This weekend marks a special occasion in the life of Kentuckian. The Kentucky Derby is Saturday and gives us a moment to reflect, to celebrate, and most importantly to remember the horse racing traditions of our great state. Many will put on fine dresses, hats, carrying themselves with beauty and class. While mint juleps are cited as the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, most Kentuckians loathe them and would rather drink bourbon straight or as a mule. This cocktail is an updated take on a Kentucky mule and is light enough for long days in the heat or house parties playing multiple rounds of cornhole. Served with a fresh round of fresh lime, festive straw, and in a mason jar, it’s approachable, fun, and perfectly styled for my old Kentucky home.
Keep reading for the full recipe after the jump!
Honey Lavender Bourbon Ale
- 1/2 C ice
- 4 oz ginger beer
- Juice of a lime, plus garnish
- 1 T honey lavender simple syrup (find recipe here)
- 2 oz bourbon (we use Bulleit, made in my hometown on the Urban Bourbon Trail)
Place ice in mason jar. Add simple syrup. Pour in shot of bourbon. Stir with long handled spoon. Squeeze juice of lime. Stir again. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with round of fresh lime. Cheers and may your horse win!!