• Yield: Makes 1 cocktail

This is the Kentucky cousin to two cocktails—the Moscow mule and the Dark and Stormy—made popular with ginger beer, which is much spicier than ginger ale. The Moscow mule, traditionally served in a copper mug, is made with vodka, ginger beer, and a squeeze of lime. The Dark and Stormy hails from Bermuda and combines Goslings dark rum, ginger beer, and lime. Our version uses bourbon (of course), which again is the perfect canvas to spotlight the delicious taste of ginger.

Bourbon Country Cookbook book cover Bourbon Country Cookbook by David Danielson and Tim Laird


  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon

  • 3 ounces ginger beer

  • Squeeze of 1 lime wedge (about 1/8 teaspoon)

  • Lime wedge, for garnish


Combine the bourbon, ginger beer, and squeeze of lime in a rocks glass filled with ice. Stir the mixture, garnish with the lime wedge, and serve.

Reprinted with permission from The Bourbon Country Cookbook by David Danielson and Tim Laird, Agate Surrey, 2018.