Old Kentucky Mule – Updated

I originally blogged about this cocktail 3 years ago, but felt like this one deserved a bit of a facelift.  I’ve been drinking these pretty regularly over the past week or so.  They’re spicy and sweet, but not too sweet.  All in all, it is a pretty excellent little Autumn cocktail.

I’ve been making them individually, but this would be an easy drink to make in larger quantities and serve in a pitcher.  Perfect for parties.

Old Kentucky Mule | A Nerd Cooks

In addition to this refreshing drink, I’ve been excited to talk a little bit about the homemade background that I used in these photos (you can see it here in the Hearty Chicken Pumpkin Soup post, too).

I got tired of just using my light-colored and darkish wood cutting boards as a background, but didn’t really have many other options.  After doing a bit of searching, I came across this post by Brunch Time Baker.  If you’re in the market for some cheap, DIY photo backgrounds, go check it out.  I bought a 2×2 piece of wood and picked up some paint samples (they’re free!) at Lowe’s and followed her instructions for painting.  It was so easy, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.  When I get some free time, I’m going to paint the other side of the wood, too, so that I have two backgrounds in addition to the cutting boards I’ve been using.


Old Kentucky Mule | A Nerd Cooks

My original post for this cocktail can be found here.  I discovered the recipe for this drink on the blog The Tampopo Press.

You’ll need:

  • Good quality bourbon (I prefer Bulleit)
  • Apple cider
  • Ginger beer
  • Apple slice for garnish, optional

To make one cocktail, combine 1 part bourbon, 1 part apple cider, and 1 part ginger beer in a glass over ice.

Garnish the glass with a thin apple slice, if you’re feeling fancy.  Drink up!



Old Kentucky Mule | A Nerd Cooks

Old Kentucky Mule | A Nerd Cooks
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11 thoughts on “Old Kentucky Mule – Updated

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! What a great drink for this time of year. I’m totally digging your new DIY back drop too. Definitely in need of some new photo props myself, so I’m headed over to check out the tutorial you suggested.

  2. First of all, that background is fantastic! I’m really excited to make something like that once I’m back in the US. It looks so good! Second of all, your pictures are gorgeous! Third of all, I love and adore this cocktail recipe. These flavors are right up my alley!

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