Kentucky Mule in a Copper mug
Kentucky with a Kick Mule in a copper mug.

Spring fades quickly in Colorado. It goes from cold, damp, and windy to hot and windy in a heartbeat. The recent soaring temps and a stint in sunny California only increased our craving for a good mule. However, we wanted to put our own spicy spin on this classic: Kentucky with a kick Mule.

Alie and I love spicy flavors. Contrary to our Midwest origins, we appreciate the kick a good chile can bring to our food and drinks. Chile beers? Absolutely. Spicy margaritas? Check. Siracha on everything? Yes, please!

Our love of spicy cocktails drove us to devise a spicy whiskey cocktail. We set out to keep it simple, so we opted for a traditional mule mixed with spicy Tamarind, Lime, and Chile de Arbol syrup.

The Tamarind, Lime, and Chile de Arbol syrup is a treat we picked up at a tasting in California. Made by Muddle and Wilde, we picked up our bottle from Spirit Works Distillery in Sebastopol, California. Muddle and Wilde have an online shop, so you can have their syrups shipped anywhere in the U.S. All their syrups are delicious and should be added to your cocktail crafting supplies. These mixers also make great gifts for the cocktail aficionados in your life.

The Kentucky with a Kick Mule boasts a simple recipe for a complex result destined to impress. Each drink can be made more or less spicy, depending on your preference. We recommend starting with less syrup and increasing the amount until you get the desired level of kick. The Muddle and Wilde syrup delivers chile flavor without too much heat in lower quantities, making it a dynamic ingredient. We recommend using Old Tub Whiskey as your bourbon base.

Kentucky with a Kick Mule

A spicy whiskey mule
Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 2 ounces Bourbon
  • 3.5 ounces Ginger beer
  • 1/2 tsp Lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp Muddle and Wilde Tamarind-lime-chile de Arbol syrup


  • Mix bourbon, syrup, and lime juice in a rocks glass and stir to combine the ingredients.
  • Add ice and top with ginger beer to taste.

Happy Exploring!