Cocktail Hour - The Kentucky Mule
It's Saturday, so that, for me means a cocktail or two. Especially as COVID means staying in is very much the new going out.
Apparently you can use bourbon to stain leather... sounds like a waist of bourbon to to me..
Anyway, here's one of my favourites.
|A Moscow Mule is made with ginger ale and vodka, so unsurprisingly the Kentucky variant is a mix of bourbon and ginger ale. This is often confused with a Mark n' Stormy, made with ginger beer. The clue is in the name..|
Just to further cloud the issue, I've heard this cocktail called a Kentucky Gentleman, however I'm reliably informed that this moniker should apply only to brandy based versions.
I used Makers Mark again for this, which is a trifle sweet, so to lift things a bit I fell back on Angostura Bitters.
In addition I opted a large twist of lemon rind, squeezed/rubbed and thrown in - the natural oils in the rind combine with the ginger and bitters to give a spicy counterpoint to the sweet vanilla notes of the bourbon.
For a bit of extra freshness a mint garnish finishes things off nicely, but is not essential.
What you'll need:
- 60ml Makers Mark
- Ginger Ale
- Twist, lemon rind.
- Liberal dash, Angostura Bitters
- Highball glass
- Mint, to garnish
- Throw a few ice cubes in to a highball glass
- Add a dash of bitters and then the bourbon
- Rub the lemon rind over the glass and put in
- Top with ginger ale
- Finish things off with a couple of mint leaves.
It's a great drink and if nothing else should ease you in nicely to the umpteenth evening of lockdown.