This Christmas Moscow Mule is a festive holiday cocktail with cranberry and orange flavors added to your traditional mule recipe.
- Vodka: use your favorite kind of vodka! For a mocktail version, omit the vodka.
- Ginger beer: I use non-alcoholic ginger beer.
- Cranberry juice: I use cranberry juice cocktail, which is a tad sweeter than 100% cranberry juice. If you prefer using 100% cranberry juice, go for it!
- Orange: A squeeze of a fresh orange slice adds a slight acidity. Go ahead and toss that orange slice in the drink after squeezing it for a garnish!
- Garnishes: the orange wedge, a rosemary sprig, and fresh cranberries make this holiday drink extra festive. I love the herbal scent that the rosemary adds to this drink. The fresh cranberries don't add much flavor but they are beautiful.
How to make a Christmas Mule
- Combine the vodka, ginger beer, and cranberry juice in a glass or copper mug with ice.
- Squeeze the orange wedge in and stir.
- Garnish with the orange wedge, a rosemary sprig, and fresh cranberries, if desired.
Pitcher and entertaining tips (ideas for holiday parties!)
If making mules for a large group, I recommend combining the vodka, ginger beer, and cranberry juice in a pitcher. Since the ginger beer is carbonated, to keep it from turning flat, you'll want to serve it quickly. Pour the drinks into copper mugs filled with ice and garnish each one with the orange, rosemary, and cranberries.
Another fun option for a holiday party is to create a Moscow mule bar! Write or print out pretty directions and frame or hang them next to all the ingredients. Guests can help themselves and pick their garnishes!
If you try this Christmas Moscow Mule recipe, I'd love to hear what you think in the comments! Cheers and happy holidays!
Please drink responsibly.
Christmas Moscow Mule
- 1 Copper Mug optional
- 2 oz vodka
- 4 oz ginger beer
- 4 oz cranberry juice cocktail
- ½ inch orange slice
- 1 Rosemary sprig for garnish
- 3 Cranberries for garnish, optional
- Add the vodka, ginger beer, and cranberry juice to a glass or copper mug. Add a handful of ice to the glass. Squeeze the orange into the glass. Stir well.
- Garnish with the orange slice, a rosemary sprig, and a couple of cranberries. Serve immediately.