What Is a Kentucky Horsefeather? This Fizzy, Gingery Cocktail Is a Guaranteed Hit


Like a Moscow Mule with a whiskey twist.

Kentucky Horsefeather Cocktail
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Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins

There are many valid reasons why the Moscow Mule has been quite en vogue for years now. Namely, it's easy to make, packs a delicious kick (from both vodka and ginger beer), and tastes way more interesting than the average three-ingredient cocktail. Well, say hello to its handsome older brother, the Horsefeather cocktail. Hailing from Kentucky, it's here to spice up your drink game, especially for those who are fans of dark liquor.

Made with the whiskey of your choice, this drink warms you up with a combination that includes ginger beer, citrus juice, and a few dashes of bitters. (Bitters is what sets it apart from most Moscow Mules, besides the change in booze.) While you're able to choose your favorite whiskey, we're partial to breaking out the bourbon for this Kentucky-bred recipe. Either lemon or lime is customary, but we've found that lime compliments ginger beer best. From there, you just need bitters and ice. Bam! You're set with a four-ingredient cocktail that is spicy, strong, and downright refreshing. You can serve it up at home, the tailgate, or anywhere that a stiff drink fits right in.

Now it's off to the races with this fizzy, festive Kentucky Horsefeather cocktail recipe.


  • 1 ½ ounces bourbon (about 1 shot)

  • 3 ounces non-alcoholic ginger beer, such as Fever Tree (about 2 shots)

  • Fresh lime juice (from about half a lime; around 1 tablespoon)

  • 2 to 4 dashes of Angostura bitters


  1. In a lowball or old-fashioned glass, fill with ice. Add bourbon, bitters, and lime juice. Top with ginger beer. Stir to finish. Garnish with lime wedge, if desired. Serve and enjoy!


While we recommend about two shots of ginger beer, you can add more to dilute the cocktail a bit more to make the glass last even longer, along with your wits. While most prefer bourbon, you can make with the whiskey of your choice, including rye whiskey. You can also serve your creation in Moscow Mule mugs to guarantee your refreshment stays extra cold.

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