Non-Alcoholic Mexican Mule

How to Make a Non-Alcoholic Mexican Mule

If you are looking for a fun, zippy cocktail, the Mexican mule fits the bill. A twist on the original Moscow mule, this variation uses tequila instead of vodka. 

With tequila, ginger beer, lime, and jalapeno as ingredients, this cocktail is both sweet and spicy. The bubbly bite of the ginger is the ultimate complement to the tart lime and smooth tequila. Poured over a glass of ice in a classic copper mug, this is the perfect cocktail for a lazy afternoon. 

If you are longing to lie back with this cocktail but without the alcohol, we've got you covered! Follow our non-alcoholic Mexican mule recipe and you'll be enjoying this lively drink in no time at all. 

What Is a Mule Cocktail?

This dynamic cocktail is actually a variation of the traditional Moscow mule. To better understand a Mexican mule cocktail, you need to know how the original came about. 

The story of the Moscow mule starts in the late 1930s when a man named John Marin acquired the rights to Smirnoff vodka. Unfortunately, people were not interested in vodka, instead preferring gin and whiskey. He was ready to throw in the towel on vodka until a chance meeting with a good friend. 

His friend, the bar owner, couldn't get rid of the ginger beer he had cases of in his basement. The bartender, Wes Price, stepped in and saved the day. He took the vodka and ginger beer, added some lime juice and ice, and created the first Moscow mule. 

The Moscow part of the name is a nod to the Russian origin of vodka. The mule part describes the kick of the ginger. 

Our story doesn't stop here, though. When a Russian woman visited this bar, laden with copper mugs she couldn't get rid of, she had an idea. 

In another twist, she paired this Russian-made mug with the cocktail, and the pair became iconic. You now can't see a copper mug without thinking of a mule drink to go with it. 

What's in a Mexican Mule? 

The main ingredients of a Mexican mule are ginger beer and tequila, both with unique origins. 

Ginger Beer 

The star of both the Mexican and Moscow mule is the ginger beer. This snappy, fizzy drink is non-alcoholic and known for its spicy ginger taste. 

This carbonated beverage first came onto the scene in medieval England. It started out during this time as an actual beer. Many years later, a non-alcoholic version became popular during Prohibition

Ginger beer gets its famous bubbles through either a fermentation or carbonation process. This spicy beverage is used in a wide array of mixed drinks. 


The earliest form of this popular alcohol dates back to 1000 BC. During this time, the fermented agave plant sap was made into pulque by the Aztec people. By the 1700s, the Cuervo and Sauza families became the first ones to distill the tequila that we know today. 

The first step to making tequila is to bake and juice the core of the blue agave plant. The juice is mixed with yeast and fermented in barrels to get to the finished tequila product. 

You can have the taste of tequila without the alcohol with our Durangold tequila alternative. The agave and lemon peel like flavor pairs perfectly with any tequila-based cocktail you can dream up. If you want the taste of tequliza in your drinks but lower in calories and no side effects, you can't go wrong with this choice. 

Mexican Mule Recipe

Learning how to make a Mexican mule couldn't be easier. All you'll need are a few ingredients and about five minutes to whip up this delicious cocktail! 

Ingredient List

  • 1.5 ounces Durangold 
  • .5 ounce lime juice 
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • Jalapeno slices and lime wedges for garnish
  • Ice 

Non-Alcoholic Mexican Mule Recipe Instructions 

This delicious drink can be in your hand in mere minutes! 

Step 1 

You're only going to need a few tools to make this spicy drink. 

  • chilled copper mug
  • muddler 
  • measuring glass
  • stirrer 

Step 2 

Add a lime wedge to the bottom of the copper cup. 

Step 3 

Using the muddler, smash the lime in the bottom of the cup to release the juices and flavor. 

Step 4 

Fill the copper cup with ice. You can use the ice you have on hand in your freezer or small crushed ice for a festive addition to your drink. 

Step 5 

It's time to add the lime! To get the most juice out of your lime, roll it on your counter under your palms a few times before cutting into it. This will give you the most juice from your lime. 

Once you have cut your lime, squeeze half of it into a measuring glass until you have half an ounce. This lime juice goes into the copper cup. 

Step 6 

Next to add is the Durangold tequila alternative. Measure this flavorful alcohol alternative, and into the copper mug it goes. 

Step 7 

The ginger beer is the final liquid ingredient you will add to your cup. Make sure that you have ginger beer and not ginger ale. Ginger ale doesn't pack quite as much of a punch as ginger beer does. 

Although it has beer in its name, ginger beer is not beer at all. Ginger beer has a much stronger flavor. This drink wouldn't be the same without it! 

Measure out your ginger beer and add it to the lime juice and Durangold. 

Step 8 

Once you have added all the ingredients, take your stirrer and give the whole concoction a mix. This will ensure that everything gets mixed for the best flavor. 

Step 9 

To finish off this cocktail, slice up a jalapeno and the other half of the lime. Add a slice of lime and, if you like a little heat, a slice of jalapeno. 

Step 10 

Sit back and enjoy! 

Mexican Mule Tips 

You can't drink a warm Mexican mule! To get the best flavor, make sure you use lots of ice. Keep your ginger beer refrigerated to keep your drink cooler longer. 

Are you throwing a party and planning on serving this Mexican mule drink to a whole bunch of people? You can make a pitcher of this cocktail ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator up to a day in advance. For the freshest taste, add the ginger beer right before serving the Mexican mule to your guests. 

Although the copper mug will give your Mexican mule an authentic feel, any glass will work. If you are using a copper mug, make sure to wash it when you have finished your drink. Dry it well or you'll have oxidation spots from any leftover water. 

The ginger beer can be a little bit sweet. If sweetness isn't your thing, substitute an ounce of ginger beer with plain soda water. This will give you the fizz with less sugar. 

Mule Variations 

Technically speaking, this cocktail is a variation itself. There are still some great ways to jazz this cocktail up using the same flavor profile. 

Kentucky Mule

Your taste buds will be off to the races with this easy mule variation. You'll substitute non-alcoholic bourbon for the tequila for this cocktail but keep the ginger beer and lime. The spiciness of the bourbon complements the ginger beer to make a fun and bright drink. 

Gin Gin Mule 

If a Moscow mule and a mojito had a baby, it would be the gin gin mule. To make this cocktail, you'll mix the ginger beer with mint and simple syrup. The mint in this cocktail makes it a refreshing drink for a hot summer day. 

Dark and Stormy

This cocktail is a more sophisticated version of the Mexican mule. The smooth non-alcoholic rum mixes with the ginger beer for a richer flavor. The highball glass it goes in gives this drink an upscale feel. 

Apple Cider Mule 

If the weather has changed and you are looking for something less summery than a Mexican mule drink, give an apple cider mule a try. Instead of only using ginger beer, mix it in half with apple cider. Add a splash of lime and you'll be all set when autumn rolls around. 

Have a Blast Mixing and Drinking Your Cocktails With Seir Hill

Whether you are throwing a party or unwinding on a hot summer day, whipping up our non-alcoholic Mexican mule recipe is the perfect addition to any event.

A refreshing, alcohol-free cocktail is minutes away when you use our products from Seir Hill. Order a bottle of Durangold today for your favorite tequila-based cocktails. 

Grab your copper mug, mix yourself a Mexican mule, and sip away! 


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