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This cranberry Moscow mule is the perfect holiday beverage! The tart cranberries, zippy ginger, and fresh mint make for a delicious semi-sweet, semi-spiced cocktail. It's perfect for holiday dinner parties or anytime you're entertaining guests this season.
Why this cranberry Moscow mule will be your go-to drink this holiday
- Classic, vibrant flavors: Cranberry and vodka is a classic drink combo on it's own, and when you add some spicy ginger beer to it, you end up with a spicy-sweet rather sophisticated sip.
- Simple but looks fancy: The thing about any Moscow mule is that the recipe itself is super simple, but with a copper mug and garnishes like this, it looks like you hired a personal bartender!
- Easily turn it into a pitcher: If you're entertaining this holiday season, it's easy to turn this single serving cranberry mule recipe into a pitcher. It will look incredibly festive with some bobbing cranberries and fresh mint leaves.
Ingredients to make a cranberry Moscow mule
A traditional mule cocktail consists of ginger beer, fresh lime juice, and a spirit like vodka. To make a cranberry mule you will use similar ingredients:
- Vodka: A clean, crisp vodka is best for this recipe. Pick your favorite brand and add 1 ounce.
- Cranberry juice: Using 100% cranberry juice (opposed to a cranberry cocktail) will give you the most tart-cranberry flavor. If you choose to use a cranberry cocktail instead, you will need to add some lime juice to get the acidity right for this cocktail.
- Ginger beer: Sold in most grocery stores, ginger beer is a spicy, ginger-forward soda. It doesn't typically have alcohol in it, despite its name, but it's worth checking.
- Optional garnishes: For a truly festive appearance add garnishes like fresh cranberries, mint leaves, and lime wedges. The red and green color combo, will be right on theme!
How to make a cranberry Moscow mule
You're 2 steps away from a refreshing, zippy little holiday cranberry mule:
- Combine & stir: In your glass of choice (can be a copper mug or tall glass) add ice, vodka, cranberry juice, and top with ginger beer. Then give it a stir.
- Garnish & enjoy: Add any festive flourishes and sip away!
How to make a cranberry Moscow mule pitcher
Having a signature cocktail at your next dinner party? Sounds like a fabulous idea! Here's how to turn this single-serving cranberry mule into a pitcher's worth:
Using the recipe below, turn every ounce into a cup. For this cranberry mule recipe, you'll need 2 cups of vodka, 1 cup of cranberry juice, and 4 cups of ginger beer. You'll also need extra garnish for your pitcher.
Can I use ginger ale or cranberry ginger ale instead?
Either of these options will work in a pinch, however, they will add much more sugary sweetness to the drink and bring less ginger flavor. Ginger beer is the preferred soda to use.
Can I make this a cranberry mule mocktail?
Absolutely! If you can find non-alcoholic vodka you can include it in this recipe, otherwise you can simply omit it and still get the fizzy-festive flavors of the ginger and cranberry.
Do I need to use a copper mug for a cranberry Moscow mule?
You don't need a copper mug or any fancy bar tools to make this drink if you don't have them. This cocktail tastes just as good from a tall glass!
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce cranberry juice (see notes)
- 4 ounces ginger beer
- Cranberries, lime wedges, and mint (to serve)
- Fill a glass with ice and then add the vodka and cranberry juice. Top with some ginger beer and then give your mule a quick stir.2 ounces vodka, 1 ounce cranberry juice, 4 ounces ginger beer
- Garnish with some cranberries, lime wedges, and mint and serve right away.Cranberries, lime wedges, and mint
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