Bartender Laura Kelton, of Sportsman’s Club in Chicago, has brought together the ubiquitous Kentucky Mule (bourbon, ginger beer, lime juice) with the lesser-known American Trilogy cocktail (a variation on the Old Fashioned).

Kelton says her drink is a merging of three great American contributions to the beverage world: cocktails, bourbon, and apple brandy. “It’s great for fans of ginger, whiskey, and drinks that are easy to make—and drink—in large volumes.”

All-American Mule

1 oz. rye whiskey
1 oz. apple brandy
.75 oz lime juice
.25 oz honey syrup (2:1 honey:water)
ginger beer
Angostura bitters


Combine in shaker tin, shake with ice. Pour into glass, top with ginger beer. Finish with a few dashes of Angostura bitters. Garnish with lime wheel.

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