Now I know what you are already thinking. I’ve heard of a drug mule and perhaps the drink, Moscow Mule, but what the heck is a Tequila Mule?

In simple terms, it is a Moscow Mule, but will my favorite spirit, Tequila. And since today is National Tequila Day, I thought I would not only share my recipe but also talk a little bit about the origins of the Moscow Mule cocktail.

In order to get the history behind the Moscow Mule and it’s infamous copper mug, I turned to my favorite source of information (no, not Wikipedia), but The Google. After perusing through several websites, here was a great background article about the Moscow Mule here.

According to the story, John Martin, best known as the importer of the A-1 Steak Sauce, in the the 1930s, bought a small distillery called Smirnoff. “One day, while Martin was visiting his friend Jack Morgan who owned the Cock ‘n Bull pub on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, he bemoaned the fact that he couldn’t sell his vodka. Morgan complained he couldn’t sell his ginger beer, a side passion of his that saw cases of it sitting in his restaurant’s basement. And a third person (never identified in any of the stories) lamented that she had copper mugs that she either didn’t want or need. Enter the brainstorm. Could all three benefit from combining their losses? The vodka and ginger beer were mixed with a dash of lime juice and served in copper mugs, imprinted with a kicking mule.”

So there you have it. Magic in a mug. After a quick trip to the grocery store and to Kirkland’s, I am the proud new owner of two copper mugs; whereas although I am part-Russian, I can’t stomach Vodka since an eventful night of drinking martinis 25 years ago. However, when it comes to tequila, I like to think I am somewhat of a conniessuer.

So in order to make your Tequila Mule, here is what you will need:

  • 2 ounces of your favorite tequila
  • 1 ounce of lime juice
  • Five to six medium sized ice cubes
  • Your favorite ginger beer (please note this is NOT ginger ale)
  • Lime
  • Mint

I would highly encourage you to throw your copper mugs into the freezer so they are nicely chilled when it is time to make your Tequila Mule. But if you skip this step, that’s okay, the ice will keep your copper mug nicely chilled.

I like to start off my Tequila Mule by placing the ice cubes into my now chilled copper mug. Pour the tequila and lime juice into the copper mug and then pour perhaps three to four ounces of ginger beer into your copper mug. Take a trusty sharp knife, cut off a wedge of your lime and add a few mint sprigs. Generously stir to mix around your newest and soon favorite drink, the Tequila Mule.

So tonight when I get home, I know I how will be celebrating National Tequila Day, will all of my tequila friends.

Tequila Mule