An Irish Mule is the traditional Moscow Mule ratio, with Irish whiskey instead of vodka! Irish whiskey, no matter what brand you use, is a fantastic pairing with the bite of ginger and zest of lime. Make it for St. Patrick’s Day or a sunny afternoon spent on a patio. Serves 1.
There are so many options for libations on St. Patrick’s Day. For many it’s a proper pint of Guinness. For others it’s a shamrock shake. While for others, it’s all about the Irish whiskey.
If you say you drink green beer, let me just say… NO. No, no, no.
The Irish whiskey cocktail zone is where you will find me every time. I love pairing use it in place of spirits in classic cocktails (I’ll link to some others further below if you are interested in going down that rabbit hole with me!).
You really can’t go wrong with the combination of ginger and whiskey, so why not add that Irish whiskey in place of vodka in a mule?
This is my twist on the basic moscow mule, with Irish whiskey instead of vodka. You only need three ingredients and it’s all built in a copper mug (I.e. less barware to clean once you are done making it). I love to throw on a green garnish of lime and mint, but it’s just as fabulous without it for a weeknight spent on the patio.
Irish whiskey – personally, I like to use Jameson Irish Whiskey as the main ingredient for this cocktail! Of course, if there’s a different Irish whiskey you prefer, you can use that instead.
lime juice – fresh lime juice is what I recommend versus store-bought, because the flavor is a lot more vibrant and light.
ginger beer – ginger beer is a non-alcoholic beverage that’s bubbly and has a big kick of ginger! I prefer brands that are spicier like fever-tree ginger beer. However, if you prefer less spice, there are other brands out there that you can defer to like bundaberg ginger beer.
this recipe’s must haves
If you want to get the look you see here, check out these gorgeous (and totally affordable, btw) floral moscow mule mugs. I always recommend having a set of standard moscow mule mugs on hand for all your mule needs! They are also great for other chilled cocktails because the copper mugs keep them colder for longer.
here’s how to make an Irish mule
measure and stir
Fill a copper mug three-quarters full with crushed ice (don’t have crushed ice? No worries! Regular ice cubes will do here too!). Add Irish whiskey, lime juice and ginger beer. Give a brief stir to combine.
I like to give my Irish mule a little glam up with a lime wheel and a spring of mint. The scent of the mint really compliments the Irish whiskey, plus it looks a little more festive!
tips for success
Chill the ginger beer. I never like to use room temperature mixers in my cocktails, so I always recommend chilling your ginger beer before making this cocktail. It’ll stay colder longer, therefore not letting the ice dilute it right away.
Serve it for a party! Thinking of having a party and want to serve this mule? This easy cocktail is fantastic for a “make your own” station! Simply write out the instructions below (I like to print mine since my handwriting is garbage LOL, and then stick it in a frame from the Dollar Store). Then have the three ingredients ready to go with jiggers, stirring spoons, mugs, and plenty of ice nearby. This also saves you from having to make everyone a cocktail throughout the party!
Why is a mule served in a copper cup?
Copper is actually very good at conducting temperature – that means that it’ll keep cold drinks colder for longer! I love to serve a mule in copper mugs because the ice doesn’t melt as fast, so the cocktail doesn’t water down so quickly.
But don’t worry, if you don’t have a copper mug, this cocktail will work just as well in a highball cocktail glass!
How many cocktails does this recipe make?
This recipe makes one cocktail! That way you can easily scale it up as needed for however many you need.
Need some more inspiration for the St. Patrick’s Day? Check out my St. Patrick’s Day recipes page.
what to serve with an Irish mule
I usually gravitate towards Irish whiskey even more around St. Patrick’s Day. Hey, I’m creature of habit, ok? Anyway, the sharp zest of this cocktail is primed for some seriously good eats with some heaviness to them. That’s right, I’m talking about beef (both corned and not!). Here are a few favorites to try:
- Instant Pot Guinness Corned Beef is how to make corned beef the easy way! Tender, juicy, and flavorful.
- If you already have corned beef and need a creative way to use it, I suggest this Irish take on a Canadian classic – Corned Beef Poutine.
- Just in case you want to warm up with something traditional, this Instant Pot Irish Beef Stew is warm and hearty. Perfect for serving over mashed potatoes!
- 2 oz Irish whiskey
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 4 oz ginger beer
- Crushed ice
- Garnish: lime wedge, fresh mint
- Fill a copper mug halfway with crushed ice. Pour in Irish whiskey, lime juice, and ginger beer.
- Add ice to fill the rest of the way and stir briefly. Garnish with a lime wheel and fresh mint sprig. Serve.