Best Of 2018

Best Six-Buck Mule
Brittany Thornton
click to enlarge Best Six-Buck Mule
Brittany Thornton

In the past couple of years, cities big and small have resurrected the Moscow Mule — vodka, ginger beer and lime juice served in a copper mug. Other international iterations have popped up, like a Kentucky mule (replace bourbon with vodka) and a Mexican mule (tequila instead of vodka, of course). But Mules don’t need the copper mug to be good. Liberty’s Bar and Bottle, a neighborhood bar located at the end of Main Street in OTR, serves the stripped-of-pretention Liberty Mule. It’s concocted with their housemade on-tap ginger beer and a choice of well spirit (try gin). Then it’s poured into a pint glass, not a mug. The drink costs $6, and during happy hour it’s only $5. The bartenders don’t hold back on the booze, either. While you’re there, make sure to sample half- and full-pours of beers and wines or other cocktails. Liberty’s Bar and Bottle, 1427 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-429-2461 and searchable on Facebook.

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