Cranberry Moscow Mule

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A Cranberry Moscow Mule is sweet and tangy with a gingery bite. They give any gathering a festive touch, especially when served icy cold in their signature bright copper tankards.

With all the classic ingredients of a Moscow Mule, this drink recipe also includes cranberry cocktail juice for extra fruity tartness and flavor. I love to serve a pitcher of this cocktail with my favorite holiday appetizers!

Two Cranberry Moscow mules in copper mugs topped with min sprigs, lime slices, and cranberries!

What’s in a Moscow Mule?

The classic ingredients in Moscow mules are vodka, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer. Typically the garnish is a fresh sprig of mint. You can use lime slice instead if fresh mint isn’t available, or why not use both!

Ginger beer is a fermented beverage, which is more gingery but less bubbly than ginger ale. Although not to be confused with ginger ale, the soft drink could technically be substituted, especially if you’re making Moscow mule mocktails.

You can get as creative as you want with Moscow mules. Alter the flavors with an ounce of your favorite fruit juices or simple syrups. Here are some ideas for add-ins to exercise your mixology muscles:

  • Cherry juice
  • Pomegranate syrup
  • Rose’s lime juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Raspberry syrup

Cranberry moscow mules in the background with all the ingredients required to make them in the front.

How to Make a Cranberry Moscow Mule

This is a terrific cocktail and so easy to make (stirred, not shaken if you please!).

  1. Fill copper mugs with ice.
  2. Stir in the other ingredients.

Garnish with a mint sprig, some lime slices, and a stir stick or straw and enjoy.

To Make these for large gatherings, keep the proportions the same and mix up a big batch in a glass pitcher or punch bowl. If you can find cranberry vodka, use that in place of regular vodka! You’ll make any Christmas or holiday party extra special when you serve delicious Moscow mule cocktails.

Overhead image of a cranberry Moscow mule garnished with a mint sprig, lime slices, and fresh cranberries.

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Cranberry Moscow Mule Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Sweet, tangy, and with a gingery bite, they give any gathering a festive touch!



  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 oz cranberry cocktail
  • 1/2 oz lime juice fresh
  • 3 oz ginger beer
  • 2 sprigs mint

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  • Fill a glass or moscow mule mug with ice.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Give a stir and garnish with lime wedges, fresh cranberries and mint.

Recipe Notes

If you can find it, cranberry vodka is great in this recipe.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 195, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 9mg, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 85IU, Vitamin C: 28mg
Keyword cranberry moscow mule, moscow mule
Top photo - Two Cranberry Moscow mules in copper mugs topped with mint sprigs, lime slices, and cranberries. Bottom photo - Ingredients assembled to make a Cranberry Moscow Mule.
Top view of a Cranberry Moscow Mule.
Top photo - ingredients to make a Cranberry Moscow Mule. Bottom photo - Two Cranberry Moscow mules in copper mugs topped with mint sprigs, lime slices, and cranberries.

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