The Story Behind The Mexican Mule

Take your taste buds on a well-deserved sun-kissed vacation with the Mexican Mule, a tequila-driven variant on the 1940s classic, the Moscow Mule.

All Mule drinks originate from the non-alcoholic beverage known as the Horse’s Neck, which consists of ginger ale and a long lemon peel and dates to the late 19th century. Bartenders soon took to spiking the refreshing beverage, usually with bourbon or rye, and the “Horse’s Neck With a Kick” was born. As time wore on, the name was shortened to mule, a creature known to kick backward and sideways with a powerful punch.

The Mexican Mule trades the vodka usually found in the Moscow Mule for tequila, and the result is spicy, sour, and delicious. Fill copper mugs with ice, top with tequila, lime juice, ginger beer, and stir for a five-star concoction that’s perfect for sipping on a hot day.

Want to take your Mexican Mule to the next level? Try swapping out tequila with mezcal for a smoky riff on this recipe.

See our Complete Guide to Mule Drinks including recipes and variations here!


  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3-4 ounces ginger beer
  • Garnish: lime wheel


  1. Fill a copper mug with ice.
  2. Add tequila, lime juice, and ginger beer and stir to combine.
  3. Garnish with lime wheel.

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Yield: 1
Calories: 186
Updated: 2023-05-02

The Mexican Mule Recipe

Mexican Mule FAQ

How is a Mexican Mule different from a regular Moscow Mule?

While both cocktails are equally as refreshing, the Mexican Mule differs from the Moscow Mule when it comes to the cocktail’s base spirit. A Mexican Mule is made with tequila, while a Moscow Mule is made with vodka.