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How to Make a Kentucky Mule?

You've just finished a long day, and it's time to unwind. You want to sit back and enjoy a beverage or two by yourself or with some friends—and maybe even tell some jokes. You might want to start by learning how to make a Kentucky mule. In this article, we'll help you decide which option is best for you: making the drink yourself or calling your bartender over for some expert assistance in this classy cocktail.

A Kentucky mule is a cocktail made with 3 main ingredients. A classic cocktail that is easy to make, and easy to drink. Invented in Kentucky, it's a variation of the Moscow mule—which is the most popular cocktail in the United States and is traditionally served in a copper mug.

Kentucky Mule is 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.

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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. There are several different types available, but I recommend using something that's been aged at least three years in order to capture all the complex flavors characteristic of this spirit. In particular, if you're looking for something with an unusual flavor profile, look for a more expensive brand rather than an off-brand knockoff that may not be worth the money spent on it alone.

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? You'll have plenty of options as long as you keep these things in mind when selecting your next round!

Ginger Beer

Ginger beer is a non-alcoholic drink that's made from ginger, water, and sugar. 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. If you're looking for something extremely refreshing on a hot day (or night), then adding this ingredient will definitely do the trick!

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, so you need enough of it!

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!

The Kentucky mule has been around for quite some time now, so if you've never had one before then this might be your chance! If not, then here are some tips on how to make one.

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. You can also mix up some crushed ice with some water if you want; this will make sure that your drink stays cold enough while still allowing for plenty of flavors to come through!

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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