Sweet, spicy, tart, strong, yet light.
Using the sizzle and fizzle of gingerbeer, then adding in some lime, top it off with some cool ice and you are about to spark up a cranberry ginger Moscow mule!
So what exactly is a Cranberry Ginger Moscow Mule?
Festive Cranberry Ginger Moscow Mule Cocktails truly share all of the tastes of the Holiday season in one copper mug!
Better yet, if we are being bluntly honest, this is the drink to shove at aunt Shirley to get her to just take a chill pill for a bit so you can make it through the holiday without her clamoring nonstop about nothing!
You are welcome, that is my early holiday gift to you!
One of these and it’s a relaxing time!
Moscow Mules Take On A New Holiday
Each season, holiday, and celebration require a fresh cocktail, and well one of my faves is a Moscow Mule.
Earthy ginger beer just seems to scream CHRISTMAS and holidays so I just poured it on into a copper mug.
After all, with so many holidays upon us, it’s time to let the merriment begin
I remember the first time I saw my grandfather prepare a Moscow Mule I wanted so badly to know what was in that fancy mug.
Naturally, with each different season, he stirred in a few different ingredients.
After all, you can’t change a season without updating a drink, can you?
It seems that a Festive Cranberry Ginger Moscow Mule Cocktail is the perfect balance of sip-worthy in one fancy mug!
Cranberry Ginger Moscow Mule
Always remember not to drink and drive and friends don’t let friends drive after drinking.
When you are ready to share the color pops of the holidays, this is the go-to cocktail to share and serve.
Get ready for a bright splash of seasonal color that matches the intensity of the season from flavor to color!
Seasonal as this beverage may be, it’s what you dress it up with that actually transforms this classic cocktail into a new holiday favorite.
Calling all those Moscow Mule lovers who crave that warm ginger flavor and still and want to make it their next signature holiday beverage!
For this recipe, I’ll share a mix for 2 cocktails, and you can double it for anyone else you might be entertaining or yourself.
Tip To Rock The Cranberry Ginger Moscow Mule
Never ever skimp on the alcohol content. Don’t skim to add less, always add at least the amount.
Well, there are times you can fake it till you make it, but for this drink, take your Vodka seriously!
Really, top-shelf vodka, a.k.a. premium vodka because that is your drinks’ base.
Ketel One, Grey Goose, etc. you get the idea.
Cheap vodka absolutely ruins this drink.
Can I add a P.S. here?
You can use a LIME vodka if it’s not that $8 bottle of vodka.
Lime will give this a bit more of a boost in flavor.
Also, did I mention that once in a while we toss in a zest of fresh lime?
Alternative Holiday Cocktails – I’ve got them! ↓↓↓↓
Seeking a different drink, without Ginger Beer try out Santa’s Sooty Shooter!
Ginger Beer Oddities and Where To cut Calories
So for those of you that LOVE your Moscow Mules but really want to curb some of the caloric content, keep reading.
I’ve gone as far as to use Kevita Master Brew Kombucha Ginger.
You either are a Kombucha person or you are not, but if you want to cut some calories, try this instead of ginger beer.
As far as Ginger Beer, well the sky is the limit.
IF you have a favorite ginger beer, it’s time to crack it open and spill it into your Festive Cranberry Ginger Moscow Mule.
However, if you are ASKING me which I use, it’s FEVER TREE.
Clean, clear, crisp, and it’s not overly sweet, which matters in this cocktail.
But again, you can use what makes you happy.
Do note there is such a thing as DIET Ginger Beer and it is definitely less caloric and contains less sugar and thus fewer carbs.
Alternatives to kick this Cranberry Ginger Moscow Mule Up A Bit More
Once I’ve created a drink I never stop recreating it, and in this case, I wanted to try my summer flavored mules and see if they could hold up to this flavor combination.
If you love rum and coke, you are going to love Cranberry Rum and Gingerbeer mules too.
Instead of using Vodka, use spiced rum and it’s like a party in your mouth as it’s awesome.
It’s kind of like Santa’s elves dropped off everyone else’s gifts at your house good!
Recipe For Cranberry Ginger Moscow Mules
Festive Cranberry Ginger Moscow Mule Cocktails
- 5 oz. premium vodka
- 2 oz. 100% cranberry juice
- 3 Tsp Of fresh squeezed lime juice
- 12 oz. ginger beer (diet is good too!)
- fresh rosemary sprigs with the bottom, leaves removed.
- Each sprig should be approximately 2-3” long
- Fresh lime wedges and cranberries
- To create a cranberry sprig garnish, carefully thread 3 fresh cranberries onto the bottom of each rosemary stem.
- Next, fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice.
- Shake well, as you mean it.
- Pour into ice-filled copper mugs.
- Top off each mug with ginger beer and stir to combine.
- Last, garnish with rosemary sprigs and lime wedges, if desired, before serving. ‘
- Sip. Sip. Hooray!