Smoky Lemon Mule Recipe

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These smoky lemon mules are a twist on the classic Moscow Mule. They’re made with fresh lemon juice and a little mezcal to give it the smoky flavor.

Lemon Mules in a copper mug with a lemon candy and ginger beer.

What’s in a Lemon Mule?

If you love a smoky flavor these lemon mules are for you! These smoky lemon mules are made with lemon juice, vodka, ginger syrup, ginger beer, and mezcal. They’re refreshing with a sweet and smoky flavor.

Lemon mule being poured into a copper mug.

What is Mezcal?

Mezcal is a Mexican distilled alcohol made form Agave. It has a very smoky flavor to it and it’s one of the most popular spirits in Mexica. You can read more about Mezcal here.

Lemon Zest going over the top of a lemon cocktail.

Ginger Syrups

There are several ginger syrups you can use to make a lemon mule. You can even make your own. Here are a few of our favorites. Buy one and keep it on hand when you make Moscow Mules.

Overhead of a lemon mule with lemon zest.

Ginger Beers

We like a very gingery Moscow Mule, so not only do we use ginger syrup to sweeten the cocktail, but we also use ginger beer to top it off for some fizz. The extra ginger flavor really adds to the cocktail.

Here are a few of our favorite ginger beers brands you can buy in the grocery store.

Close up photo of a classic lemon stick in a Moscow Mule.

Garnish the smoky lemon mule with a classic lemon twist candy stick. They’re nostalgic and also taste delicious in the cocktail! You can also garnish the cocktail with candied ginger, lemon wedge or a candied lemon.

Lemon mule outside on a table with a lemon wedge and lemon stick.

Copper Mugs

Girl holding a copper mug with a lemon mule inside.


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Smoky Lemon Mule

A twist on a classic Moscow Mule, these Smoky Lemon Mules are made with fresh lemon juice and Mezcal!
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 214kcal
Author: Eden


  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 3/4 ounce ginger syrup
  • 1/2 ounce mezcal
  • 2 ounces ginger beer


  • Add all of the ingredients in a copper mug and stir.
  • Add in ice and garnish with a lemon wedge and candy stick


If you don’t want the cocktail to be smoky, leave out the mezcal. 
Use a store-bought ginger syrup to make it easier.
Always use fresh lemon juice. 


Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin C: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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