Some eye bolts on the transom are very handy things to have. I’d much rather tow with them than patches on tubes. Jky talks sense about an alongside tow. A mile is quite far for that but if you take your time you will get there. Keep your engine completely astern of the broken down boat or you will get no steerage. Going with the tide and wind would obviously help reduce the effort involved too.
If it is a one off, you could try just physically holding it alongside (just with ropes) in calm conditions. I’d rather have some springs though – something like this: