I am a little behind on the Moscow Mule train because I could never get on board with a vodka drink. After all, this blog ain’t called Vodka and Lipstick. I am low-maintenance(ish) when it comes to booze: wine, craft beer, and bourbon neat or on the rocks. I don’t do mixed drinks aside from the occasional margarita. But we went to our favorite bar a few weeks ago and they offered a Kentucky Mule- like a traditional Moscow Mule, only made with bourbon. I had to see what all the fuss was about!
I obviously enjoyed it, though their drink was made with ginger syrup, making it a little too sweet for my taste. I opted for ginger beer in my concoction. I love anything local, so my ginger beer came from Butchertown Soda out of Louisville.
Ingredients for a Kentucky Mule:
2 ounces of Bourbon (I used my current go-to, Bulleit)
4 to 6 ounces of Ginger Beer (can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
I used this recipe for reference, though I have no idea how much an ounce is… I eyeballed it. I also prefer more bourbon but that’s just me. I poured my drink over ice; use as many cubes as desired (I use a sphere mold because it melts slower). Add ice to Moscow Mule glass (or whatever glass you prefer), squeeze in lime juice, add bourbon and ginger beer. Stir. Enjoy.
I love how the spiciness of the ginger mixes with the bourbon. Delicious!
And for all of my Kentucky friends: this particular ginger beer reminded us of the taste of Ale-8. Everyone is a purist and says you cannot substitute ginger ale for ginger beer, but I believe you can substitute Ale-8 for it! Ale-8 is spicier and more robust than ginger ale and I find it’s a worthy replacement.
Follow the directions listed above- it even tastes great with lime! Ale-8 is made 15 miles from Montgomery County, where I was born and raised, so let’s call this the MoCo Mule. I have found no evidence that this drink exists so I take full credit! Unfortunately J thought of the name; who is the creative here?
Are you a fan of Moscow Mules? Would you try this Kentucky Mule? What about my MoCo Mule?