This Kentucky Mule Cocktail is a spin on the classic Moscow mule. Made with bourbon instead of vodka, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and spicy ginger beer. You'll love this delicious twist on a classic cocktail.
These bourbon mules are super refreshing, and sort of a mix between a mint julep, and an original Moscow mule recipe. Perfect for any happy hour, or a Kentucky Derby Party! Served in a copper mug and a sprig of mint, this drink will become one of your new favorite things!
❤️Why you'll love this
- Simple ingredients. You only need 3 staple ingredients for this drink. Nothing fancy!
- Suitable for different diet types. This drink is naturally vegan and gluten free, and can be made sugar free and keto-friendly with one simple swap!
- Quick & easy. You can literally mix this drink up in your mug, no shaker required. Just pour and serve!
Here are the ingredients you will need. You can find the full quantities and nutritional information in the recipe card.
- Ginger beer
- Fresh lime juice
- Kentucky bourbon - This Kentucky mule drink wouldn't be complete without Kentucky bourbon! The rule of thumb for if a type of whiskey is considered bourbon or not is that it has to be made with at least 51% corn, and it must be aged in oak barrels. It's also probably made in Kentucky, but it doesn't have to be.
- Fresh mint sprig - This is more inspired by a mint julep, but it is refreshing and adds a subtle freshness to the drink, though it is mainly a garnish.
- Lime slices or a lime wedge - For garnish.
✨Substitutions and Variations
Here are a few simple suggestions to switch this drink up!
- Irish mule - Use your favorite brand of Irish whiskey, like Jameson.
- Tennessee mule-Just use Tennessee whiskey, like Jack Daniels!
- Keto-friendly - Use diet ginger beer in place of regular. We do this quite often, and it significantly decreased the sugar content in this drink.
- Swap ginger ale for ginger beer - These mixers are quite different, but if you prefer, you can use ginger ale instead of ginger beer.
- Make sure the ginger beer is placed in the fridge at least a few hours before so that it's nice and cold.
- Squeeze lime juice.
- Cut lime wheels for garnish (optional).
Add lime juice (Image 1) and bourbon (Image 2) to ice-filled copper mugs.
Top with ginger beer (Image 3) and stir to combine. (Image 4)
Garnish with fresh mint (Image 5) and lime slices (Image 6).
That's it! Enjoy!
✨Tips & Tricks
- Use freshly squeezed lime juice. Since there are so few ingredients in this recipe,
- Chill the ginger beer. Make sure the ginger beer is cold, or the ice will melt too much and water down the drink.
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💭Frequently Asked Questions
We don't recommend fully preparing this drink ahead of time. However, you can squeeze fresh lime juice and keep it in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 3 days ahead of time. You can also cut lime wedges or slices a day or so in advance.
Yes, it can with a few considerations. Make sure you add the ginger beer right before serving, or it will go flat. We recommend pouring the mixture over ice in glasses, rather than adding glass to the punch bowl or pitcher.
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- 1.5 ounces bourbon whiskey
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 4 ounces ginger beer
- Ice for mug
- Lime slices and mint for garnish
- Add ice to a copper mug. Pour in lime juice, and bourbon. Then top with ginger beer, then stir with a bar spoon. Garnish with a sprig of mint and some lime slices. Enjoy!
- Meant to be enjoyed right away. We don't recommend pre-mixing these drinks in advance.
- Swap regular ginger beer for diet to lower the carb and sugar count significantly.