Irish Mule Recipe

Fresh ‘n spritzy, this Irish mule is the perfect balance of whiskey, lime and ginger beer for a boozy delight with a bubbly finish.

A Super Simple Irish Mule Recipe to Add to Your Drink Repertoire

Have you ever tried ginger beer? How about an Irish Mule? There’s something truly special and delightful about the magical mix of whiskey, lime and ginger beer that comprises today’s Irish Mule. After all, who knew one could enjoy a saucy libation with such refreshing goodness and a super cool copper mug? Let’s shake this!

All You Need Are 3 Ingredients to Make an Irish Mule

Yep, just 3 ingredients! Wait until you make these Irish Mule drinks for friends, they’re not going to believe how easily they came together based on how impressive they look (and taste!).

Here are the 3 simple ingredients you need to make an Irish Mule:

  • Irish whiskey
  • Lime juice
  • Ginger beer

Irish Mule recipe served with ice with a hand holding the mug

What is an Irish Mule, Anyway?

An Irish Mule is a spritzy, light cocktail made with Irish whiskey, ginger beer and lime juice. There are other kinds of mules, including the Tennessee Mule, Kentucky Mule and more. The main difference between these mule cocktails? The region where the whiskey originates.

To make a proper Irish Mule, you’ll need to use whiskey from Ireland, such as Bushmills, Jameson or Powers. You’ll make the mule in a copper mug, the signature mule cup. This copper mug is used to insulate the coldness of the beverage from the warmth of your hands, thereby keeping your Irish Mule frosty for longer than in a regular glass.

How to Make an Irish Mule

Learning how to make an Irish Mule is super simple and done in just a few steps with even fewer ingredients. Check it out:

Place your copper mugs on the counter where you’re making the Irish Mule drinks. Here are the copper mugs that I’m using.

Add plenty of ice to the mug—the more ice you use, the colder your drink will be.

Pour whiskey and fresh lime juice into the mug. I highly recommend using fresh-squeezed lime juice since it tastes so much better and less bitter than the bottled kind. I’ll use an electric citrus juicer to speed things along when making fresh lime juice. It’s been a total timesaver!

Pour ginger beer over the ice, whiskey and lime juice, until you hit nearly the top of the mug. Grab a mixing spoon and gently stir everything together to mix.

Garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime wheel or wedge. Sip and enjoy the best Irish Mule! 

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Irish Mule Recipe

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Fresh ‘n spritzy, this Irish mule is the perfect balance of whiskey, lime and ginger beer for a boozy delight with a bubbly finish.


  • 2 oz Irish whiskey
  • ½ to 1 oz lime juice
  • 6 oz ginger beer (or to top of cup)


  1. If desired, make crushed ice with a lewis bag or by placing ice into a kitchen towel and smashing with a mallet.
  2. Add lots of ice to a copper mug. The more ice you add, the longer your drink will stay cold.
  3. Add whiskey and lime juice to the mug.
  4. Pour ginger beer over the ice, filling to the top of the glass. Gently stir to mix.
  5. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wedge on the rim of the cup or on top of the drink. Sip and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Drinks, Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. I love the flavors in this, and I love how easy it is to make. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this cocktail before.