Cocktail Hour - The Kentucky Mule

Posted by mark larner on

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. 

Kentucky Mule

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
  • Ice
  • 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.



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