Two of the most popular ginger beer (or ale, depending on who you ask) cocktails, the Moscow Mule and the Kentucky Buck, are perfect for late-summer sipping. Combining spirit, citrus and ginger beer, the format of both is remarkably easy to riff on—here are some of our favorite recipes.
With Lime Juice
Classic Moscow Mule
In 1941, a Hollywood bar owner met with a liquor distributor on the Sunset Strip and mixed the first Moscow Mule as a marketing tool to sell more vodka.
Before the Moscow Mule, the Chilcano brought pisco and ginger beer together.
Ivan Drago’s Fernet Mule
Fernet Branca adds a bracing kick of bitterness to the traditional mule format.
Amaro Montenegro joins the party in this ginger beer cocktail from Chicago.
Mezcal is the kicker in this earthy take on the classic Moscow Mule.
Spirited applejack adds a splash of Americana to this peppery take on the traditional Moscow Mule.
With Lemon Juice
This riff on a classic Buck infuses the flavor of plum gin with fresh citrus and peppery ginger beer.
Erick Castro’s Kentucky Buck combines muddled strawberries with bourbon, citrus, bitters and ginger beer for a cocktail that’s simple to make, but even easier to drink.
A splash of homemade Dijon syrup adds a tangy kick to this gingery cocktail from Austin’s Midnight Cowboy.