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Kentucky Mule Recipe

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Moscow Mule with a twist: Kentucky Mule Recipe – Made with Kentucky bourbon, ginger beer and fresh squeezed lime juice, this easy to make 3-ingredient cocktail recipe is perfect for any party and any season.

This post has been sponsored by Powell & Mahoney, but all opinions are my own.

We spent last weekend in Louisville, Kentucky for one of my best friend’s wedding. Both my husband and I were a part of the wedding party and we had the best time we’ve had for a long time. Needless to say, we have done a lot of dancing and drinking.

Speaking of drinking, since this was our first time in Kentucky we decided to stay an extra day to do some touristy things like Bourbon tasting. I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “Kentucky”, one of the first things that come to my mind is Kentucky bourbon. Having been a lover of whiskey, bourbon, and various cocktails made with them, I was excited to learn more about how it is produced, ways to enjoy bourbon, and do some tasting.

Kentucky Mule Recipe

In addition to visiting a few distilleries, we made it a point to order bourbon based drinks in every restaurant we ate. My favorite of them all was Kentucky Mule. Made with mixing bourbon with ginger beer and a squeeze of freshly squeezed lime juice, it was incredibly flavorful and refreshing.

So when my friends at reached out and asked if I could share a recipe for the launch of their ginger beers on , I knew exactly what recipe I wanted to share.

This is not my first time featuring Powell & Mahoney on Foolproof Living. You might remember them from this and recipes that I shared in the past.

I am a big fan of their ginger beer and cocktail mixers not only because they are a New England-based company, but also because their products is made with natural and unrefined sugars.

You need 3 ingredients to make Kentucky Mule: Kentucky Bourbon, ginger beer, and freshly squeezed lime juice.

Kentucky Mule Recipe

While the ingredients are simple and easy to understand, when you do a little research you see that the terminology differs quite a bit based on the type of whiskey or bourbon used and the region it is produced.

Ingredient 1 – Bourbon or Whiskey

As the name suggests, in order for it to be called Kentucky Mule, it needs to be made with bourbon made in Kentucky. A few well-known bourbon brands based in Kentucky are Jim Bean, Maker’s Mark, and Buillet.

Though I have to say, during our time in Louisville we saw that there were many other alternatives to these big brand names. Even some of the restaurants we went to served cocktails made with their own bourbon. So feel free to play around with various bourbon brands you have on hand when making this drink.

With that being said, you can totally make this drink using whiskey. A popular alternative to this Kentucky Mule recipe is Tennessee Mule. As you can imagine, this version is made with whiskey produced in Tennessee, Jack Daniels being one of the most well known brand.

Kentucky Mule Recipe

Here you might ask, how is Moscow Mule different than Kentucky Mule?

The answer is simple, the original Moscow mule recipe is made with vodka while this version is made with bourbon, which is why this drink is also called Bourbon Mule.

Ingredient 2: Ginger Beer For Moscow Mule with Whiskey or Bourbon

The second ingredient is ginger beer.

If you are new to making your own Moscow mules you might confuse it with ginger ale. While they might sound similar in name, they are different in that ginger beer has a more robust flavor and is spicier than ginger ale.

Kentucky Mule Recipe

Also, ginger ale is mostly treated as a milder alternative to alcohol or soda whereas ginger beer’s flavor makes it easy to serve it on its own or mixed in a cocktail similar to our Kentucky mule.

When it comes to ginger beer, I am a big fan of as it is made without using refined sugars. Plus, in addition to regular ginger beer, they offer a that is so SO delicious.

You can make this Kentucky Mule recipe using both flavors. If you are using the blood orange version, you can garnish it with a slice of blood orange instead of lime.

Ingredient 3: Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

Last ingredient is the lime juice. I know most people prefer to buy lime juice from the supermarket and I agree that it is convenient. However, I think the extra few minutes you spend squeezing your own lime juice is worth it for the best Kentucky mule drink.

Kentucky Mule Recipe

Optional Garnishes for the Best Moscow Mule with Bourbon

As you can see in the pictures, I used some fresh mint leaves and a thinly sliced lime. However, while it is not traditional, you can jazz it up with lemon and orange slices as well.

The process is very simple. To make a Kentucky Mule:

- Fill a copper mug or cocktail glass with ice: I prefer cubed ice, but you can serve it with crushed ice as well.

- Pour in the bourbon and lime juice

Kentucky Mule Recipe

- Top it off with ginger beer: Give it a quick stir.

- Garnish and serve: Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of fresh mint. Serve!

It takes less than 5 minutes to put it all together, which makes it a great drink to serve in parties.

I think the best thing about this all American cocktail is that you can easily switch things up and create fun drinks using different brands and types of alcohol, fruits, flavored ginger beers, and garnishes. Below is a quick fun video that I made to celebrate Powell & Mahoney’s ginger beer being available on Amazon Prime.

You can get the written recipe for Blueberry Moscow Mule .

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