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Maple Syrup Cocktail – The Maple and Cider Kentucky Mule

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Last Updated on December 9, 2020 by

A great maple syrup cocktail with cider and bourbon!



We have been having one of the most beautiful falls recently, with perfect warm days and cool evenings. These kind of fall days make for colorful trees and beautiful breezes for sitting outside enjoying the scenery. Highlighting that beautiful scenery are a couple of big beautiful maple trees that turn brilliant blazing orange and reds as the sap starts to run. In some areas, this sap is as good as liquid gold, harvested and turned into sweet maple syrup, which just happens to be a great fall cocktail ingredient.



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Maple and Cider

With the warm fall afternoons making us want to spend a lot of afternoons out enjoying the colors, we figured a nice cool sipping drink would be appropriate, so we came up with the Maple and Cider Kentucky Mule.



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The Maple and Cider Kentucky Mulei in copper mug with apple slice and candied ginger, fall leaves in background




We love making different variations of the venerable Moscow Mule like our Carmel Apple Moscow Mule or our Campfire Mule, but one of our favorites is a Kentucky Mule, which swaps out the vodka of the Moscow Mule for bourbon. The big bold boozy burst from bourbon gives the Kentucky Mule a nice strong base to start building a great cocktail.



Bourbon might be the quintessential fall spirit, full of big bold caramel and vanilla flavors and lots of warm baking spices, making it perfect for fall cocktails.




The Maple and Cider Kentucky Mule in copper mug. Apple slice and candied ginger. Wooden spoon, jigger, apple and fall leaves in background




To start adding in layers of fall flavor, we started out with a great honeycrisp apple cider, tangy and sweet and definitely fall flavored. The apple cider pairs up really well with bourbon, the crisp tartness a nice contrast to the sweet caramel of the bourbon.





What Ingredients are Needed for the Maple Syrup Cocktail?

  • Lime Juice
  • Apple Cider
  • Maple Syrup
  • Bourbon
  • Ginger Beer



A splash of fresh lime juice stays true to the original mule recipe while also adding a citrus brightness that helps liven up the apple cider.




The Maple and Cider Kentucky Mule in copper mug. Apple slice and candied ginger, jigger, apple and fall leaves in background




With the apple cider and lime juice being fairly tart, we needed to add in sweetness to help bring the drink into balance. With Maine Maple Syrup  providing not only sweetness, but also a whole bunch of flavor, we were to add in another layer of fall flavor. The maple syrup also adds in a rich thickness that makes the Maple and Cider Kentucky Mule a smooth sipper.




The Maple and Cider Kentucky Mule in copper mug with apple slice and candied ginger




To finish the cocktail, we added ginger beer, which adds a refreshing spicy bite and an effervescent edge. The ginger notes of the ginger beer pulls out the tartness of the apple and the baking spices of the bourbon. With lots of fun fall flavors the Maple and Cider Kentucky Mule will be perfect for nice warm fall afternoons under the colorful maples!



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The Maple and Cider Kentucky Mule - A Bourbon Cocktail
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Maple and Cider Kentucky Mule - A Bourbon Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

A fall twist on a Moscow Mule, but with whiskey.


  • 3 oz ginger beer
  • 2 oz Kentucky Bourbon
  • .50 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • .75 oz maple syrup
  • 2.50 oz apple cider


Combine all ingredients over crushed ice in a copper mug.

Stir to combine.

Garnish with crystallized ginger and an apple slice if desired.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321Total Fat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 31.2gFiber: 0.1gSugar: 28gProtein: 0.1g

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Maple and Cider Kentucky Mule - bourbon, apple cider, maple syrup, ginger beer, lime juice




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