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A cherry-orange Kentucky mule on burlap with cherries and orange slices around it.

Cherry-Orange Kentucky Mule

  • Author: Amanda McGrory-Dixon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Let’s bring a summer twist to your traditional Kentucky mule! With a double dose of fruit, spicy ginger kick and bubbly finish, this cherry-orange Kentucky mule is bursting with fresh, seasonal flavor in every sip.



1 orange
2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
8-10 mint leaves
About 6 cherries, pitted and stemmed, if not using cherry-infused bourbon
2 ounces cherry-infused bourbon or regular bourbon
6 ounces ginger beer
Mint sprig, for garnish, optional
Whole cherries, for garnish, optional


  1. Using a paring knife, cut off the bottom of the orange and use that as the base. Carefully cut off a piece of peel by moving the knife away from yourself in a downward direction. Try to cut shallowly to minimize the amount of white pith. Set aside.
  2. Pour the orange juice and pitted cherries if not using infused bourbon into a cocktail shaker. Add mint leaves and muddle. Once the cherries break down, add the bourbon, a handful of ice, put the cocktail shaker top on and vigorously shake for about 15-30 seconds.
  3. Replace the cocktail shaker top with a cocktail strainer. Pour into an ice-filled copper mug and top with ginger beer. Gently stir. Over the drink, squeeze and twist the orange peel to release its oils and drop into mug. Take mint sprig and place in the palm of your hand, quickly clap your other hand on top to release the fragrance and garnish. Add additional cherries if desired. Enjoy!


  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 drink
  • Calories: 262
  • Sugar: 25
  • Sodium: 3
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 27
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 0
  • Cholesterol: 0

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