The Southern Twist On The Moscow Mule You Need To Try

The Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail that dates way back to 1941 Los Angeles. Traditionally made with ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice, and served in a chilled copper mug, the iconic drink has graced the presence of pubs and parlors around the globe for 80 years. The world's first Moscow Mule was concocted by Wes Price, a bartender at Cock'n Bull in Santa Monica (per Vine Pair), who was experimenting with the now standard ingredients that would have otherwise gone bad during a boringly slow shift ... and the rest is history.

The Mule has become a general cocktail category of its own, taking on a number of non-vodka variations over the years. Popular versions include the Irish Mule — which includes whiskey — and the Bohemian Mule — which uses absinthe — as well as the Jamaican Mule, for which you'll need rum. There's also the Mexican Mule, which incorporates tequila. And one recipe in particular, known as the Kentucky Mule, calls for a spirit that is quintessential of the Bluegrass State.

To make a Kentucky Mule, swap vodka for bourbon

As they say, variety is the spice of life. And oftentimes, this philosophy can apply to turning an age-old custom into something new and exciting — in this case, a favorite adult beverage. If you're a self-proclaimed whiskey aficionado and want to sip on a refreshing cocktail that's perfect for any occasion, behold the Kentucky Mule!

While traditional Mules are made with distilled vodka, the Kentucky Mule calls for bourbon, ginger beer, and freshly squeezed lime juice, according to Great Lakes Distillery. You can even add a sprig of mint for an extra aromatic flavor. And, of course, it's highly encouraged to enjoy a Kentucky Mule out of an ice-filled copper mug, which is believed to keep the mixture properly cold the whole time you drink it.

The Kentucky Mule is not only extremely easy to make, but it's also a joyous experience to drink — that is, if you have a palate for smooth, bold bourbon whiskey. It's just as perfect for cozy nights in as it is for get-togethers with friends. Either way, if you simply want to indulge in a fusion of American and Russian culinary arts, this is your new favorite drink.