Irish Mule Cocktail Recipe

March 15, 2023

If you’re a fan of whiskey and Moscow Mules, you’ll love the Irish Mule! Instead of vodka, this Irish Mule cocktail recipe is a festive St. Patrick’s Day drink made with whiskey, lime juice, and ginger beer.

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Whether it’s a dark stout, an Irish whiskey, or just a Shamrock Shake, we all have our favorite St. Patrick’s Day beverages.  This year, I might have a new favorite – the Irish Mule!  What makes the Irish Mule different from a Moscow Mule is the use of whiskey instead of vodka.  The rest of the ingredients stay the same.

Close up of Irish Mule Cocktail garnished with lime slices and fresh mint.

What really makes a mule cocktail for me is the ginger beer.  As a fan of ginger, I love the extra spiciness of ginger beer compared to ginger ale.  Sometimes I keep a bottle in the fridge to sip straight up just because I love how warm, slightly sweet, and peppery it is!

And if you’re a fan of whiskey, it works perfectly with ginger beer.  Whiskey’s slight sweetness cuts down the ginger beer’s spiciness.  If you find that ginger beer has too much of a kick, you can use ginger ale instead.  It’s a bit sweeter, but still pairs nicely with whiskey.

Also, you’ve probably seen mule cocktails served in copper mugs.  While it’s not a requirement for mule drinks, the copper mugs do keep the temperature of your drink cold and frosty. However, I always like to use whatever type of cocktail glasses I have on hand.

Irish Mule Cocktail Recipe

So if you’re looking for a new drink to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish Mule is an easy cocktail to whip up!  Plus, the lime garnish gives it a festive green touch!  You can also go extra fancy with a sprig of mint, but the lime is simple enough.

Let’s start this St. Patrick’s Day drink by filling a glass or copper mug about 3/4 of the way with ice.  Then, we’re going to juice half of a lime right into the glass.

Hand pouring ounce of whiskey into a glass filled with ice.

Bottle of ginger beer being poured into a cocktail glass.

Next, we’re going to add the whiskey.  Then, top off the drink with ginger beer (or ginger ale for a less spicy flavor).

All that’s left to do is stir everything together, garnish with lime (and fresh mint, if desired), and serve!

Irish Mule Cocktail Recipe

Irish Mule Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1/2 lime
  • 2 oz. whiskey
  • 5 oz. ginger beer
  • Lime slice, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a glass or copper mug about 3/4 of the way with ice.
  2. Squeeze the lime half into the glass and add the whiskey.
  3. Pour the ginger beer into the glass.
  4. Stir, garnish with a lime slice, and serve.
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You’re only a handful of ingredients away from sipping a delicious whiskey cocktail!  So if you’re a fan of Moscow mules, Kentucky mules, or any of the mule family of drinks, the Irish Mule will be a great addition to your St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

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