The Story Behind The Kentucky Mule

The Moscow Mule — a simple combination of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice — is a mainstay at every bar. And with a drink this simple, the variations are endless. The Kentucky Mule subs vodka for bourbon — hence its name, which pays tribute to the land of origin of America’s native spirit: bourbon.

Bourbon adds a honeyed sweetness and dose of extra flavor to an otherwise refreshingly light drink. The slight pepperiness inherent to bourbon plays well with the spiciness of ginger beer, and the addition of fresh lime juice imparts the Mule with a sippable zippiness. Just pour into your favorite copper mug with lots of ice, and enjoy!

See our Complete Guide to Mule Drinks including recipes and variations here!


  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3-4 ounces ginger beer
  • Garnish: lime wheel


  1. Fill a copper mug with ice.
  2. Add bourbon, lime juice, and ginger beer and stir to combine.
  3. Garnish with lime wheel.

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Updated: 2022-12-13

The Kentucky Mule Recipe