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Famous cocktails with local Missouri ties


I guess we’ll stop horsing around and whip up a Horsefeather instead. | Photo by J. Rieger & Co.

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ICYMI — we’re celebrating Drink Up Week this week, July 25-July 31. Want to get the party started at home? We’ve rounded up two local cocktail recipes to get you in the spirit.


There’s definitely some debate as to where the Horsefeather originally started, but with both Kansas City, MO + Lawrence, KS having the strongest historic ties, we can say it truly does not matter as long as it originated in the Heart of America. The cocktail is a twist on a Moscow Mule with whiskey instead of vodka.


  • Highball glass
  • Cocktail stirrer


  • 1½ oz Whiskey
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Lemon/lime wedge


  1. Fill highball glass with ice
  2. Add all ingredients + stir to combine
  3. Garnish with lemon/lime wedge and serve immediately

Missouri Mule

The Missouri Mule was created by bartender Joe Gilmore for President Harry S. Truman, who was from Missouri. Despite having “Mule” in its name, the drink does not include ginger beer (which is typically associated with mules). Instead, the “Mule” portion of the drink alludes to the fact that it was the state animal of Missouri + associated with the Democratic party (which Truman was a part of).


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Cocktail glass


  • 1 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Apple Brandy
  • ½ oz Campari
  • ½ oz Cointreau


  1. Add all ingredients to the cocktail shaker and shake gently
  2. Add ice and stir to chill
  3. Strain drink into pre-chilled cocktail glass and serve

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