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Irish Mule

Immerse yourself in the smooth blend of Irish whiskey, ginger beer, and lime, concocting a spirited and refreshing version of the classic Moscow Mule. This classic cocktail is a twist on the Moscow Mule, replacing vodka with Irish whiskey for a smooth and flavorful drink. The Irish Mule is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, but it’s also a great choice for any occasion.

irish mule in copper mug

There are many variations of the Irish Mule recipe, and you can customize it to your taste. Some people like to add a dash of bitters or a sprig of fresh mint for extra flavor. Others prefer to use different types of whiskey, such as Jameson or Tullamore Dew. No matter how you make it, the Irish Mule is a delicious and easy-to-drink cocktail that’s perfect for any occasion.

The Irish Mule is a variation of the popular Moscow Mule cocktail, which was invented in the United States in the 1940s. The original Moscow Mule consists of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, served in a copper mug. The copper mug was not only used for aesthetic purposes but also because the copper enhances the flavor of the drink.

The Irish Mule takes the classic recipe of the Moscow Mule and adds a uniquely Irish twist by substituting Irish whiskey for vodka. The exact origin of the Irish Mule is unclear, but it is believed to have been created in the 1980s or 1990s.

Some people believe that the Irish Mule was created as a marketing ploy to promote Irish whiskey. Others believe that it was simply a variation of the Moscow Mule that was created by bartenders looking to switch things up. Regardless of its origins, the Irish Mule has become a popular cocktail in its own right, enjoyed by people all over the world.

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How to Make It

irish mule in copper mug

Irish Mule

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Making an Irish Mule is easy and requires only a few ingredients.

Here's how you can make your own Irish Mule:


  • 2 oz Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • Ginger beer
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge and mint sprig for garnish


  1. Fill a copper mug or highball glass with ice.
  2. Add the Irish whiskey and fresh lime juice to the glass.
  3. Top off the glass with ginger beer.
  4. Stir gently to mix the ingredients together.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint sprig.
  6. Enjoy your Irish Mule!


Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality ginger beer for the best flavor. Look for one that has a spicy kick and is not too sweet.
  • Fresh lime juice is key to getting the right balance of flavors in this cocktail. Don't substitute bottled lime juice.
  • For an extra refreshing drink, use a copper mug. The metal helps keep the drink colder for longer.
  • If you don't have a copper mug, a highball glass will work just as well.
  • Garnish with a fresh mint sprig or lime wedge to add a pop of color and flavor to the drink.

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Choosing Your Whiskey

Some popular whiskey brands to use in an Irish Mule include Jameson, Tullamore Dew, and Bushmills. However, feel free to experiment with different brands to find the one that best suits your taste.

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Some popular ginger beer brands to use in an Irish Mule include Fever-Tree, Gosling’s, and Bundaberg. However, feel free to experiment with different brands to find the one that best suits your taste.


If you’re looking to switch up the classic Irish Mule recipe, there are a few variations worth trying. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Vodka Irish Mule

Swap out the whiskey for vodka to create a lighter version of the drink. Add a few dashes of grapefruit bitters for an extra kick of flavor.

Spicy Irish Mule

If you like your drinks with a bit of heat, try adding a slice of jalapeno or a few dashes of hot sauce to your Irish Mule. You can also use a ginger beer with a bit more spice to it.

Apple Cider Irish Mule

For a fall-inspired twist on the classic, try using apple cider instead of ginger beer. Add a cinnamon stick or a sprinkle of nutmeg for an extra touch of warmth.

Blackberry Irish Mule

Muddle a few fresh blackberries in the bottom of your glass before adding the other ingredients to create a fruity version of the Irish Mule.

Pineapple Irish Mule

Add a splash of pineapple juice to your Irish Mule for a tropical twist. Garnish with a slice of fresh pineapple or a sprig of mint.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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