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Cranberry Moscow Mule

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Let’s switch up your favorite Moscow Mule for a Christmas Moscow Mule! Don’t drink Moscow Mules? What are you waiting for? They’re deliciously refreshing and this version is the perfect Christmas Cocktail recipe!

The Cranberry Moscow Mule features a good spicy ginger ale, unsweetened cranberry juice, ice-cold vodka, and fresh rosemary sprigs.

No Lime Moscow Mule?

YES! I know the iconic mules leans heavily on the lime for its flavor kick. This Cranberry Moscow Mule gets its kick from unsweetened cranberry juice and a little floral lift from the fresh rosemary.

Refreshing Moscow Mules with cranberry juice, vodka, and ginger ale. No lime mules!

You might be tempted to skip the rosemary for this Christmas cocktail because who has fresh rosemary this time of the year? But I urge you to grab a little pot of rosemary for your kitchen window sill OR grab a packet of fresh rosemary from the produce section because it elevates this Christmas Cocktail!

Those little packs of fresh rosemary last a long time in the fridge. And you’ll have enough for the entire Christmas season! And while a Cranberry Moscow Mule will taste ok without the rosemary it will taste AMAZING with it.

Muddling the rosemary for a christmas cocktail.

How to Use the Fresh Rosemary in a Moscow Mule?

I use it as a garnish on top of the drink so every sip gives you the essence right at your nose. But I also add a chunk to the mug and muddle it. THEN add the ice so it gets a chance to gently flavor the entire drink.

Also think about switching out the fresh cranberries for these beautiful Sugared Cranberries! Aren’t they lovely??

Ice over the muddled rosemary for the christmas cocktail.

Unsweetened Cranberry Juice?

I know you might be shuddering at the thought of that juice but when you’re using it to replace the snappy fresh citrus kick of a lime it works so perfectly!

You can try sweetened cranberry juice, it changes the way the drink tastes but it will work.

Unsweetened cranberry juice in christmas cocktails.

What Kind of Ginger Ale Goes in a Moscow Mule?

Oh my gosh! There’s no end to the variety of ginger ales out there. We’ve tried SO many to find the one we actually prefer. We’ve tried ginger beers too, they work great!

To find the perfect ginger ale takes a little work. You’ve got to go to the single soda area of your store and pick out a few of them and give them a try.

Our favorite ginger ale for these Cranberry Moscow Mule is Cock and Bull. They are spicy hot, and I don’t care for them alone, but in a drink, they taste amazing. But again, it’s a personal decision.

Can I use Sugar-Free Ginger Ale in a Moscow Mule??

You can TOTALLY use sugar-free ginger in moscow mules! When we were trying to find our preferred soda we went through a phase of sugar-free ginger ales. In the end we decided they were too sweet.

Two cranberry moscow mules, a fresh Christmas cocktail

Do I need a Copper Mug for Moscow Mules?

NO! I mean they look great in a copper mug but you don’t NEED them. The one thing a copper mug does is grab the chill of the ice and drink, and keep the whole thing icy cold. Which is REALLY nice, especially with a mule!

You can use any glass or mug you happen to have on hand. We have these vintage mugs my father in law gave us. Believe it or not, I found some on Ebay, under Color Craft Copper Mugs. But you can really find the iconic Moscow Mule copper mugs anywhere!

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Pin for a christmas cocktail.
Yield: 2 drinks

Cranberry Moscow Mule

Finished Cranberry Mule.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 4-6 rosemary springs, 1-2 inches long, washed
  • ice
  • 2 shots vodka, ice cold
  • 4 shots unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1 12 ounce ginger ale, I used Cock and Bull but find your favorite
  • fresh cranberries


  1. add 1 short spring of rosemary to each mug or glass
  2. muddle lightly with a wooden spoon or something like that to release the flavors
  3. add ice
  4. add one shot of vodka to each mug
  5. add 2 shots of cranberry juice to each mug
  6. top with ginger ale
  7. garnish with 2 sprigs rosemary and fresh cranberries

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 235Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 18mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 4gSugar 29gProtein 1g

This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.

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