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Kick Back with a Kentucky Mule: A Refreshing Twist on a Classic Cocktail

Written by Emma C | Updated May 2023

Although the popularity of the Moscow Mule has seen fluctuations over time, it remains a beloved and enduring cocktail in the United States. Surprisingly, its birthplace was not in Moscow, but rather in Los Angeles during the 1940s. This refreshingly effervescent concoction brings together the trio of vodka, lime, and ginger beer. The Moscow Mule belongs to a family of cocktails called "bucks," a category of drinks featuring ginger beer and citrus, dating back to the late 1800s. While it stands out as one of the most well-known cocktails of its kind, the term "mule" now encompasses a wider range of libations.

Enter the Kentucky Mule—a clever adaptation that swaps vodka for bourbon, earning its "Kentucky" moniker. By replacing vodka with the robust flavor of bourbon, this variation offers a more pronounced and flavorful experience. The weighty character of bourbon gracefully cuts through the ginger, elevating the drink to a new level of complexity and satisfaction.

Kentucky Mule Cocktail Recipe
Ingredients:
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • Optional: lime wedge for garnish
Directions:

To make the cocktail, fill a copper mug or glass with ice. Add the bourbon and lime juice and stir to combine. Top with ginger beer and stir gently. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

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The Kentucky Mule is a delicious twist on a classic cocktail that's perfect for bourbon lovers. With just a few simple ingredients and a good bottle of bourbon, you can create a refreshing and satisfying drink that's perfect for any occasion. Give it a try and discover your new favorite cocktail.

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