This tequila mule is a celebration of ginger beer’s refreshing bite and the herbaceous aroma and agave taste of tequila. Call it a Mexican mule if you’d like, both terms refer to the exact same mixed drink.
Ingredients for Tequila Mule
As the name unequivocally suggests the alcoholic distilled beverage of choice is tequila and it works beautifully with craft brewed ginger beer. An infusion of lime juice brightens up the flavor profile with its playful mild acidity.
Both fresh lime and jalapeno are used as garnish in line with the Mexican theme. If we may suggest – ice cubes with bits of the two garnishes are very visually impactful and release the aromas of each in a more controlled manner.
Mixing a Tequila Mule is Easy
The proportions of the classic Moscow mule with vodka carry over to the Mexican mule version – 2 parts tequila, 1 part lime juice and 4 parts ginger beer.
For best results use only freshly squeezed lime juice. More on the choice of ginger beer and tequila below.
Make Jalapeno and Lime Ice Cubes
We love infusing beer cocktails with the fragrance of fresh citrus or the spice of jalapenos and making ice cubes with them is a great strategy to perform such subtle infusions. Just like with this IPA Beergarita or this Gose Frozen Strawberry Margarita.
Even though this is an optional step, we highly recommend that you make some. They take hardly any effort, so why not?
How to do it: Thinly slice fresh jalapeno and lime, place bits into an ice cube tray, top with filtered water and freeze.
TIP: You can control the amount of heat the jalapeno slices will contribute to the tequila mule by removing some of the seeds and whitish ribs of the pepper prior to making the ice cubes.
Mix the Cocktail
Mixing a tequila mule is best done on an individual basis. It takes less than ten seconds actually, provided that you have the ingredients lined up and ready to go.
Fill a copper mug with (lime and jalapeno) ice cubes, pour a shot of tequila, add lime juice, top with ginger beer and stir to mix.
Add a fresh lime wedge if you feel so inclined.
As the ice cubes float to the top and begin to melt into the ginger beer and tequila, the aroma and spice of the jalapenos will get released and add to the cocktail’s flavors.
TIP: Before mixing yourself a refill discard the remnants of ice cubes and leftover fruit bits and start over with brand new jalapeno and lime ice cubes. (Yes, jalapenos are a fruit:).
What Type of Ginger Beer?
As dedicated craft brew lovers we encourage you to use small batch crafted, naturally fermented ginger beer, whether non-alcoholic (like the one we used to make this Stormy IPA cocktail) and the Bundaberg we use in this post, or with alcohol (typical ABV is in the 4% to 7% range).
If you go for alcoholic ginger beer your tequila mule will get a notable boost in its alcohol by volume so be careful after the second one:). Or simply pour 1.5 oz tequila and a bit more ginger beer.
We feel that there is no place for corn syrup in this cocktail (or any cocktail for that matter) so we advise you to look for ginger beers brewed with actual pressed fresh ginger and cane sugar.
Avoid ginger soda (aka ginger ale) as there really isn’t any ginger in those in addition to the GMO corn syrup business.
What Type of Tequila to Use?
Since you are not sipping the tequila, you do not need to use the premium, aged varieties from the best brands.
Either one of the budget-friendly options below will be great to use in a tequila mule.
Silver tequila – aka tequila blanco, is bottled directly after distilled and has a clear appearance, hence its name. Typically has a floral, citrus bouquet on the nose, pure, strong agave taste and a dry finish.
Tequila reposado – this is the perfect tequila for mixing margaritas and we rather like it in a tequila mule. It is rested in huge 10,000 gallon oak vats for two months (reposado means rested) and in result acquires a pale straw color.
Due to the size of the vats in which it spends time the contact with the oak is minimal (as compared to regular barrels) and the tequila acquires only subtle cinnamon, vanilla and peppery notes. It is smoother yet its finish is a bit more astringent than that of tequila blanco.
Do You Need a Copper Mug?
Short answer – no, you do not. A highball cocktail glass is perfectly fine to use.
But. The signature copper mugs in which Moscow mules and by extension tequila mules etc. are served actually play a role in the overall experience of the cocktail. The metal quickly takes on the temperature of the cocktail and creates the feeling of an extra cold drink.
Not to mention that when the Moscow mule was devised in order to promote the consumption of both vodka and ginger beer the copper mugs became the signature vessels for the beverage. Their iconic appearance has become integral to the enjoyment of a mule.
If I may – Chris and I love this hammered copper set which comes with copper straws and a jigger.
Tequila mule is a fun, ultra refreshing twist on the classic cocktail. The agave flavor shines in combination with the pungent bite of ginger and in our version the added heat of jalapenos is slowly released from jalapeno ice cubes.
- 2 oz tequila (blanco or reposado)
- 1 oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 4 oz ginger beer
- fresh lime, for garnish
- fresh jalapeno, for garnish
- filtered water, to make lime and jalapeno ice cubes, optional
Thinly slice the lime and jalapenos, place bits in an ice cube tray, fill with filtered water and freeze until ready to use.
Fill a copper mule mug about half way with ice cubes. Add the tequila and the lime juice. Top with ginger beer. Stir, garnish with a lime wedge or jalapeno slice (optional) and serve.
The nutritional information is based on the Bundaberg craft brewed ginger beer we used for the post.
Different brands of ginger beer will vary in their sugar content and calories.
You might also like these very light Fried Jalapenos.
Or this Jalapeno Beer Cheese Dip.
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