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Kentucky Mule

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.

1 kentucky mule in a grey glass

I’d like you to meet the Kentucky Mule – the Moscow Mule’s older and more distinguished 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.

One day…

bourbon being poured into a glass
lime juice being squeezed

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How to Make a Kentucky Mule

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 recipe switches out the vodka for bourbon.

Add ice to a copper mug or a rocks glass. Then pour the bourbon over the ice, add the lime juice, and fill up the glass with ginger beer. Garnish with additional lime slices. And that’s it!

These tips will help you 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.
  • Garnish! Use fresh lime slices or candied ginger.
ginger beer being poured into a Kentucky Mule
Kentucky mule in a glass being held

More Moscow Mule Variations

If you would like to try out some more Moscow Mule variations, I have some excellent cocktails for you.

The orange Italian mule adds Fernet Braca for an 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. Or my blackberry Moscow mule which uses jam!

Kentucky Mule recipe in two glasses with all of the ingredients
Kentucky Mule cocktail pin
Kentucky Mule

Kentucky Mule

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

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.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces bourbon
  • ginger beer
  • juice of 1 lime

Instructions

  1. 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.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 0gSugar: 48gProtein: 0g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 1/22/2019

Originally published in 2014 – Photos and Text updated January 2018.

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Williams

Saturday 12th of October 2019

I love to cook, learn and update new recipes for my daily menu, which makes me always interested in my work. Today's my lucky day, Kentucky Mule recipe is great, just follow the instructions and everything is easy, I like that. Thanks for your sharing

Toroso Restaurant

Wednesday 12th of June 2019

I love this recipe, I made it easily thanks to your detailed instructions

National Restaurant

Monday 3rd of June 2019

Very excited to try this!🙂 Thank you for sharing!

Mary@lasesana

Tuesday 28th of May 2019

I have ‘t known that there are a lot versions of this by using different wines and given tips are useful, many thanks for sharing.

Kimberley Pereda

Friday 12th of April 2019

One of my favorite cocktails. Ginger and anything is usually good, but being a bourbon guy I can't get enough of these. Crushed ice in my Kentucky Mules and Mint Juleps. Really keeps it chilled in the copper mug.

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