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!
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.
Cranberry Moscow Mule Ingredients
Recipe makes 1 8-ounce Moscow Mule
- Ginger beer
- Cranberry juice
- Fresh cranberries
- Fresh lime wedges or slices for garnish
How To Make A Cranberry Moscow Mule
- In your favorite mule mug, add the ice, ginger beer, cranberry juice, and vodka.
- Stir to combine it.
- Place it in the refrigerator to chill.
- Spritz with the juice of one lime wedge.
- Garnish with fresh cranberries and fresh lime wedges.
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.
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 Holiday Cocktails
Cranberry Moscow Mule
- 1 Copper Mug
- 4 ounces Ginger Beer
- 4 ounces Cranberry Juice
- 2 ounces Vodka
- Juice from 1 lime wedge
- 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.
More Christmas Ideas
If you enjoyed learning how to make a cranberry Moscow Mule, here are some more Christmas ideas you should try next.