Kentucky Mule Iced Tea Cocktail

This Kentucky Mule iced tea cocktail is absolutely refreshing and delicious! It’s a southern twist on the Moscow mule as it’s made with bourbon and iced tea. A great combination! As the name suggests, this is a great party drink to mix up for a Southern style dinner party. Serve it ice cold in copper mule cups and garnish with fresh mint for perfect sipping.

Kentucky mule iced tea cocktail

I’m very excited about this Kentucky Mule which tastes so good, and different! Inspired by the trendy Moscow mule, I wanted a Southern spin on it.

Instead of vodka and lime, I used good ole Kentucky bourbon, and lemon. I also used iced tea as the base because you can’t get more Southern than that!

Delicious Bourbon Cocktail

This drink makes me want to sit on the porch and watch the day go by without a care in the world. I can feel the sun on my face as we speak! 

PARTY TIP: If you’re not into cocktails just mix up this drink without bourbon and it will still be tasty.

Bourbon iced tea cocktail


  • For this cocktail, I purchased a bottle of prepared sweet tea to make it quick and easy, and for its classic flavor.
  • A good quality bourbon takes this drink to another level and adds a bit of extra sweetness.
  • The lemon helps balance the flavor and add freshness.
  • The addition of non alcohol ginger beer gives it some carbonation and a bold spicy note. This is one of my favorites!
Southern cocktail with bourbon

What to Serve it With

Whether you go all out with a southern theme or not, you will certainly enjoy this bourbon iced tea cocktail. It’s refreshing and delicious with lots of character.

Looking for more mules? Here’s a list of moscow mule recipes.

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bourbon iced tea cocktail recipe

Kentucky Mule Iced Tea Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Serve a taste of the South with this Kentucky Mule iced tea cocktail. It's made with bourbon and perfect for a derby party, fathers day, or outdoor entertaining.


  • 5 ounces Prepared sweet iced Tea
  • 1 ounces good Kentucky bourbon
  • Juice from 1/4 of a lemon
  • 3 ounces ginger beer soda
  • Crushed ice


  1. Add ice to a glass, pour in tea, bourbon, and squeezed lemon.
  2. Top off with ginger beer soda and stir. Sip and enjoy.


Make this drink without the bourbon for a family-friendly version that's just as tasty.

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  1. Pure Leaf is my husband’s favorite tea and this is a perfect cocktail for Father’s Day. So happy you posted this, thank you!

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