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Christmas Moscow Mule

The Christmas Moscow Mule, also known as a Yule Mule, is a fun and festive cocktail for the holiday season. This Christmas mule is perfect for holiday parties or to simply sip by the Christmas tree for a holiday twist on your favorite cocktail.

Christmas Moscow Mule in a copper mug with cranberries, lime slice and sprig of rosemary for garnishes.

Christmas Moscow Mule

 

A Christmas Moscow Mule is a festive twist on a classic moscow mule recipe. We’re adding in cranberry juice to make it a delicious holiday cocktail and garnishing this beauty with fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs. Served in signature copper mugs in the traditional spirit of a moscow mule cocktail.

Cranberry juice is a popular Christmas cocktail mixer, making a classic cocktail into a festive drink for the season. With it’s sweet and tart flavor, the cranberry moscow mule is perfect for holiday celebrations.

And we love cranberry cocktails this time of year and have a few more you might love! Try this earthy Cranberry Rosemary Cocktail or this sweet Cranberry Sangria to add a little holiday cheer to your get-togethers. And if you need more options for your guests, serve this amazing Non-Alcoholic Christmas Punch for your non-drinkers to enjoy.

Or browse all of our Christmas cocktails for more ideas.

Why You’ll Love this Christmas Moscow Mule

  • It makes a delicious and festive signature cocktail for your holiday party.
  • It’s a fun twist on a classic.
  • An easy recipe that’s quick to whip up!
  • It’s also great idea for a happy hour or late night drinks.

Christmas mule drink with a caraft of cranberry juice and bottle of vodka in the background along with a small bowl of fresh cranberries and festive christmas decorations.

 

More Christmas Cocktails

If you’re looking for more festive ideas, all of these make a perfect cocktail for the Christmas season:

Green Christmas Shots

Santa Shooters

Crownberry Cocktail

Santa Hat Jello Shots

Kitchen Equipment

Why are Christmas Mules Served in a Copper Mug?

Just like traditional Moscow mule recipes, it’s best to serve your Christmas Moscow Mule in a classic copper mug. Why? The metal takes on the temperature of the drink, keeping it cooler and more refreshing. Plus, it just look so darn cool!

But don’t fret if you don’t have copper mugs! You can grab some here on Amazon or simply serve them in a lowball cocktail glass. They’ll taste just as amazing in your own glassware.

Ingredients

We’re using the same basic recipe with the addition of a cranberry twist in this Christmas Moscow Mule recipe.

VODKA: A staple in the mule cocktail, be sure to use a good quality vodka for a smoother taste.

CRANBERRY JUICE: If you love a tart cocktail, use real cranberry juice. If you like added sweetness, use a cranberry juice cocktail. Cranberry juice cocktail is sweetened with additional juices, such as apple juice. I prefer a little sweetness in my Christmas Mule, so I’m using the cranberry cocktail juice.

GINGER BEER: Spicy ginger beer adds a bold taste and a little bubbly. If you’re a fan of moscow mules, you’ll love how well the ginger beer spices mix with cranberry.

LIME JUICE: Fresh lime juice adds a refreshing zing to the drink and adds to the tart and tangy flavor.

GARNISHES: Add a lime wedge (or a fancy lime wheel), fresh cranberries and a rosemary sprig for the complete holiday mule look!

Ingredients for a Cranberry Mule displayed on counter top.

 

How to Make a Cranberry Mule

This Christmas Moscow Mule is all about the carbonation in the ginger beer, so it’s best NOT to use cocktail shaker, where the shaking will reduce the bubbles. To preserve the carbonation, simply create the entire cocktail in the copper mug and serve over ice.

STEP 1: Add ice to your copper cup.

STEP 2: Pour in the vodka, cranberry juice and then the ginger beer.

Pouring vodka into a copper mug filled with ice. Fresh cranberries and sprigs of rosemary and limes in the background.

 

STEP 3: Add fresh lime juice on top. Give the drink a light stir.

STEP 4: Add a lime wedge, several cranberries and a sprig of rosemary for garnish. I also added these cute striped straws and a holiday Christmas tree topper to really give this cocktail the holiday spirit!

Festive Cranberry Moscow Mule with garnishes and added red and white striped straws and a green christmas tree pick.

 

Large Batch Cranberry Moscow Mule Recipe

This one is a little trickier than other cocktail recipes when making it in a large batch, but a delicious cranberry juice cocktail makes the perfect holiday drink to serve guests. When hosting your next holiday party, I know you’d rather make a large batch so you don’t spend so much time in the kitchen!

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Use a large pitcher or punch bowl.
  2. Prep your garnishes and set them out for guests to add to their cocktail.
  3. Line up your copper mugs.
  4. Pour 1 part vodka, 1 part cranberry juice and 1 part ginger beer.
  5. Give it a very light swirl to mix so not to remove the carbonation.

 

Christmas Mule Variations

  • If ginger beer is just too spicy for you or some of your guests, use ginger ale for an alternative.
  • Not a fan of rosemary? Garnish with other fresh herbs like a sprig of mint for an entirely different aroma.

A Christmas Moscow Mule is the perfect drink to serve during the holiday season. It is a refreshing and festive cocktail that is incredibly easy to make, making it a favorite Christmas cocktail.

Yield: 1

Christmas Moscow Mule

Christmas Moscow Mule in a copper mug with cranberries, lime slice and sprig of rosemary for garnishes.

The Christmas Moscow Mule, also known as a Yule Mule, is a fun and festive cocktail for the holiday season. This Christmas mule is perfect for holiday parties or to simply sip by the Christmas tree for a holiday twist on your favorite cocktail.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • 2 ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 2 ounces Ginger Beer
  • 1 ounce Lime Juice (1/2 lime squeezed)
  • Lime Wedge (garnish)
  • Fresh Cranberries (garnish)
  • Rosemary Sprigs (garnish)

Instructions

  1. Add ice to your copper cup.
  2. Pour in the vodka, cranberry juice and then the ginger beer.
  3. Add fresh lime juice on top. Give the drink a light stir.
  4. Add a lime wedge, several cranberries and a sprig of rosemary for garnish.

Notes

See recipe post for variations or large batch recipe. Please drink responsibly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 269Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 7gSugar: 20gProtein: 1g

Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.

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