Tennessee Mule (aka Moscow Mule with Whiskey)

An easy Tennessee Mule recipe that’s a simple remix of an old classic.

Think of it as a Moscow Mule made with whiskey! Enjoy whiskey, lime juice and ginger beer in this easy Tennessee Moscow Mule cocktail. Your favorite Tennessee whiskey with a light, refreshing twist of lime. A bit sour with a fizzy, refreshing finish.

Who’s ready to make a Moscow mule with whiskey? Or perhaps we can get saucy and call it what it’s officially called… a Tennessee Mule?

Break out your favorite whiskey from Tennessee (come on, you totally have one), your favorite ginger beer and a few other things so we can head to the cocktail cart and make a spritzy delight.

Let’s learn how to make a Tennessee Mule!

What is a Tennessee Mule?

A Tennessee Mule is a cocktail made with Tennessee whiskey, lime juice and ginger beer. It’s delightfully refreshing, with a nice zing from the ginger and a bright zest from the limes, all to balance out that bit of whiskey.

What’s the difference between a Tennessee Mule and a Moscow Mule?

Let’s start with the basics: a Moscow Mule is a cocktail made with vodka, lime juice and ginger beer. All of that is poured over ice and stirred together.

A Tennessee Mule is a super simple twist on the Moscow Mule in that it replaces vodka with whiskey, preferably Tennessee whiskey.

Closeup of fizzy bubbles created by ginger beer in Tennessee Mule

Tennessee Mule: a Moscow Mule with Whiskey

Simply put, a Tennessee Mule is a Moscow Mule with Whiskey (and no vodka). It’s super easy to make, and comes together in just minutes. Check out how to make a Moscow mule with whiskey below!

How to Make a Moscow Mule with Whiskey

A proper Moscow Mule is served in a copper mug—this ensures that the heat from your hand is insulated from the coldness of the drink. However, you can make a Tennessee Mule in a highball glass—it’s up to you.

Today’s Tennessee Mule recipe is made in a highball glass to visually avoid confusion with a traditional Moscow Mule. 😉

Here’s a quick & easy overview of how to make a Moscow mule with whiskey:

  1. Grab a copper mug or highball glass and fill it to the brim with crushed ice or regular ice.
  2. Add your favorite Tennessee whiskey and lime juice.
  3. Crack open a can or bottle of ginger beer and pour it over the whiskey, lime juice and ice. Now, give it all a gentle stir to mix.
  4. Garnish with mint and lime, then enjoy. It’s really that simple to make a Tennessee Moscow mule!

Moscow mule with whiskey in a glass filled with ice and lime halves and lime wedges in background with mixing spoon

How to Serve a Tennessee Mule Cocktail

  • Copper mug or Highball glass: this is totally up to you. Traditionally, a Moscow Mule is made in a copper mug to ensure that it stays insulated from the heat of your hand. Since we’re mixing it up with Tennessee whiskey, it’s no big deal to use a highball glass instead (especially if that’s all you have on hand).
  • Super Cold: the colder this Tennessee mule drink is, the better. While most mules call for lots of crushed ice, I used regular, larger cubes of ice because I find it stays colder for longer. Either way, make sure to pack your cup with plenty of ice for a super, super cold Tennessee mule cocktail.
  • Garnished: what’s the fun in making a cocktail if you’re not going to garnish it? 😉 Be sure to pick up fresh mint so you can garnish your mule cocktail with a beautiful, plump sprig of mint. Also, slice up some fresh limes so you can add a nice zesty wheel to the rim of your glass.

What other kinds of Moscow Mules would you be interested in seeing on the blog? Leave a comment with your requests below! You know I love hearing from you. ‘Til our next cocktail adventure…

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Tennessee Mule (aka Moscow Mule with Whiskey)


Today’s Tennessee Mule recipe is a simple remix of an old classic. Think of it as a Moscow Mule made with whiskey. Enjoy whiskey, lime juice and ginger beer in this easy Tennessee Moscow Mule cocktail.



Tennessee Mule

  • 2 oz Tennessee whiskey
  • 1/2 oz of lime juice or a squeeze of lime
  • 6 oz ginger beer (or to top of cup)


  • mint sprig
  • lime wheel or wedge


  1. If desired, make crushed ice with a lewis bag or by placing ice into a kitchen towel and smashing with a mallet. Or, use regular ice.
  2. Add lots of ice to a copper mug or highball glass. The more ice you add, the longer your drink will stay cold.
  3. Add Tennessee whiskey and lime juice to the glass.
  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.


Where to Buy Tools: Cocktail Shaker Set [High-End] [Mid-End] [Affordable] | Highball Glasses | Lewis Bag to crush ice

  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Shake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: tennessee mule, moscow mule with whiskey

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