I'm all for classics but sometimes I need a change, know what I mean? The Kentucky Derby is all about big hats and Juleps but I've just never been convinced about that cocktail (big hats, on the other hand, yes)!. But, I'm sure you realize I have a never-ending love for all things ginger so I tweaked my favorite ginger-y cocktail, the Moscow Mule, to make it Derby worthy.
plus one lime wheel for garnish
Wrap a few handfuls of ice cubes in a clean towel and, using a rolling pin or muddler, tap on it until all the ice is broken up and crushed.
Fill a tall glass or Moscow mule mug with a lime and the leaves of two sprigs of mint and muddle. Add ice, pour in the bourbon, and fill with the ginger beer. Garnish with mint and serve.