2 oz Bourbon
1⁄2 oz Lime juice (or just a squeeze from a lime wedge)
4 oz Ginger beer (approximate volume to top)
1 spg Mint (optional garnish)

Add bourbon and lime juice to mule mug or other serving glass. Add ice, top with ginger beer. Garnish with mint sprigs (optional.)


Some recipes call for just a squeeze of lime juice from a lime wedge that then becomes a garnish. A full 1/2 ounce of lime juice can be somewhat bitter and some recipes call for a little simple syrup, presumably to balance. Some other versions employ ginger syrup and club soda in place of ginger beer.


It is unclear exactly when the Kentucky Mule was created (or by whom) but it is a natural extension of the 1941 Moscow mule. The recipe provided here is the most common one today, which combines the mint sprig element from a julep.

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