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How to Make the Tequila Mule

The Tequila Mule takes the classic Moscow Mule and brings it down south. Replace the vodka with tequila and you have one delicious cocktail for tequila lovers!

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You might have heard of the traditional Moscow Mule, and all the other types of mules inspired by this traditional recipe. Tequila Mule (also known as a Mexican Moscow Mule) is one of the most delicious tequila drinks made from ginger beer, orange liqueur, and tequila and served in the familiar copper cups. It’s super easy to make and is perfect for any occasion.!

What goes into a Tequila Mule

Just the tequila and orange liqueur are the spirits!

  • Tequila: Tequila is the main culprit that will make this drink boozy and give it a kick. You can go for any type of tequila, but use the best tequila you can get. It should be silver tequila or clear tequila; just make sure it’s 100% Agave or a really good mixto!
  • Orange Liqueur: Orange liqueur is an alcoholic beverage infused with the flavor of orange. You can either go for a Cointreau which gives it a bit more depth or a simpler Triple Sec. Whichever brand you choose, make sure you get that citrusy orange flavor shining through the beverage.
  • Lime juice: Fresh lime juice is essential with its tart sweetness. I only use fresh lime juice every time.
  • Sugar syrup: Simple syrup is a simple recipe. It is a mixture of water and sugar. When the sugar dissolves in the hot water, you get a sweet syrup that you can make in large batches and store in the refrigerator. It saves you from dissolving sugar in water every time you make a drink. It is simply very convenient and lasts a few weeks.
  • Ginger beer: If spicy Ginger Beer is too strong for you, you can always add ginger ale! It all depends how much ginger punch you want.
  • Lime & Mint: A fresh lime wedge and fresh mint leaves add so much freshness to this drink. These are the two perfect garnishes for this Tequila Mule recipe.
Tequila Mule

What tools you need to make Tequila Mule

You’ll need a cocktail shaker for this one! Grab a jigger, a strainer, and, of course, a copper mug, (or glass tumbler or highball glass, if you don’t have a copper mug) for this Tequila Mule or Mexican Mule recipe.

It’s an easy cocktail so, start by pouring tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker. Now, add ice cubes and seal the shaker with a lid. Shake for about a minute or so so that all the flavors infuse and the drink is chilled with ice. Place ice in your fancy copper mug, and strain the drink from the shaker into the mug. Fill the mug halfway with this mixture. Now, pour ginger beer on top and add more crushed ice. Garnish with fresh lime slices and mint leaves. Enjoy.

  • 🍸Top Tip(le): Variations on the Tequila Mule
    • Non-alcoholic version: For a non-alcohol version, add club soda instead of tequila and orange juice instead of orange liqueur!
    • Spicy simple syrup: You can spice up the simple syrup by adding a cinnamon stick, star anise, and nutmeg to it. Let the spices infuse in the syrup.
    • Jalapeño-infused drink: Mix a few jalapeño slices and maple syrup. As the flavors infuse, you can add it to the drink to get the Mexican heat.
    • Without orange liqueur: Use more tequila instead if you don’t want to use orange liqueur.
    • Mule cocktail variations You can always go the traditional mule recipe or the Kentucky Mule with bourbon or the Irish Mule with Irish Whiskey.

Where to find more tequila recipes

Here are a few of my favorites:

 Find a Ginger Beer cocktail you like here

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Where to find ingredients for mule cocktails

You can find all the ingredients at Spirits Kiosk (10% off the entire site by quoting this code: ALushLife10SK.) in the UK; or in the USA!

Here is the recipe!

Tequila Mule

Tequila Mule

The Tequila Mule takes the Moscow Mule and brings it down south. Replace the vodka with tequila and you have one delicious cocktail!
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Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1
Calories 387 kcal


  • 1 1/2 ounces Tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Orange Liqueur
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce sugar syrup
  • Ginger beer
  • Lime & mint


  • Add all the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and sugar syrup to a cocktail shaker
  • Add ice
  • Shake, shake, shake
  • Strain into a copper mug filled with crushed ice
  • Top up with the ginger beer
  • Add more crushed ice
  • Garnish with the lime and mint!


Serving: 1gCalories: 387kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 1gSodium: 29mgFiber: 2gSugar: 61g
Keyword Tequila Mule
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