Kentucky cocktail, cake optional

wpid-kentucky-mule_01.jpg.jpegwpid-buttermilk-cake-slice_02.jpg.jpegLast post’s Buttermilk Cake was a sweet tribute to my late Great-aunt Helen. And as we do with all of these sweet tributes, it’s time to find an adult beverage pairing.

Because I’ve been enjoying classic Moscow Mulesย (a.k.a. Vodka Bucks) lately, I considered suggesting that this vodka-lime cocktail accompany the cake. But somehow the flavors of the cake and cocktail didn’t seem to mesh.

My thoughts next turned to bourbon, as they often do, and I remembered a Mule variation I also enjoy: The Kentucky Mule.wpid-kentucky-mule.jpg.jpegSadly, none of my cocktail cookbooks carried this recipe, so I googled and found this beauty. Three ingredients were mixed and I soon had a Kentucky Mule in hand.

Some recipes I’d found also contained mint, hinting at another bourbon favorite–the Mint Julep. But I stuck with the simplicity of bourbon, ginger beer, lime juice and was richly rewarded. More tart than sweet, it could have used an extra pour of ginger beer, but overall it was refreshing and lovely.

Opportunity to pair it with the cake was missed as the cake didn’t last long enough to meet the Mule. The Kentucky Mule doesn’t need a cake partner, though, and I’ll happily toast food for fun readers with a glass. Thanks for being here!wpid-bourbon-mule.jpg.jpeg

38 thoughts on “Kentucky cocktail, cake optional

  1. Nowwww we’re talking!!! The Kentucky Mule is one of my new favorite cocktails and just ordered one the other night in fact! I’d cozy up to the bar and sip on one of those with you anyyyy day!! Cheers my friend!

    • Love that you found the Kentucky Mule on your own. Can see that you’d like it lots. Someday we will cozy up to a bar and sip together, yes! Hope things go well on your end.

      • It is always nice to reward myself! A drink here or there perhaps?! The real treat comes memorial weekend when we ditch the kids for a night and get a nice date night, peace and quiet for a whole night and early morning!

  2. Sounds pretty good for the Preakness Saturday to me, Liz. Since we missed the Kentucky Derby, the second leg of the Triple Crown in Baltimore this week is the next best thing for a good weekend cocktail in front of the flat screen rooting on your favorite 3-year-old. No mules in that race. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you, Seana! Your comment makes me so happy ๐Ÿ™‚ A good drink and piece of cake should be mandatory at least once a week, yes?

  3. Oh, well–the cake would probably sop up all the bourbony goodness anyway. You make me feel like I’ve got to get cracking on using all the fresh mint in the back yard, going to waste–except for last night’s mojito. I don’t think I’ve ever had ginger beer. Interesting!

    • Oh yes, you must enjoy your fresh mint ๐Ÿ™‚ I have my planter going, so should get cracking on that myself. Buy yourself some ginger beer stat. So many yummy drinks to make!

  4. Great to see the Bundaberg Ginger Beer….a great brew.
    Liz….you continue to amaze me with the phenomenal recipes that you produce! When are you going to start up your restaurant? When you do, don’t forget to send me an invitation as I want a table positioned strategically right next to your kitchen to make sure I see every dish! Cheers, Steve

    • Hey, thanks Steven. It’s my fave ginger beer ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re so generous with your comments! The restaurant isn’t happening, but will send you an advance copy of my book whenever that happens ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    We have completely redesigned the site since purchasing in early March and while we are young and relatively small โ€“ we work very hard for our submitters and try to be as blogger friendly as we can. I hope you will come and check us out and submit some of your wonderful recipes! Kelli from Yum Goggle.

    • I am absolutely interested, Kelli–thanks for thinking of me! Has been a busy time with my family so have fallen off the blogging wagon, but your site is on my List. Am excited to work with you on this ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope all is well in your corner. Congratulations on your new endeavor.

  6. Liz, I have a confession to make… I’ve never had a Very Old Barton before. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!

    • Well, shame on you then, Dave ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t find it in Minnesota. Probably just a Kentucky thing. But you can still make a mean cocktail with whatever bourbon you have.

  7. I would probably pair another sweet with the cake. The yummy and sweet beverages of an amaretto sour, Baileys and cream or chocolate mudslide sound like ones I would enjoy.
    Liz, I would love your Kentucky Mule with a salty treat(but sweet) like peanut or cashew bark or brittle. Just stopping by to say a belated Happy Fourth of July. Your Great Aunt Helen’s recipes are a real gift you share with others.

    • all of your cocktail picks sound amazing. A virtual toast to you! Appreciate your supportive comments very much. I feel the same about wanting to share Helen’s recipes, so am putting myself back in the saddle again. Yeehaw ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope to see you around. Thank you much for coming by.


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