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Grumpy Old Man drink recipe

I’m not sure why this cocktail got named the Grumpy Old Man. It doesn’t seem fair, since it’s absolutely charming and that’s one thing grumpy old men are not.

Grumpy Old Man drink in rocks glass with ice

In my experience, grumpy old men are bitter old sour pusses, and there’s nothing sour or bitter about this drink. Maybe it’s the cure for being a grump? That could be.

This drink adds a healthy portion of bourbon to a glass of ginger ale and lime juice. It tastes wonderful, especially with a spicier ginger ale such as Vernor’s (my personal favorite).

If Vernor’s is too spicy for you, Canada Dry has a nice, mild flavor. More like a traditional ginger ale.

But both drinks have the flavors of ginger and lime. This one, of course, adds all the notes of whatever bourbon you use.

This is such a great drink for bourbon lovers. All the flavors in it are so well-balanced that you can still taste the bourbon, but it’s not overwhelmingly dominant.

If you don’t have a go-to bourbon for cocktails, here are some suggestions. Makers Mark gives you a nice, smooth flavor. Jim Beam Kentucky Straight works well too, and offers a little more punch.

Overhead view of Grumpy Old Man drink on table

Any bourbon you like is going to taste great with ginger ale and lime. In my humble opinion, this drink is more interesting than the Moscow Mule because the bourbon adds more flavor than the vodka.

Of course, if you don’t love bourbon, you may feel differently. But it’s one of those cocktails everyone should try, especially since the ginger and lime are the dominant flavors.

This is a drink that was made for unwinding at the end of a stressful day. Two ounces of bourbon relaxes away a lot of tension, while ginger ale and lime refresh you.

You can enjoy this one along with just about any meal. Try it with these Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls from TBSP. Fish Parcels with Ginger & Spring Onions from Fuss Free Cooking would be delicious with it, too.

Closeup of Grumpy Old Man drink on table with red straw

You can also enjoy this drink with a nice salty snack – pretzels, nuts, or maybe parmesan cheese crisps. It’s perfect with traditional bar snacks.

If you want to make it really special, try serving it in this gorgeous antique copper finish Moscow Mule mug. Or you could go for a more traditional style copper mug.

Of course, the glass doesn’t really matter. This is one delicious drink no matter what you serve it in.

Check out…

Naughty Gnome drink backlit by window

If you like this drink, try the Naughty Gnome. It features Vernor’s with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum. That’s two ingredients that have hints of spice, so it’s a drink guaranteed to wake you up.

Dark 'n' Stormy cocktail with yellow and brown layered effect

Then there’s the Dark ‘n’ Stormy with Gosling’s Black Seal rum and ginger beer. It’s such an easy cocktail to make, but you’d never know it from the taste.

Captain and Ginger cocktail in front of a bottle of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

And give the Captain & Ginger a try. Captain Morgan’s Spiced rum meets ginger ale or ginger beer – your choice.

Grumpy Old Man drink in rocks glass with ice
Yield: 1 drink

Grumpy Old Man Drink Recipe

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

The Grumpy Old Man cocktail features bourbon, lime juice and ginger ale. It's a lot like the Moscow Mule, but with bourbon instead of vodka. This gives it more flavor, and you may find you like it even better.


  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Ginger ale


  1. Put ice into an old-fashioned glass.
  2. Add the bourbon and lime juice, and then top it off the rest of the way with ginger ale.
  3. Serve with a straw.

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