This Kentucky Mule recipe is a delicious twist on a traditional Moscow Mule cocktail. Kentucky bourbon, ginger beer and fresh squeezed lime juice make this an easy 3-ingredient cocktail, perfect for any party and any season.
Originally published in 2014 – Photos and Text updated January 2018.
I’d like you to meet the Kentucky Mule – the Moscow Mule’s older, southern cousin.
Being from Illinois I am pretty lucky to have so many states around our borders – Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri. And Kentucky.
I’ve had a love affair with Kentucky for awhile. It started off with a trip to Louisville one summer, followed by 2 road trip/houseboat vacations on Lake Cumberland in southern Kentucky. All I really need to complete my love affair is a tour around the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
Kentucky Mule Recipe
As far as cocktails go, mule recipes are one of the easiest. Basic Moscow Mules only require 3 ingredients – vodka, ginger beer, and fresh lime juice. My Kentucky mule recipes switches out the vodka for bourbon.
Use these tips to make the perfect Kentucky Mule recipe:
- Quality bourbon will bring this easy cocktail to the next level. My favorite is Bulleit and I use it for all of my bourbon cocktails.
- Use large ice cubes instead of traditionally sized ice cubes. The ice will keep the drink cold without diluting the flavor.
- Fresh lime juice is a must.
- Rocks glasses or highballs are a great substitute for expensive copper mugs.
If you would like to try out some more Moscow Mule variations, I have two more excellent cocktails for you.
The orange Italian mule adds Fernet Braca for a herby twist. For St. Patricks day, try the Blarney Stone cocktail. Instead of bourbon, use Irish Whiskey. If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, this orange Moscow mule will hit the spot.
This Kentucky Mule is a delicious twist on a traditional Moscow Mule cocktail. Kentucky bourbon, ginger beer and fresh squeezed lime juice make this an easy 3-ingredient cocktail, perfect for any party and any season.
- 1.5 ounces bourbon
- ginger beer
- the juice of 1 lime
Add ice to a copper mug or a rocks glass. Pour the bourbon over the ice, add the lime juice, and fill up the glass with ginger beer. Garnish with additional lime slices.
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 126kcal Calories from fat 1|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||8%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|