Mixology: The Kentucky Mule

There’s something about the Moscow mule. Made with notes of winter citrus and the crisp finish of vodka, it is an ode to the winter season but reminds us of the coming spring. With a simple switch, this mule visits my Kentucky roots with a bit of my favorite bourbon.

The full recipe and mix while you make it are after the jump!

The Kentucky Mule

serves one drink


  • 2 oz bourbon (I use Bullett)
  • 6 oz ginger beer
  • 6 mint leaves, extra for garnish
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1/2 C crushed ice
  • 1 lime

Tools (not necessary but helpful):

  • Rolling pin
  • Copper mug
  • Jigger
  • Muddler


Using a muddler, place sprigs of mint, sugar, and juice of half a lime in the bottom of your copper mug. Crush the mint leaves and disperse their oil around the mug. Measure out 2 oz of bourbon. Using a rolling pin and a ziploc bag, crush ice cubes. Add to mug. Fill with 6 oz of ginger beer. Add a sprig of mint and a wedge of lime to garnish. Drink and enjoy!

The Mix

What goes better with Kentucky bourbon than a bit of banjo? I chose one of my favorites from Mumford and Sons to go with this drink. Play it and do some two-stepping in the kitchen while you’re at it.

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