As the sun blesses us with its warmth and the days stretch longer, there's no better way to celebrate than with a refreshing cocktail in hand. If you're a fan of the classic Moscow Mule, prepare to elevate your taste buds with a fruity, bourbon-twisted rendition that's perfect for your next barbecue or summer soiree. Check out the Kentucky Buck, a cocktail that's as easy to make as it is delightful to sip.
The Kentucky Buck is a delectable blend of sweet, sour, and a touch of spice, guaranteed to please a crowd. Our mixologist, Veronica Correa, has crafted this recipe to yield five cocktails, making it ideal for sharing.
Ingredients (for 5 cocktails, scale accordingly):
- 10 oz Fierce & Kind Straight Bourbon
- 4 oz Lemon Juice
- 3 oz Strawberry Syrup
- 10-16 oz Ginger Beer
- 5 dashes Angostura Bitters (optional)
Strawberry Syrup Recipe:
Begin by preparing the homemade strawberry syrup, the heart of this cocktail. Take 12 medium strawberries and add 3 tablespoons of sugar. You can choose to muddle them for a rustic texture or blend them for a smoother syrup. Once combined, strain the mixture through a fine strainer to achieve a silky consistency. This syrup can be made in advance and kept refrigerated for up to two weeks.
For the cocktail, in a pitcher, mix 10 ounces of Fierce & Kind Straight Bourbon with 4 ounces of fresh lemon juice. The bourbon brings a robust warmth, while the lemon juice adds a refreshing zesty note. Stir in 3 ounces of your strawberry syrup, infusing the drink with a summery sweetness.
When it's time to serve, pour the bourbon mixture into glasses filled with ice, leaving room at the top. Top each glass with 2 to 3 ounces of ginger beer, adding a fizzy spice that complements the cocktail's rich flavors. For a final touch of complexity, add a dash of Angostura Bitters to each glass if you desire.
Garnish with a fresh strawberry or a lemon twist, and you have a Kentucky Buck – a beverage that's not only a feast for the palate but also a vibrant addition to any summer event. So, grab your pitcher and toast to the sunny days ahead with this effervescent, bourbon-infused delight. Cheers to summer!