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Holiday Moscow Mule – a festive  Cranberry Moscow Mule cocktail that is perfect for all of your holiday entertaining.

Are you ready for the holidays? They are in full swing! Cookie baking is going on, turkeys are defrosting, and the bread is getting ready to be turned into my favorite stuffing recipe. Speaking of stuffing, do you have homemade stuff for the holidays, or do you use a mix? And do you add sausage to yours or leave it out? I am homemade and with sausage all the way!

One thing that is kind of necessary at the holiday gatherings is a festive cocktail. We love bellini’s at our house, and pomegranate mimosas are a great way to start the day as well.

Holiday Moscow Mule - a festive Cranberry Moscow Mule cocktail that is perfect for all of your holiday entertaining.


This Cranberry Moscow Mule or Yule Mule or even Holiday Mule if you want to get really festive, is a fun twist that one of my friends gave me. A classic Moscow mule has vodka, lime juice and ginger beer. For this holiday version there is cranberry juice in place of the lime. You could even leave the lime in there, if you wanted.

The original version of this recipe, my friend gave me was garnished with a lime or orange slice, but when I made them I totally forgot that step. Use that extra cranberry juice to make a Cranberry Mojito for your holiday parties as well.

holioday moscow mules in cups

The rosemary and cranberry garnish definitely make these holiday Moscow mules festive and great for the holidays. You can buy a bag of fresh cranberries at the store, and they will stay good in your fridge pretty much all season long. Fresh cranberries have the longest shelf life I have ever seen! So pick up a bag now!

I also made a Tuaca Mule that had a pomegranate Moscow mule option in the recipe, if you want another festive idea! But this Cranberry mule just screams the holidays to me.

holioday moscow mules in cups

I like to add the ginger beer at the last second before serving, because I like my cocktails to be nice and fizzy. So you could mix up a pitcher of the vodka, simple syrup, and cranberry juice to have chilled and ready for your guests. Then just pour and add the ginger beer to each glass when you are ready.

The copper mugs are obviously the signature for a Moscow mule, but definitely not necessary! If you only have glass tumblers, don’t let that stop you from making these festive cocktails for the holidays this year! These make a great addition to something other than just bottles of red and white wine at your get togethers. You can even dress up red wine and make Red Wine Spritzers!

holioday moscow mules in cups
holioday moscow mules in cups
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Holiday Moscow Mule

By Erin
Holiday Moscow Mule – a festive Cranberry Moscow Mule cocktail that is perfect for all of your holiday entertaining.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 2 oz ginger beer
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz 100% cranberry juice
  • Rosemary sprig and cranberries for garnish


  • Fill a mule mug with ice. Add vodka, simple syrup and cranberry juice, stir.
  • Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and cranberries.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 21g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drink Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 246
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Holiday Moscow Mule - a festive Cranberry Moscow Mule cocktail that is perfect for all of your holiday entertaining.

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    1. Thank you! They are from Smirnoff Vodka from about 30-40 years ago. My FIL found them in his basement and gave them to me 🙂