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Blackberry Sage Kentucky Mule – A Bourbon Cocktail

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Last Updated on May 27, 2020 by The ‘Noms.

A twist on the classic, the flavors are fresh and clean in this blackberry and bourbon Kentucky Mule!



The Moscow Mule is one of those classic cocktails that is super refreshing, very tasty and easy to make. Originally concocted back in 1946 as a way to help market the struggling Smirnoff vodka and Cock ‘n’ Bull ginger beer brands, the iconic Moscow Mule Hammered Copper Mug was the finishing touch that made the Moscow Mule a star on any cocktail bar’s menu.



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Blackberry Sage Kentucky Mule in a copper mug, wooden bowl of blackberries, greenery in background




Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule even helped bring about the popularity of vodka, which in 1946 was considered a horrible distilled product. The astute marketing and crisp refreshing flavor helped usher in the popularity of vodka cocktails in the US back in the 50’s and 60’s. When the craft cocktail movement became popular in the last few years, once again the catchy name and iconic copper mug helped popularize the cocktail movement.




As folks who like to dabble in cocktails, the Mule provides lots of flexibility as its ingredients and simple clean flavors lend themselves to lots of modification. We have a number of different spins on the classic Moscow Mule like our popular Caramel Apple Mule or our citrusy Fresh Squeezed Mule.






What Ingredients are Needed for the Blackberry Sage Kentucky Mule?

  • Blackberries
  • Sage Simple Syrup
  • Bourbon
  • Lime Juice
  • Ginger Beer




One popular variation we like swaps out the traditional vodka for a whiskey. Adding in some fresh fruit flavors can change the drink even further, allowing us to tailor the drink based on what fruit is seasonal or a favorite of one of our guests.



Blackberry Sage Mule in a copper mug, bourbon bottle, ginger beer, blackberries and greenery in background




For the Blackberry Sage Kentucky Mule cocktail, we used some of the great blackberries we have been getting from our grocer and our homemade sage simple syrup that we made from sage grown in our back yard. We started by muddling sweet blackberries, adding a delicious fruitiness that works really well with the bourbon.



We added a bit of sage infused simple syrup, which adds a fresh hint of herbs and evergreen, which is a rather unique but delicious sweetness. A hit of fresh squeezed lime juice adds a balanced bit of sour that brings the drink to life. Topped with a good ginger beer it rounds out the Blackberry Sage Kentucky Mule with a bit of bubbly brightness!






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Blackberry Sage Kentucky Mule
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Blackberry Sage Kentucky Mule - A Bourbon Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

A twist on the classic Kentucky Mule, this adds sage and blackberries which play well with the bourbon.



Muddle blackberries in the bottom of a copper mug.

Pour in sage syrup and lime juice.

Fill mug with ice.

Top with bourbon and ginger beer.

Stir to combine.



Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 36.2gFiber: 2gSugar: 33gProtein: 0.6g

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Blackberry Sage Moscow Mule - bourbon, blackberries, sage simple syrup, lime juice, ginger beer




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Thursday 31st of January 2019

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Kristy B. Miller

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

Hey Jay and Leah Moscow mule is my favourite drink.But I haven't had it with blackberries.The one you shared looks very refreshing and delicious.I will definitely try it out. Thank you for sharing. Keep sharing your ideas.Take care. :) :)

The 'Noms.

Friday 9th of December 2016

Thanks so much! We hope you try it out!


Tuesday 22nd of November 2016

This is delicious. I varied the recipe a bit but still great. I did just 2 blackberries, 3/4 oz fresh lime juice, 3/4 oz your sage syrup recipe, 2 oz wild turkey bourbon and 4 oz of ginger beer.

The 'Noms.

Saturday 26th of November 2016

That's great! We are glad you liked it! Cheers!

the preserves project

Wednesday 16th of March 2016

My husband I love Mosow Mules and love blackberries so this is definitely going on our list of cocktails to try! We just tried a blackberry whiskey lemonade a few weeks ago that was awesome! Thanks for sharing!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 17th of March 2016

I bet he would love this! It's a great combo! Cheers!