Dixie Donkey

I’m sure most of you have tried a Moscow mule. They have been the avocado toast of the town for a while now. A few years back I ordered one in New Orleans, and the bartender looked at me like I asked for something dirty or illegal.

“A what?”

So, I purchased copper cups and made them at home.


Moscow Mule
1 1/2 ounces of chilled vodka
1/2 ounce lime juice
chilled ginger beer
crushed ice

Mix the vodka and lime juice in a copper cup. Fill the cup with crushed ice and then top with ginger beer. You can also muddle a sprig or two of mint into the vodka before adding the ice.


Unfortunately, I like the cups more than the cocktail. I’m just not a fan of ginger beer. But I do love ginger ale, so I came up with my own copper cup cocktail.

I am proud to introduce the Dixie donkey.

(Naming cocktails is tough. Jackson jackass was a close second, but I figured there are enough of those already.)



Dixie Donkey
1 1/2 ounces of bourbon
1/2-1 ounce lime juice
chilled ginger ale
crushed ice

Muddle the mint and lime juice in the bottom of a copper cup. Top with crushed ice. Speaking of ice, a Lewis bag makes a huge difference.

You fill the canvas bag with ice, fold it over and beat it with a wooden mallet. The result is perfectly chipped ice and a major release of anger and aggression.



Add the bourbon and fill with ginger ale. Give it a little stir, and garnish with mint because you’re fancy.


I’m so fancy that I have a cocktail making assistant…


But I had to fire him when he dumped his bug box finds onto the table. Good thing I had that mallet handy.

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  1. You are a genius. I had my first Moscow Mule at our church party (#iamanEpiscopalian) and it was meh. Looking forward to trying a Donkey. um…

  2. I am assuming a Lewis Bag is an actual thing – gotta love a girl that takes her cocktail making seriously! I need to look into these bags – I have lots of family members that may appreciate this item. 🙂

    • It is a thing. 🙂 I added a Amazon affiliate link but you can also find them at Sur La Table and Cocktail Kingdom. Thanks!

  3. I’ll have to try one. I want to like moscow mules but ginger beer is not my jam.