It's that time of year in the South.... the time when we all crave fall and cool weather but it's still 90 degrees outside. That doesn't mean we won't act like it's fall! We will put on our jeans and boots, simmer soups and stews for hours and drink heavier cocktails to keep us warm (even if we don't really need it!) So the Moscow mules we drank this summer that were so refreshing need to move over for something heavier. Welcome the Kentucky Mule!
Imagine if a Moscow mule and a mint julep had a baby.... that's a Kentucky Mule. Equal parts of mint simple syrup and bourbon mixed with ginger beer and lime. It's perfectly spicy and minty, fantastic for a cool fall evening spent on the patio with friends.
First thing is first, you have to make the mint simple syrup. It's one cup of sugar and one cup of water plus a handful of fresh mint leaves. Bring it all to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. Then you have your mint simple syrup!
To make the the cocktail, fill a rocks glass or mule mug with ice. Add in 1 shot of your favorite bourbon and 1 shot glass full of mint simple syrup. Fill the rest with ginger beer. Squeeze in a lime wedge and add a sprig of fresh mint. You are ready to go!
1.5 ounces of your favorite bourbon
1.5 ounces of mint simple syrup
Mix over ice.