Cranberry Moscow Mule

A bright splash of cranberry flavor transforms the classic Moscow Mule cocktail into a new festive cranberry favorite! This delicious drink is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's and is simple to make! Cheers!

Cranberry Moscow Mule close up with fresh cranberries and lime

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Cranberry Moscow Mule shown from above

Tis the season for everything cranberry!

If you're a fan of the classic Moscow Mule, and you love cranberries, you have to give this delicious and refreshing drink a try!

This drink is traditionally served in the copper mug. The mug takes on the coldness of the drink, but if you don't have the mugs, no worries. Don't rush and buy them, you can use a highball glass instead!

This drink was invented in the early 1940's at the Chatham Hotel in New York and was called "Little Moscow". It became popular soon after and could be found all over.

This cranberry version of the Moscow Mule is fantastic! It's slightly sweeter and so refreshing. I love it more than the original and it's so fun and festive for the holiday season.

It's also great for any get together like girl's night, bachelorette parties, game night and more! You can have a Moscow Mule bar and include strawberries, blackberries and other berries so everyone can customize their own drink!

If you're a cranberry fan like I am, then you'll also want to try this Cranberry Sangria or this Cranberry Orange Whiskey Sour!

Two cups with ginger beer and vodka in background

What are the ingredients in this recipe?

Cranberry Moscow Mule Recipe ingredients

Recipe tips:

  • To make this recipe non-alcoholic, omit the vodka
  • I prefer using pure cranberry juice for this recipe (not cranberry juice cocktail) but either will work
  • Moscow Mules should not be made ahead as the ginger beer will start to flatten (lose it's bubbles) once opened
  • To make a Kentucky mule, use bourbon instead of vodka
  • To add a little “something extra” add 1/2 ounce of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur— it helps enhance the earthiness of the cranberries
  • You can freeze the cranberries ahead of time to give the drink a frosty look

Cranberry Moscow Mule with ginger beer

Other holiday drink recipes you may like:

This recipe is ready in these steps:

Three photo collage with hand pouring liquid

You can add or substitute with the following ingredients:

  • raspberries
  • blackberries
  • honey to sweeten, optional
  • lemon
  • blueberries
  • fresh mint
  • peach
  • apple cider
  • grapefruit
  • orange

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

Cranberry Moscow Mule

Cranberry Moscow Mule

Yield: 1 cocktail
Author: Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time: 10 MinTotal time: 10 Min


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce pure cranberry juice
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • Lime slices and fresh cranberries, to garnish, optional


  1. Fill a mule glass with ice. 
  2. Add the vodka and cranberry juice
  3. Top with ginger beer (enough to fill the cup). 
  4. Garnish with lime and cranberries, if desired. 
  5. Serve immediately.
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