Citrus and Spice Kentucky Mule
Bourbon, ginger and orange are a classic combination. This Citrus and Spice Kentucky Mule adds some warm spice notes for a fabulous fall into winter drink!
Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, all eyes are turning to the winter holidays and all the festivities… which includes festive drinks like my Pomegranate Lime Gin Fizz , Grey Goose Martini with a Twist or this Ruby Red Cosmopolitan Cocktail . But if Bourbon is your spirit of choice, then this Citrus and Spice Kentucky Mule deserves a spot on your cocktail list!
I’d been searching for a bourbon based drink for the holidays and wanted something that was versatile, easy to make and a little refreshing. The Kentucky Mule came to mind and I thought it had possibilities. Dressed up with a little extra citrus and adding a spice infused simple syrup gave the drink that holiday touch I was looking for!
What is in a Kentucky Mule:
- At it’s most basic, a Kentucky Mule contains bourbon, ginger ale or ginger beer, and citrus juice.
- For this cocktail, I added a little spice infused simple syrup which adds another layer of flavor and “smoothes” out the edges of the cocktail.
Why you’ll love this Citrus and Spice Kentucky Mule:
- Switching from vodka to bourbon gives the drink a bit more “heft” – which we all crave in cooler weather.
- An easy sipper, it appeals to true cocktail connoisseurs as well as casual imbibers (yes, I tested it with both!)
- It’s one that’s easy to serve for a small group – no shaking required! Better yet, leave out the fixings and let everyone make their own!
Notes for Making the Citrus and Spice Kentucky Mule:
The spiced syrup can be made up to two weeks in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
To extend it’s shelf life, add a teaspoon of vodka to the spiced syrup.
If you liked this cocktail, I would love for you to leave me a comment and a rating!!!
An update to the classic Kentucky Mule, this Citrus and Spice Kentucky Mule is a little sweet, a little tart and very refreshing - with enough heft for cocktail enthusiasts as well as casual sippers.
- 1 1/2 oz. bourbon Elijah Craig or Woodford Reserve
- 1/2 oz. Triple Sec Cointreau
- 1/2 oz. freshly lime juice
- 3/4 oz. spiced syrup
- 3 oz. ginger beer
- 1/2 fresh orange slice optional
- 1/2 lime slice optional
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 whole allspice berries
- 6 whole cloves
For Kentucky Mule:
Combine bourbon, triple sec, lime juice and spiced syrup in a mixing glass with ice.
Stir 45 seconds to combine.
Pour over ice in a rocks glass.
Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan.
Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
Take off the heat and let infuse for 30 minutes.
Strain into a clean, lidded container.
Refrigerate for up to two weeks.
Use a good quality bourbon - either Elijah Craig or Woodford Reserve work well.
To extend the life of your spiced syrup, add 1 teaspoon vodka to the syrup.