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Cranberry Moscow Mule

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What’s more festive for the holidays than a cocktail served with cranberries and rosemary sprigs?! Not only is it a fun and super easy drink to make, but it is also incredibly yummy! In this blog post, we will guide you through the steps to create a delightful and visually appealing Cranberry Moscow Mule.

cranberry Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule Twist

A traditional Moscow Mule is made with vodka, hence the name.

However, you have the freedom to experiment and change things up by using white rum instead, and it would be just as delicious.

Personally, I always stick with vodka, and my go-to choice is Titos. It’s affordable, really smooth, and keto-friendly!

The Magic of Copper Mugs

cranberry Moscow Mule in copper cup

What makes this drink truly festive is serving it in a copper mug.

Copper mugs can be found at various retailers such as Meijer, Walmart, World Market, Crate & Barrel, and, of course, Amazon.

While they may require a one-time purchase, they are definitely worth it. Not only do they keep your drink ice-cold, but they also add a touch of elegance and visual appeal to your cocktail.

Investing in copper mugs ensures you have them forever, and they can be used for a variety of other mule recipes throughout the year.

Year-Round Versatility

While this Cranberry Moscow Mule is the perfect Christmas cranberry cocktail, mules can be enjoyed any time of the year by simply using different juices or keeping it plain.

So you can definitely get your money’s worth out of these copper mugs.

The Art of Garnishing

garnish for cranberry Moscow Mule

As with any cocktail, the garnish plays an important role in enhancing the overall experience. For this Cranberry Moscow Mule, we recommend garnishing it with a delightful combination of fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs.

Simply skewer four fresh cranberries and place a sprig of rosemary on top, allowing it to float elegantly on the surface of the drink.

Additionally, slice lime and make a small cut in the middle so that you can attach it to the side of the mug. These little touches not only add visual appeal but also complement the flavors of the cocktail.

To further enhance the presentation, consider adding a cute straw. You can find a variety of stylish straws at retailers such as Target, World Market, or online through our go-to platform, Amazon!

Cranberry Moscow Mule Recipe

ingredients for cranberry Moscow Mule


To make this delightful and visually appealing Cranberry Moscow Mule, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1-ounce Vodka (I prefer Titos)
  • 2 ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 2 ounces Ginger Beer (I use Fever Tree)
  • 1/2 lime (Juice from one-half of a lime)
  • Fresh cranberries to garnish
  • Sprigs of rosemary to garnish
  • Sliced lime to garnish

These ingredients will come together to create a refreshing and festive cocktail that is perfect for holiday celebrations and special occasions.

Feel free to adjust the quantities based on the number of servings you intend to make. Now, let’s move on to the instructions and create this delicious drink!


  1. Start by juicing your limes. Half a lime should provide approximately one tablespoon of juice.
  2. Take your cocktail shaker and fill it halfway with ice.
  3. Add the vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice to the shaker.
  4. Top it off with ginger beer.
  5. Gently stir the mixture to avoid losing the fizz from the beer.
  6. Fill your copper mug with crushed ice.
  7. Pour the cocktail mixture over the ice in the copper mug.
  8. Garnish with the skewered fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.
  9. For an added touch, cut a slice into a lime and hang it on the side of the mug.
  10. Finally, place a cute straw into the drink for an extra touch of charm.
cranberry Moscow Mules in copper cups

Now, sit back and admire your masterpiece!

You are all set to impress your guests with this visually stunning and delicious Cranberry Moscow Mule. As you take a sip, the flavors of the vodka, cranberry juice, and lime meld together perfectly, creating a refreshing and festive experience.

The subtle spiciness from the ginger beer adds an additional layer of complexity to the cocktail, making it a delightful treat for your taste buds.


Whether you’re hosting a holiday party, enjoying a cozy evening by the fireplace, or simply celebrating a special occasion, this Cranberry Moscow Mule is sure to be a hit.

The combination of cranberries and rosemary adds a touch of seasonal charm and elevates the drink’s overall presentation, making it a feast for the eyes as well.

Remember, the choice of ingredients and garnishes can be customized to suit your preferences. Feel free to experiment with different juices, such as pomegranate or orange, to create unique variations of the Moscow Mule throughout the year. The versatility of this cocktail is one of its greatest strengths, allowing you to enjoy it in different seasons and settings.

So, gather your ingredients, dust off those copper mugs, and get ready to impress your guests with this Festive Holiday Moscow Mule. Cheers to a wonderful holiday season filled with joy, laughter, and memorable moments! Happy holidays!

Can I use white rum instead of vodka for the cranberry Moscow Mule?

Absolutely! While the traditional Moscow Mule uses vodka, you can easily substitute it with white rum for a different flavor profile. Feel free to experiment and find your preferred version.

Can I use a different brand of vodka for this cocktail?

Certainly! While the article mentions Tito’s as a recommended vodka brand, you can use any vodka of your choice. Select a vodka that suits your taste preferences and budget.

Do Moscow Mules have to be served in copper mugs?

While it is traditional to serve Moscow Mules in copper mugs, it is not a requirement. Copper mugs are favored because they keep the drink cold and enhance the presentation. However, you can enjoy a Moscow Mule in any glass or mug of your choice.

What kind of cranberry juice is best?

When selecting cranberry juice for cocktails like the cranberry Moscow Mule, it’s best to choose 100% cranberry juice without added sugars or sweeteners. Look for options labeled as “pure” or “unsweetened” to ensure the most authentic and balanced flavor in your cocktail.

Can I use bottled lime juice instead of fresh lime?

While fresh lime juice is always preferred for the best flavor, you can use bottled lime juice as a convenient alternative. Just keep in mind that fresh lime juice provides a more vibrant and authentic taste to the cocktail.

Can I make a large batch of this cocktail for a party?

Absolutely! The Festive Holiday Moscow Mule can be scaled up to serve a larger number of guests. Simply adjust the quantities of the ingredients accordingly and prepare the cocktails in a pitcher or punch bowl. Remember to garnish each glass individually for that festive touch!

Can I make the garnishes ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the garnishes ahead of time to save time on the day of your event. Skewer the fresh cranberries and prepare the rosemary sprigs in advance. However, it’s recommended to slice the lime for garnishing just before serving to maintain its freshness and vibrant appearance.

Cranberry Moscow Mule

JoAnne Nardella
Enjoy the festive flavors of our Cranberry Moscow Mule, a delightful twist on the classic cocktail, garnished with cranberries and rosemary sprigs.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1


  • 1 Oz Vodka I use Titos
  • 2 Ozs Cranberry Juice
  • 2 Ozs Ginger Beer I use Fever Tree
  • 1/2 Lime Juice from One Half of a Lime
  • Fresh Cranberries to Garnish
  • Sprigs of Rosemary to Garnish
  • Sliced Lime to Garnish


  • Juice your limes. One lime should give you approximately l TB of juice
  • Fill your shaker half way with ice and add your Vodka, Cranberry Juice, Lime Juice then top off with your Ginger Beer
  • Stir this mix gently as you don't want to lose the fizz from the beer
  • Fill your copper mugs with ice and pour the mix over the top
  • Garnish with your skewered cranberries and top with a sprig of rosemary
  • Cut a slice of lime and hang it off the side of the mug
  • Add a cute straw and enjoy!
Keyword cocktail christmas, cranberry moscow mule
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