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Kentucky Mule Cocktail Recipe

I’m all for classics but sometimes I need a fun change, you know what I mean? Enter this Kentucky Mule.

The Kentucky Derby, the legendary horse race that’s been held annually in Louisville since 1875, is a great time that’s all about big hats and Mint Juleps but honestly, I’ve just never been convinced about the Mint Julep (big hats, on the other hand, yes!).

Why You’ll like This Recipe

But, as you may have figured out by now, I have a never-ending, deeply passionate love for all things ginger, so I tweaked my all time favorite ginger-y cocktail, the delightful Moscow Mule, to make it Derby worthy, and I came up with this Kentucky Mule Cocktail recipe.

Recipe Ingredients

The ingredients you need to make this recipe are:

  • Ice cubes
  • Lime
  • Mint Leaves
  • Bourbon
  • Chilled ginger beer

How To Make This Recipe

Here’s how you make this:

  1. Crush The Ice: If you have an ice machine, you’re all set. Otherwise, break up the ice until it’s pebble sized.
  2. Build The Mule: In a tall glass or Moscow mule mug, add the lime and mint and muddle then add in ice, bourbon, and ginger beer. 
  3. Garnish And Serve: Top with fresh mint and serve. 

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Now, go stock up on all your cooking essentials, then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

Kentucky Mule Cocktail Recipe

Kentucky Mule Cocktail Recipe

Here we tweaked the Moscow Mule, to make it Derby worthy in this perfect Derby Day cocktail with bourbon and tons of mint. So in this year's Kentucky Derby I will be sipping on this Kentucky Mule Cocktail recipe instead, don't mind me.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Cocktail
Calories 143 kcal


  • Ice
  • 1/2 Lime plus one lime wheel for garnish
  • 3 sprigs fresh mint leaves divided
  • 2 ounces good-quality bourbon
  • Chilled ginger beer


  • Crush The Ice: 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. 
  • Make The Kentucky Mule: 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.



Serving: 1servingCalories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 52mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 144IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword Classic cocktail, Fancy cocktail, Fancy drink, Kentucky Derby
Tried this recipe?Mention @saltandwind or tag #swsociety!

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