How to Make a Kentucky Mule?

Unwind with a Kentucky Mule

After a long day, it's time to unwind. Whether you're alone or with friends, a Kentucky Mule is a perfect cocktail to enjoy. This article will guide you on how to make this classic cocktail yourself or get some expert assistance from your bartender.

A Kentucky Mule is a cocktail made with three main ingredients. It's a variation of the Moscow Mule, the most popular cocktail in the United States, traditionally served in a copper mug. It's a sweet, refreshing cocktail that's perfect for any party or gathering. It's not too strong and doesn't have a ton of alcohol in it, so you can enjoy it without getting drunk.

How to Make a Kentucky Mule

This recipe is simple, you just need the following ingredients:


The first ingredient in a Kentucky Mule is bourbon. You don't need to go out and buy a bottle of Jim Beam or Maker's Mark; any decent bourbon will do just fine. I recommend using something that's been aged at least three years to capture all the complex flavors characteristic of this spirit. When selecting your bourbon for this drink recipe, consider what type of taste you want from your drink: sweet? A little bitter? Smooth? Stronger than usual?

Ginger Beer

Ginger beer is a non-alcoholic drink that's made from ginger, water, and sugar. It's a carbonated beverage that is produced through fermentation and it's typically served over ice. The spicy taste of ginger beer makes it perfect for summertime drinking because it refreshes your palate.

Lime Juice

Lime juice is the third ingredient in this recipe, and it’s a key component to making a Kentucky Mule. It provides tartness and balance to the drink.

Lime Wedge

Use a lemon wedge or any garnish of your choice. It is the perfect way to add beauty and a little trick on top of it.

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When to Serve a Kentucky Mule

A Kentucky Mule is a great cocktail to serve at parties and get-togethers. It's also a fun take on the classic Moscow Mule that you can make at home, or even better yet, bring to the bar!

Step 1. Prepare a Copper Mug or a Glass of Your Choice

You can use either a glass or mug as long as it’s made from copper as it keeps the beverage chill.

Step 2. Add Ice to Your Glass

If you are going to serve this drink in a regular glass, you should add ice cubes first so that they melt slightly before pouring your drink.

Step 3. Pour the Bourbon, Lime Juice, and Ginger Beer into the Mug You Prepared

In one serving or in your copper mug pour 2 ounces of bourbon, ½ ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice, and fill the glass with ginger beer. Stir gently to combine ingredients.

Step 4. Add Garnish with a Lime Wedge and Drink Up!

The lime wedge is optional, but it really gives the drink a nice touch and also adds a cool taste.


Making a delicious cocktail is fun and easy. I hope you enjoyed this simple recipe for making a Kentucky Mule. If you are looking for more cocktail recipes, be sure to check out other cocktail recipes by visiting our blog.

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