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Bourbon, ginger beer, orange and warming spices give this easy Citrus and Spice Kentucky Mule cocktail recipe a bit of a kick!
Citrus and Spice Kentucky Mule Cocktail
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

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. 

Course: cocktail
Cuisine: Contemporary American
Servings: 1
Calories: 281 kcal
  • 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
Spiced Syrup
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • 6 whole cloves
  1. 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. 

Spiced Syrup
  1. 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. 

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Citrus and Spice Kentucky Mule Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 281
% Daily Value*
Sodium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 28g
Vitamin C 17%
Calcium 15.1%
Iron 11.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.