The Irish Mule is a refreshing cocktail made with ginger beer, lime juice and whiskey. Enjoy this on Saint Patrick’s Day or any time of year!
There are any number of things you can drink on Saint Patrick’s Day. Most people might opt for a Guinness, or even a green beer. When I was a kid I was partial to the shamrock shake. But you can really never go wrong with Irish whiskey, especially when mixed with ginger beer and lime juice. It may not be a very traditionally Irish drink, but it still tastes pretty great.
You can really never go wrong with Irish whiskey, especially when mixed with ginger beer and lime juice.
The Irish Mule is really just a twist on the Moscow Mule, but it replaces the vodka with whiskey. The traditional copper Moscow Mule mug works equally well with this drink, keeping the drink refreshingly cold and also making you feel extra fancy while drinking out of it. Fancy drinking vessel wins over non fancy drinking vessel almost every time.
This drink is a snap to mix up, and before you know it you can be drinking this while eating corned beef and cabbage and singing along to Danny Boy. I prefer ginger beer to ginger ale, as it has a stronger ginger taste. I love Bundaberg but feel free to use your favorite brand. Reed’s is also good, and Trader Joe’s carries a great ginger beer as well. Add some fresh squeezed lime juice, whiskey and a sprig of mint (optional), and you have yourself the tastiest drink to toast the old country with.
How are you planning on celebrating St. Paddy’s day?
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The Irish Mule
- 2 ounces irish whiskey
- 6 ounces ginger beer or more!
- juice of half a lime about 1 ounce
- lime slices optional, for garnish
- mint sprig (optional for garnish
- Fill a copper mug (or other glass) with ice. Pour in whiskey and lime juice, top with ginger beer. Stir to mix, garnish with lime slices and mint sprig.
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I love Irish Mules especially on St Patrick’s Day! If you want a lower calorie option because ginger beer has crazy calories, try this recipe:
2 ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
4 ounces LAVA Premium Lime & Ginger Beer Mule Mix
1/2 ounce club soda or soda water
shaken and served in copper mug
garnished with mint leaves
Jason Bell says
Very solid recipe, I used Pearse Irish whiskey and the recommended ginger beer. A fantastic social cocktail!
So glad to hear that!
Maureen reed says
Had a Jameson’s Ginger and Lime at the Distillery in Dublin last summer, I’ve tried to replicate the drink, but no luck. This must be it!! Thanks!💚
Hope you love it Maureen!
Does anyone have this drink, Irish Mule recipe in large quantities, I’m making an Irish Mule display at my sons wedding next Saturday as it’s my sons favorite, it will be a nice feature as I bought a hundred copper mule mugs to serve it. So please any ideas will be appreciated!
Hi Melva – I have never made it in large batches, but you could just multiply the quantities by 100 to make sure you have enough. I think it would be better to make them in smaller batches so that the alcohol is distributed evenly (rather than some people getting very strong drinks or some people getting very weak drinks). You could also just have a make your own Irish mule bar with the directions!
Made this drink on St. Patrick’s day and told my husband it was a iriah mule, he didnt believe me. Thanks for posting the recipe and scoring my some right points.
Haha, always glad to help! Thanks James!
Try this recipie with A KENTUCKY SPIN ON IT.
1-part lime juice
2-part ginger beer
YOU CAN JUST USE THE BOTTLE OF LIME JUICE INSTEAD OF FRESH LIMES, WORKS WELL FOR ME.
Sounds great, thanks Todd!
Robert Duffner says
Great recipe, to me it’s the Ginger beer you selected that makes this drink!! P.s a variation remove the mint and add a couple dashes of bitters for a less sweet variation.
Thank you Robert! I agree, the bundaberg ginger beer is the best! I love the idea of adding bitters, great idea!
Kristy B. Miller says
The Irish mule looks delightful and you’ve served the mule very beautifully.I am going to try it as soon as possible.
Thank you for sharing simple and delicious recipe of Irish mule.
will look forward for more 🙂
Thank you Kristy!
I personally am not a big drinker. My husband and I came across a pub on our anniversary trip and decided why not. The bar keep asked me a couple questions of what I like and made it for me. Since then this has been my utmost favorite drink.
That is great Andrea! I hope you get to keep enjoying them at home!
Ashleigh @Dash of Evans says
I have everything for this drink! YAY! Byeeee nasty green beer! Okay, I totally would still drink that too. But whiskey is so.much.better.
Yes! So much. Thanks Ashleigh!
Jennifer A Stewart says
Grat cups! Love the twist of Irish Whiskey! We are bourbon drinkers in our house but will be great all the same!!
Thanks Jennifer! Bourbon will work great here 🙂
I want some of the copper mugs so badly!! haha but I don’t drink much other than wine … would that be weird in them?? 😉
This drink sounds soo fun! I love ginger beer – so nice and spicy!
Not weird AT ALL. It will keep the wine nice and cold 😉 Actually despite the many cocktails I post here, I mostly drink wine too. Thanks Ashley!
Traci | Vanilla And Bean says
I just discovered Ginger Beer last Fall. Can you believe it!?! And now, I prefer it too. This Irish Mule sounds like I’d loooove it! Hands down Bourbon and Ginger Beer are perfect partners.. and I’ve been playing with some concoctions of my own.. Looking forward to trying this one Meghan! Like those fancy cups too! 😀
They go together like PB&J! Thanks so much Traci, I bet you wil love it!
jane @ littlesugarsnaps says
Fantastic! I much prefer ginger beer to ginger ale too. As well as a better taste I think it looks more appealing too – especially when mixed with whiskey and mint.
Yes, it really has more substance to it! Thanks Jane!
Dini @ The Flavor Bender says
This looks awesome Meghan!! I love a good mule, and I agree with you… it’s very hard to get it wrong with some good Irish Whiskey! Definitely can celebrate St Patricks Day with this 🙂
Thanks so much Dini!
Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
First of all, I love those coper mugs. I wanted to buy them for so long and now it the time, I guess! 🙂 Ginger beer, lime juice, and Irish whiskey? Wow! This must be a deeeelicious combo! 🙂
Thanks Anu! The mugs are great!
Dawn at Girl Heart Food says
These look awesome and I love the mugs!! You can’t go wrong with this combination. St. Paddy’s Day celebrations may have to start a little early 😉 Cheers girl!
Thank you Dawn! The mugs make it extra fun 🙂
demeter | beaming baker says
Ginger beer, lime juice, and Irish whiskey? Guuuurl, you sure know how to mix a drink! Meghan, you seriously make the most beautiful, classy and creative drinks. I feel like you’re really expanding my libations horizon. Is that a thing? LOL. No big celebrations for me for St. Paddy’s day. Just working and baking. 🙂 Happy Monday, Meghan! xo P.S. Pinning, of course!
Aww, thank you so much Demeter! Expanding libation horizons is definitely a thing! Thank you for the pin too!
Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet says
What a fabulous twist on a mule drink! I love it! Hope you are doing well, sweet friend. Have a fabulous Monday!
Thank you dear! Doing much better these days 🙂
Oh Lord. This drink is pretty much all me. Irish whiskey is my poison of choice, and I adore ginger-limey things. It’s a supremely underrated flavor combo! I think the best part is the ease., when you want a great cocktail but don’t want to get out all your bar toys. Can’t wait to try it.
Gigner lime is the best! Thank you Annie, I hope you love it!
Amazing photos! You make me thirsty!
Thank you so much Josephine!
My Dish is Bomb says
MINE. I’ve never had a mule and I now declare that it is my favourite drink. I’m not a big St. Patrick’s Day celebrator, but that’s probably because I once died the milk green when I was little and freaked out my entire family. I think this is a much better way to celebrate 🙂 Pinning! And making!
Haha, I think I may have dyed my milk green one year too. Yes, this drink is a MUCH better way to celebrate! Thanks Katy!
These pictures are amazing!! The copper mule cups are a great base for the elegance you
display~~how could you NOT enjoy that
Friday Happy Hour!? Fun-looking recipe~?
Thanks! The mugs make it extra fun!