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Kentucky Mule

Kentucky Mule cocktail
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The Moscow Mule is one of the most popular cocktails in America. The refreshing, effervescent combination of vodka, lime and ginger beer can quench even the biggest thirsts. But while the Moscow Mule is certainly the best known cocktail of its kind, the mule itself is actually a drink category characterized by its use of ginger beer. So, there’s more than one way to mule.

The Kentucky Mule proves that point. It simply subs bourbon in for vodka, hence the “Kentucky” moniker. The bourbon cuts through the ginger more aggressively than vodka, resulting in a more flavorful drink than the original. For the best results, try using a high-quality, spicy ginger beer that will stand up to the whiskey. Or, if you’d like to experiment, you can try your hand at making your own ginger syrup. In that case, use club soda as your bubbly topper.

The Kentucky Mule is exceedingly easy to make. Simply combine your ingredients with plenty of ice in a copper mug, if you’ve got one. The copper helps to keep the drink cold from start to finish. Otherwise, a highball glass will do. Garnish with mint, and you have an American twist on the classic that you’ll want to drink all year long.


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  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • Ginger beer, to top
  • Garnish: mint sprig


  1. Add the bourbon and lime juice to a Moscow Mule mug or a highball glass.

  2. Fill the mug or glass with ice and top with ginger beer.

  3. Garnish with a mint sprig.