You will love this Tennessee Mule Recipe! It’s is a delicious twist on a classic mule cocktail. This 3-ingredient cocktail recipe is made with Tennessee Whiskey, ginger beer, and lime juice, this drink has a refreshing, one of a kind flavor.
Everyone loves popular cocktails like Moscow Mules. Frosty copper pots served on a warm day, with a fresh mint sprig, make for a refreshing cocktail. A yummy mule family drink made with whiskey, is going to be one of your favorite whisky cocktail recipes.
What is a Tennessee Mule
A Tennessee Mule is a very simple cocktail to make. It’s basically a Moscow Mule, but is altered by replacing the Vodka with whiskey. Although any whiskey can technically be used, it’s called a Tennessee Mule after the Tennessee Whiskeys.
Types of Tennessee Whiskey
There are many types of whiskeys made in Tennessee, that are recommended for this cocktail. One type of whiskey I use is Jack Daniels Old No. 7. Although George Dickel, or Rollins Tennessee Whiskey, are also great whiskeys to use for this drink.
I find that Jack Daniel’s is usually more easily accessible in grocery stores. It is charcoal mellowed, and has a very oaky flavor, which when paired with the ginger beer and lime juice, has just the right country twang for a mixed drink.
When making a whiskey recipe, it’s your flavor and brand preference that matters. You don’t need an expensive whiskey.
- Tennessee whiskey
- Ginger Beer
- Fresh Lime Juice
Garnish: lime, cut into wedges, or a sprig of mint leaves for garnish
If you want a unique flavorful drink, or you are a whiskey connoisseur, feel free to try other whiskey flavors. You can also use lemon juice instead of fresh squeezed lime juice.
How to Make a Tennessee Mule Cocktail
- Fill Moscow Mule mug, highball glass, or cocktail glass with ice.
- Add the whiskey and the ginger beer to the mug.
- Top drink off with the lime juice, then stir ingredients together.
- Garnish with fresh lime wedge or fresh mint leaves and serve.
- If serving this cocktail on ice, to avoid a watery drink, I suggest larger cubed ice because smaller cubes or crushed ice.
- You can add an extra splash of whiskey for a stronger drink, or an extra squeeze of lime juice or ginger beer to change the flavors of this Tennessee Mule.
- This recipe is for one drink. When making two drinks at a time, double the recipe and use a cocktail shaker with ice for easy mixing.
- For a fruity cocktail flavor, add a splash of cherry juice. Or for a cranberry cocktail, add a splash of cranberry juice.
I like to keep garnishes simple, so I garnish with lime wedge. You can also use an orange slice, or top the drink with a cherry, raspberries, or even a mint sprig. For a spicier ginger flavor, you can also garnish with a piece of candied ginger.
Luckily, there are great non-alcoholic whiskey options. Jack’s Tennessee Non-alcoholic whiskey is our first choice, keeping it in Tennessee. Just substitute the alcohol ingredients, and make the recipe as written. You can also use flavored sparkling water for a more refreshing bubbly drink.
Ginger Beer is very different from Ginger Ale. While Ginger beer is a combination of ginger, sugar and water, ginger ale is ginger, sugar, and flavored syrup, along with carbonation for a similar soda taste. If you swap these for this recipe, the flavor of the drink with be different! There is also a spicy ginger beer on the market if you want an even more flavorful drink.
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*Nutritional information is a calculated guesstimate. Please note that this can change with different brands and modifications you may make to the recipe. For the most accurate information, use a nutritional calculator with the exact brands and measurements you’re using with each recipe.
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