Kentucky Mule

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Bourbon lovers will love this Kentucky mule recipe. It's the same as a Moscow mule, but replaces the vodka with bourbon. Serve the cocktail in a copper mug to keep it cold. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


  • 4 cups ginger beer, chilled
  • 1-1/4 cups bourbon
  • 2/3 cup lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: Lime slices and mint sprigs


  1. Combine ginger beer, bourbon and lime juice in a pitcher. Serve over ice. If desired, serve with lime slices and mint sprigs.
Kentucky Mule Tips

What kind of bourbon should you use to make Kentucky mules?

Unlike a Moscow mule, which features vodka, a Kentucky mule calls for bourbon. The type of bourbon you use to make Kentucky mules comes down to personal preference. Most bourbons have strong notes of vanilla, oak and caramel. In comparison, wheated bourbons are more mellow and soft, while bourbons with a higher amount of rye are spicier.

Can you serve a Kentucky mule in other glasses?

Using the traditional copper mug keeps your cocktail cold longer, but in a pinch, you can also serve a Kentucky mule in a highball glass. Learn more about the different types of cocktail glasses to perfect your bartending skills.

What do you serve with a Kentucky mule?

No Kentucky Derby party would be complete without Kentucky mules! Plan your menu around some of the best recipes from Kentucky, including Benedictine spread, mini hot browns and Derby Day desserts like pecan pie bars and dark chocolate bourbon balls. And don’t forget another favorite beverage—Mint Juleps!

Julie Schnittka, Taste of Home Senior Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 169 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 12mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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