Mexican Mezcal Mule Cocktail Drink Recipe

Is there anything better than sipping an ice cold Mezcal Mule on a hot day?

Our quick & easy Moscow Mule cocktail recipe swaps traditional vodka for smoky Mexican Mezcal. It’s additionally flavoured with lime juice, spicy ginger beer and fresh mint.

We love serving this Mezcal Mule recipe in the summer at a Mexican feast or backyard barbecue. On a hot day it’s a truly refreshing smoky and boozy beverage!

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What Is A Mezcal Mule?

A classic Moscow Mule is a cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer and lime juice, garnished with a slice, wedge or wheel of lime and a sprig of mint.

The drink is a type of buck and is sometimes called a vodka buck. The Moscow mule is popularly served in a copper mug, which takes on the cold temperature of the liquid.

Order a Mezcal Mule at your favourite Mexican restaurant or cocktail bar and you’ll find bartenders substituting traditional vodka in the drink for smoky Mezcal.

It is similar to a Mexican Mule, which features tequila instead of Mezcal.

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Traditional Mezcal Mule Cocktail recipe ingredients.
Traditional Mezcal Mule Cocktail recipe ingredients.

Travel To Mexico to Taste A Mezcal Mule Cocktail

There’s no better way to familiarize yourself with the best Mezcal Mule recipe then by planning a vacation to visit Mexican distilleries. As cocktail enthusiasts we’ve traveled the world to visit the best tequila, gin, whiskey and rum distilleries.

We love traveling to Mexico. We’ve sipped tequila and Mezcal muddled cocktails in Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Mexico City, Merida, Chichen Itza and Playa del Carmen.

The bar at Four Seasons Mexico City is ranked as one of the best cocktail bars in the country. The creative mixologists behind the Four Seasons bar make classic cocktails, eye-popping modern marvels and refreshing drinks like a ice-cold Mezcal Mule served in a handsome copper mug.

Serve a Mezcal Mule in a copper mug.
Serve a Mezcal Mule in a copper mug.

Best Mezcal For Cocktails

Wondering what the difference is between tequila and mezcal? Both spirits are produced exclusively in Mexico but have subtle differences worth noting.

Tequila can only be made from one kind of agave plant: Blue Weber Agave. Mezcal however can use any kind of agave plant. They’re all the same plant but they have different varieties. Mezcal is made from all 40 of them, and it can be made from wild and cultivated plants.

The taste of tequila and mezcal are also very different. Tequila is often described as having a spicy flavour, while mezcal has a smoky flavour. The reason Mezcal tastes smoky is because the piñas are roasted in an underground pit that’s covered with hot rocks for several days. The long roasting time gives mezcal its unique smoky flavour.

If you’re new to the Mezcal world here are our favourite bottles to shake or muddle into a Mexican-inspired Mule:

A classic Mezcal Mule recipe features ginger beer, lime juice, and fresh mint.
A classic Mezcal Mule recipe features ginger beer, lime juice, and fresh mint.

Mezcal Mule Cocktail Recipe Ingredients

Our homemade Mezcal Mule recipe is made with fresh and premium ingredients:

  • Mezcal: we suggest using Sombra, Casamigos or Doce Mezcal.
  • Ginger Beer: we suggest using The Great Jamaican Ginger Beer Company or Fever Tree Ginger Beer.
  • Lime Juice: we always suggest juicing fresh limes as you’ll taste the difference. Do not use store bought lime juice!
  • Garnish: decorate each copper mug with a fresh lime wheel and fresh lime sprig.
Garnish a Mezcal Mule with a lime wheel and fresh mint sprig.
Garnish a Mezcal Mule with a lime wheel and fresh mint sprig.

Cocktail Recipe Tips

This Mexican cocktail recipe is easy to make at home, ready to serve in under 10 minutes.

We love serving our Mezcal Mule in the hot summer months. The refreshing smoky and spicy cocktail is a crowd pleaser at garden parties and family barbecues.

Our Mezcal Mule recipe serves one person. If you’re hosting a large gathering feel free to multiply the ingredients by the number of guests and muddle the drink in a punch bowl or jug rather than a cocktail shaker.

Before guests arrive we suggest storing the Mezcal bottle in your freezer to keep cold.

We’ve made the drink in a traditional copper mug but you can use a rocks glass if you prefer.

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Mezcal Mule Recipe Photo Image.
Mezcal Mule Recipe Photo Image.

Best Bartender Tools & Cocktail Equipment

Before hosting a swanky Mezcal Mule soiree you’ll need to ensure you have the best bartender tools and cocktail equipment.

  • Cocktail Kit: cocktail kits are the perfect gift for newbie mixology fans as they include basic bartender tools like a jigger, shaker and spoon.
  • Cocktail Shaker: a bartender’s best friend. Purchase a premium cocktail shaker to muddle or shake up your favourite pink gin cocktails.
  • Cocktail Glassware: make sure your bar is stocked with a selection of unique glassware to show off your favourite cocktail creations.
  • Hawthorne Strainer: this unique strainer features tightly wound coils and perforated holes. It keeps ice and other large ingredients like lime wedges in your cocktail shaker rather than in the glass.
  • Bar Spoons: slender and long bar spoons are a must-have when stirring drinks.
  • Bottle Opener: easily open bottles of beer or cider with the flick of your wrist or purchase a corkscrew for fine wine.
  • Pouring Spout: once you’ve opened a new bottle of gin insert these affordable pourers to make cocktail assembly a breeze.
  • Cutting Board: purchase a petite cutting board for your bar to slice garnishes or citrus wedges like lime, orange, lemon or grapefruit.
  • Ice Bucket: chill bottles of gin quickly in an ice bucket or keep by the bar when muddling gin mixers into cool creations.
  • Ice Crusher: fans of the Mint Julep love an ice crusher.
  • Ice Cube Kit: we suggest purchasing a selection of ice cube trays. Silicone styles are our favourite as they’re easy to clean and are available in various shapes and sizes.
  • Jigger: use a jigger to accurately measure spirits, juices, syrups and shrubs.
  • Juicer: invest in an electronic juicer or buy an affordable hand-held to easily juice fresh citrus like lemons and limes.
  • Muddler: fans of the Mojito love a sturdy muddler to mix mint and lime. Muddler’s are handy for any cocktail featuring ingredients that need a pounding like fresh herbs or citrus wedges.
  • Citrus Peeler & Zester: adorn your craft cocktails with a thick citrus peel or finer ribbons of lime or lemon zest.
  • Rimmer: Bloody Mary and Caesar lovers should outfit their bar with a handy rimmer for salting and sugaring glassware.
We love serving this Mule cocktail at Mexican dinner parties and summer barbecues.
We love serving this Mule cocktail at Mexican dinner parties and summer barbecues.

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Now you're an expert on how to make the perfect Mezcal Mule recipe!
Now you’re an expert on how to make the perfect Mezcal Mule recipe!

How To Make A Mezcal Mule Cocktail Recipe

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Mezcal Mule Cocktail

How to make a refreshing Mezcal Mule. Our easy Mexican cocktail recipe features smoky tequila, spicy ginger beer, lime juice and fresh mint.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Mezcal Mule
Servings: 1
Calories: 184kcal


  • Copper Mug
  • Jigger
  • Bar Spoon


  • 2 oz Mezcal
  • 0.5 oz Lime Juice
  • 4 oz Ginger Beer
  • Lime Wheel + Mint Sprig garnish


  • In a copper mule mug filled with ice add mezcal, lime juice and ginger beer. Stir with a bar spoon until cold.
  • Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel.


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.2g | Protein: 0.1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 10.1g | Calcium: 5mg

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