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posted: 03/27/20

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A Kentucky Mule – sometimes called an Irish mule – is a Moscow Mule made with whiskey instead of vodka. Only three ingredients and so delicious!

a copper mug filled with ice for a Kentucky mule, garnished with mint leaves, two lime wedges next to it

We made it to Friday, friends! If you are new to working from home with kids, this post is just for you. A delicious, cold cocktail that is well deserved.

WHAT IS A KENTUCKY MULE

A Kentucky Mule, also known as an Irish Mule, is basically just a Moscow Mule in which you switch out the vodka for whiskey.

If you are making a Kentucky Mule, you obviously want to go with Kentucky made whiskey.

Of course if you are a Jameson fan, throw that in your copper mug and call this an Irish Mule recipe.

HOW TO MAKE A KENTUCKY MULE

There is no shame in just filling a copper mug with the three ingredients you need for this cocktail, giving it a stir and garnishing it. But! You could also get fancy.

  1. In the base of a mixing glass, muddle together a lime wedge and four mint leaves.
  2. Add in the bourbon, ginger beer, and lime juice.
  3. Stir to combine and pour into an ice filled copper mug.
overhead view of two copper mugs filled with ice, garnished with lime wedges and fresh mint to make an Irish mule recipe

RYE OR BOURBON?

Typically this delicious cocktail is made with Bourbon. The primary difference between Rye and Bourbon Whiskey is that Bourbon has to be distilled from at least 51% corn, whereas Rye needs to be 51% Rye.

If you only have Rye on hand, I encourage you to still make this. You will find it just as amazing as the original.

COPPER MUGS

Most often Moscow Mules are served in copper mugs as a matter of tradition. I will add that they are extremely fun to drink out of, and keep your drink very cold.

But a small tumbler works just fine. As you can tell, I’m not a stickler for the rules when it comes to cocktails.

OTHER GREAT MOSCOW MULES

If you can’t get enough of Moscow Mules, you’ve met the right girl. I love a good twist on a classic cocktail, and I’ve done my fair share of twisting here.

If you make this cocktail and love it, leave me a comment and let me know!

two copper mugs filled with ice, garnished with fresh mint with whiskey int he background and a metal jigger to make Irish mules
a copper mug filled with ice for a Kentucky mule, garnished with mint leaves, two lime wedges next to it
5 from 2 votes

Kentucky Mule

Serves: 1 cocktail
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
A Kentucky Mule – sometimes called an Irish mule – is a Moscow Mule made with whiskey instead of vodka. Only three ingredients and so delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Kentucky Whiskey
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • fresh mint for garnish (optional)
  • lime wedge for ganrish (optional)

Instructions

  • Fill a copper mug with ice. (See note about taking this cocktial up a notch.)
  • Add the Kentucky Whiskey, ginger beer, and lime juice.
  • Stir to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint sprig.

Notes

To take this cocktail up a notch:
  1. Muddle a lime wedge and four mint leaves in the bottom of a mixing glass.
  2. Add in bourbon, ginger beer, and lime juice. 
  3. Stir to combine and pour into an ice filled copper mug.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
a copper mug filled with ice for a Kentucky mule, garnished with mint leaves, two lime wedges next to it

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  1. Wanda D. says

    5 stars
    This looks really good. I like trying new drinks. Thanks for sharing thing. I will try it.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love it Wanda!

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