sec or Cointreau, and lime juice, often served with salt on the rim of the glass. A cousin of the Mexican Moscow Mule, this cocktail is perfect for Cinco de Mayo celebrations or any festive occasion. Garnish with a lime slice. 

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Tequila Moscow Mule

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This Mexican Moscow Mule is a delightful adaptation of the traditional Moscow Mule, with the addition of tequila.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 oz / 60ml tequila
  • 0.5 oz / 15ml fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz / 120ml ginger beer
  • Fresh lime wedges
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Ice


  1. Fill a copper mug or highball glass with ice.
  2. Add tequila and lime juice.
  3. Top with ginger beer, stirring gently to combine.
  4. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge, mint leaves and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g

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