Cranberry Moscow Mule

A sparkling Cranberry Moscow Mule is the perfect drink to serve at holiday parties or for yourself while you wrap presents (or watch a Hallmark movie). It will easily become one of your favorite Christmas cocktails every year.

I gave the classic combination of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice a fun Christmas twist – cranberry juice! The plump cranberries look absolutely perfect with the bright green limes.

While there are plenty of holiday parties that you can serve this Christmas mule consider hosting an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!

This cranberry Moscow mule is a twist on the classic moscow mule for Christmas.

Turn on some Christmas carols and snuggle into your favorite Christmas pajamas, this little drink is the perfect thing for a cozy night in. It’s bubbly and tart with just a dash of sweetness – perfect for sipping while you watch your favorite Christmas movie.

Just looking at this drink makes you want to have a sip! It’s bold and bubbly with the perfect balance of spice and sweetness. It is one of my favorite cranberry drink recipes so far!

What Is A Moscow Mule?

A Moscow Mule is a simple drink that usually includes just three ingredients – vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. It’s usually stirred and served chipped in a copper cup.

Here’s a fun little fact for ya! The Moscow Mule originated in Hollywood, in 1941. A lady named Sophie Berezinski immigrated from Russia and brought 2,000 solid copper mugs with her. In order to sell her mugs, she worked with the owner of Smirnoff vodka to create a cocktail people would love, and the Moscow Mule was born!

So, a Moscow Mule isn’t the real version unless it is served in a chilled copper mug.

Bottles of ingredients to make a cranberry Moscow mule.

Cranberry Moscow Mule Ingredients

Recipe makes 1 8-ounce Moscow Mule

  • Ginger beer
  • Cranberry juice
  • Vodka
  • Lime
  • Ice
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Fresh lime wedges or slices for garnish
Pouring ingredients into a copper mug to make a cranberry Moscow mule.

How To Make A Cranberry Moscow Mule

  1. In your favorite mule mug, add the ice, ginger beer, cranberry juice, and vodka.
  2. Stir to combine it.
  3. Place it in the refrigerator to chill.
  4. Spritz with the juice of one lime wedge.
  5. Garnish with fresh cranberries and fresh lime wedges.
Add fresh lime juice to a cranberry Moscow mule.

Best Vodka For Moscow Mules

If you want to stick to the class recipe, I suggest using Smirnoff vodka. I used Tito’s handmade vodka because I love the taste and it’s gluten free.

Any type of unflavored vodka will work wonderfully in this drink.

Fresh cranberries garnish this Christmas cranberry Moscow mule. The ingredients are to make a mule are included in the background.

Best Type Of Cranberry Juice To Use

To prevent the cocktail from tasting too sweet, I suggest using completely unsweetened cranberry juice. If you want to use cranberry juice cocktail, just know that it’s usually sweetened with additional sugar and other types of fruit juice. You might want to add a bit less.

As for the garnish, I suggest using fresh cranberries. They are a lot less messy and look the best on your mug.

More Cranberry Christmas Cocktails:

This Cranberry Christmas Mojito Holiday Cocktail has all the great flavors of the original mojito cocktail but with holiday spirit!

Cranberry Martini – The perfect Christmas martini to celebrate the holiday!

This Cranberry Sangria can be made ahead of time and be ready to serve when guests arrive.

Fresh cranberries garnish this Christmas cranberry Moscow mule.

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This cranberry Moscow mule is a twist on the classic moscow mule for Christmas.
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Cranberry Moscow Mule

Stir up a festive red and green drink! A cranberry Moscow Mule is simple but delicious.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Keyword: cranberry Moscow Mule
Servings: 1
Calories: 224kcal


  • 1 Copper Mug


  • 4 ounces Ginger Beer
  • 4 ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • Juice from 1 lime wedge
  • Ice
  • Fresh Cranberries for garnish
  • Lime Wedge for garnish


  • To your mule mug, add ice, ginger beer, cranberry juice, and vodka.
  • Stir to combine and chill.
  • Spritz with the juice of 1 lime wedge.
  • Garnish with fresh cranberries and fresh lime wedges or slices.


Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
Fresh cranberries garnish this Christmas cranberry Moscow mule.

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