Cranberry Moscow Mule Recipe

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A Cranberry Moscow Mule is a festive way to brighten up your classic Moscow Mule this winter. As always, this cocktail has a very good balance of sweet, sour, spicy, and boozy.

There’s a reason everyone loves a Moscow Mule. The spicy ginger mixed with vodka and lime is a perfectly balanced cocktail that’s easy to make and delicious. So why not dress it up for the holidays with a little cranberry!

>> You might also want to check out our Blood Orange Moscow Mule and Cranberry Ginger Beer Cocktail.

Cranberry Moscow Mule
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Adding an ounce of cranberry juice and some beautiful fresh cranberries turns this classic into a lovely holiday cooler that can be served at parties or just to sip on while you watch holiday movies on a lazy afternoon.

If you love a Moscow Mule, you’ll also want to try a few other classic sippers, like a Mojito, a Gin Fizz, and a Dark & Stormy.

Copper Mugs

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Copper mug not required. But I guarantee it will taste better if you have one. I don’t know why, but it has an affect that can’t be match in a regular glass.

For one, the copper keeps the drink incredible cold and the ice doesn’t melt as fast, so it doesn’t get watery. As if you wouldn’t drink it fast enough to prevent that anyways.

What Ginger Beer to Use in a Moscow Mule?

Do keep in mind that ginger ale is not the same as ginger beer. It’s important. Of course if you can’t find ginger beer, we won’t look down on you for using ginger ale instead. Do what you gotta do.

The quality of ginger beer makes a big difference in this cocktail, so I recommend finding your perfect brand. I use Bundaberg ginger beer most often, because the balance of spicy to sweet is right on.

bundaberg ginger beer

But there are many other high quality brands that taste great in this cocktail. We often use Rachel’s Ginger Beer from Seattle. I have to say that I don’t love Old Jamaica Ginger Beer for this cocktail, especially the light version.

Fever Tree has Refreshingly Light Ginger Ale that would be a good alternative when making a low-cal / low-carb version of this drink.

What Vodka to Use in a Moscow Mule?

Quality matters with the vodka too. You want to get something smooth and easy drinking to pair with the ginger beer and lime. If you want to keep it Russian, go with Russian Standard or Stoli. Otherwise, we really like Tito’s and Belvedere.

Here are a few of our favorite vodkas that you can purchase through Saucey or get at your local liquor store. These can be found just about anywhere in the U.S. and they run about $25 for a 750ml.

titos vodka
russian standard vodka
belevedere vodka

How to Make a Moscow Mule

Step 1: Squeeze the lime into the mug and toss in the rind.

Step 2: Add ice to the mug. Pour in the vodka, cranberry juice, and ginger beer.

Step 3: Stir, garnish with fresh cranberries, and enjoy.

See how easy that is to make a Cranberry Moscow Mule? You’ll be drinking these all the time now that you know how easy they are and how delicious, too.

Even without the copper mug, it’s still a gorgeous drink! Don’t avoid it if you don’t have the mug. There are still plenty of reasons to love it.

Cranberry Moscow Mule

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Moscow Mule
Yield: 1 cocktail

Cranberry Moscow Mule

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A Cranberry Moscow Mule adds cranberry juice to an already amazing cocktail to give it a fun and festive holiday twist.


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed into glass
  • 3 oz ginger beer
  • Ice


  1. Fill the mug with ice. Squeeze the lime to release as much juice as possible, then toss the rind into the glass. Add the vodka, cranberry juice, and ginger beer.
  2. Stir, garnish with fresh cranberries, and serve.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 3gSugar: 20gProtein: 1g

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5 thoughts on “Cranberry Moscow Mule Recipe

  1. Jessica Formicola says:

    I love moscow mules, but I’ve never thought to add cranberry! Such a delicious and festive cocktail for the holidays!

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