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Front view of kentucky mule with lime and mint garnish.

Kentucky Mule

  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Our Kentucky Mule swaps out vodka for bourbon to put a classic twist on a Moscow mule. Served in a copper mug with lime juice, ginger beer, and a sprig of mint, this cocktail is well-balanced and super refreshing.


Units Scale
  • 2 fl ounces bourbon
  • 3/4 fl ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 fl ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 fl ounce orange juice
  • 4-6 fl ounce ginger beer
  • Mint and lime slices to garnish


  1. Add bourbon, lime juice, simple syrup, and orange juice to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a copper mug filled with ice.
  3. Top with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a lime wedge. 


Don't shake or stir the ginger beer: To preserve the carbonation in the ginger beer, be sure to pour it out last, over the other ingredients.

Freshly squeeze your juices: If you can, opt for freshly squeezed lime and orange juices for maximum flavor.

Use a bourbon priced somewhere in the middle, which will offer the best blend of value and flavor.

Copper mug: A copper mug is the traditional flourish for a Mule, but it also helps to keep the drink super cold, making it even more refreshing.

  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Shaker
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cocktail
  • Calories: 274
  • Sugar: 32.9 g
  • Sodium: 20.5 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 34.6 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 0.2 g

Keywords: kentucky mule