Kentucky Buck Recipe
In Kentucky, we put bourbon in just about everything. If the recipe calls for vodka or tequila, or rum, we just bourbon instead and put “Kentucky” a little Kentucky in it! So, basically, this is a Moscow Mule with bourbon.
Add bourbon to a copper “mule” mug if you have one. The copper maintains the temperature of your drink. Copper exhibits high thermal conductivity, so it chills the beverage quickly and isolates the cool of the drink and the heat of your hand. A glass will do but the vessel is part of the overall cocktail-drinking experience. Always us good Kentucky bourbon. There are a lot of good ones that won’t break the bank (Four Roses, Woodford, Basil Hayden, & Bulliet are all reasonably priced). The quality of bourbon really makes a difference.
Next add the ginger syrup. You can either buy it at a liquor store or make is yourself. If you are making it from scratch, you’ll just need 1 cup of sugar, 3/4 cup of water, and 1 cup of fresh ginger, peeled and slice. In a sauce pan, over medium heat, dissolved the sugar in the water then add ginger and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for about 15 minutes. Turn the burner off and steep for another 15 minutes then strain. You are ready to roll! I love a little ginger syrup in warm Brandy in the winter, too!
Add the fresh squeezed lemon juice to the bourbon and ginger and give it a stir. Add ice then top with a little club soda and garnish with a lemon wheel and a fresh strawberry! Now, go drink that sucker outside on a warm summer evening…