Making Moscow Mules With Whiskey: Recipes You'll Love

Published December 13, 2021
 Moscow mule with whiskey served in a copper mug

Look no further than the Moscow mule with whiskey if you're seeking a tasty new Moscow Mule variation. The Kentucky mule is a respectable drink all on its own without any other modifications, but this riff has inspired countless other whiskey mule versions. Skip over the bottle of vodka and pair your ginger beer with whiskey with any of these recipes.

Kentucky Mule

Two Kentucky Mule Cocktail Drink's

The classic whiskey mule is a match made in flavor heaven, the rich whiskey notes complementing the spicy ginger beer.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • ¾ ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer to top off
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a copper mug or rocks glass, add whiskey and lime juice.
  2. Top off with ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with mint sprig.

Honey Bourbon Mule

Honey Bourbon Mule is refreshing and fun to drink

The honey flavors add a touch of sweetness to the usually spicy mule.

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces bourbon
  • ¾ ounce honey liqueur
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a copper mug, add ice, whiskey, honey liqueur, and lemon juice.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Top off with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with mint sprig.

Sweet Summertime Mule

Sweet Summertime Mule highball cocktail

The citrus flavors with the bourbon and elderflower take any summer afternoon up a notch.

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces bourbon
  • ¾ ounce elderflower
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer to top off
  • Lime slice and mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, bourbon, elderflower, lime juice, and orange liqueur.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into copper mug or rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with ginger beer.
  5. Garnish with lime slice and mint sprig.

Autumn in Kentucky

Autumn in Kentucky cocktail in copper mugs

Enjoy a Kentucky mule with a rich and delicious apple cider taste, and just the right amount of spice.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 1½ ounces apple cider
  • ¾ ounce cinnamon schnapps
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer to top off
  • Lime wheel and mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, whiskey, apple cider, cinnamon schnapps, and lime juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into copper mug over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with ginger beer.
  5. Garnish with lime wheel and mint sprig.

Peach Whiskey Mule

Peach Whiskey Mule Ice Cubes, Pepper Mint Leaves, And Ice Cubes

The whiskey balances the sweet and juicy peach flavors that bubble to the surface in this riff on a Kentucky mule.

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces whiskey
  • 1½ ounces peach schnapps
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer to top off
  • Mint sprig and lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, whiskey, peach schnapps, and lemon juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with ginger beer.
  5. Garnish with mint sprig and lime wheel.

Maple Mule

Maple Mule Cocktail, Ginger Beer

The sweet maple flavors paired with the spiced ginger palette make for an unforgettable sip.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces smoked maple bourbon
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce allspice dram
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer to top off
  • Mint sprig and lime wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, bourbon, lemon juice, and allspice dram.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into copper mug over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with ginger beer.
  5. Garnish with mint sprig and lime wedge.

Raspberry Kentucky Mule

Raspberry Kentucky Mule Cold and tasty drink

Punch up the fruit flavors with raspberry liqueur in this juicy twist.

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces whiskey
  • 1 ounce raspberry liqueur
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer to top off
  • Lime wedge and mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, whiskey, raspberry liqueur, and lime juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into copper mug over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with ginger beer.
  5. Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig.

Not So Gingerly Mule

Not So Gingerly Mule with Drink And Limes

This Kentucky mule doubles up on the ginger flavors with ginger liqueur; this isn't for those on the fence about ginger.

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces whiskey
  • ¾ ounce ginger liqueur
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer to top off
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add whiskey, ginger liqueur, and lime juice.
  2. Top off with ginger beer.
  3. Stir to mix.
  4. Garnish with lime wheel.

Muddled Kentucky Mule

Muddled Kentucky Mule iis refreshing, and perfect for warm summer

This whiskey mule is slightly lighter in sugar as it focuses on muddled fresh ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 2 lime wedges
  • 2-3 mint sprigs
  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces ginger beer
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle lime wedges and mint sprigs with simple syrup.
  2. Add ice, whiskey, and lime juice.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Do not strain, pour into rocks glass.
  5. Add ginger beer.
  6. Garnish with mint sprig.

Rosemary Kentucky Mule

Rosemary Kentucky Mule in a copper mug with lime and rosemary

The herbaceous rosemary simple syrup adds a sweet yet savory spin on the whiskey mule.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 1 ounce rosemary simple syrup
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer to top off
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail, add ice, whiskey, rosemary simple syrup, lime juice, and lemon juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into copper mug over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with ginger beer.
  5. Garnish with rosemary sprig.

Mule It Over

Think it over when you next make a Moscow Mule. There's a wide world of Kentucky Mules waiting for you to sip. Reach past the vodka and head for the whiskey to level up your next mule.

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