A Cranberry Moscow Mule with fresh cranberries and refreshing cranberry juice is the ultimate signature holiday vodka cocktail.
No holiday cocktail party is complete without a Cranberry Moscow Mule. It’s a must at your upcoming holiday gatherings.
Now that it’s November, cranberries are in full supply at local grocery stores. I don’t know what it is about cranberries and turkey that make the pairing perfect for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.
One tip about buying fresh cranberries is that as soon as you see them, you need to stock up! It seems that once the supply is out of stock, it’s gone until next November.
Cranberries just aren’t for festive holiday cocktails. This tangy fruit also works great in a variety of recipes! One of my favorite cranberry recipes is our tasty Cranberry Raisin Bars.
Here are a few other Holiday Cranberry Recipes that you might enjoy:
The Moscow Mule has been a signature good cocktail that has been around since the 1940s.
“The mule was born in Manhattan but “stalled” on the West Coast for the duration. The birthplace of “Little Moscow” was in New York’s Chatham Hotel. Three friends were in the Chatham bar, one John A. Morgan, known as Jack, president of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products and owner of the Hollywood Cock ‘n’ Bull Restaurant; one was John G. Martin, president of G.F. Heublein Brothers Inc. of Hartford, Conn., and the third was Rudolph Kunett, president of the Pierre Smirnoff, Heublein’s vodka division.
As Jack Morgan tells it, “We three were quaffing a slug, nibbling an hors d’oeuvre and shoving toward inventive genius”. Martin and Kunett had their minds on their vodka and wondered what would happen if a two-ounce shot joined with Morgan’s ginger beer and the squeeze of a lemon. Ice was ordered, lemons procured, mugs ushered in and the concoction put together. Cups were raised, the men counted five and down went the first taste. It was good. It lifted the spirit to adventure. Four or five days later the mixture was christened the Moscow mule…” – George Sinclair, New York Herald Tribune 1948
WHAT IS A TRADITIONAL MOSCOW MULE MADE WITH?
A Moscow Mule is a cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice that is garnished with a slice or wedge of lime. It is a type of buck, therefore sometimes called a vodka buck. The Moscow Mule is popularly served in a copper mug, which takes on the cold temperature of the liquid.
CAN YOU MAKE THIS COCKTAIL BEFOREHAND?
Yes, you can make a large batch before your party starts. Then as your guests start to arrive, pour the cocktail into a copper mug filled with ice. Then had a garnish with frozen or fresh cranberries and a spring of rosemary.
WHAT IS A CRANBERRY MOSCOW MULE?
The Cranberry Moscow Mule is a festive and fun take on the traditional mule. To make a cranberry Moscow Mule, you will combine the traditional mule ingredients with a cranberry juice cocktail.
CAN I SUBSTITUTE ANOTHER FRUIT FOR THE CRANBERRY JUICE FLAVOR?
Yes, you can substitute a different fruit if you are looking at making a different type of cocktail such as a Summer cocktail featuring strawberries, blueberries, or a different seasonal fruit.
HOW TO GARNISH A MOSCOW MULE
Garnishing a Moscow Mule is part of the fun with serving this drink. The traditional way to garnish is with cranberries and a sprig of fresh rosemary. However, you can also garnish the Mule with mint, fresh berries, and lime.
CAN I MAKE A CRANBERRY MOSCOW MULE NON-ALCOHOLIC?
Yes, you definitely can. Instead of alcohol, you can use club soda. You will not need to substitute the ginger beer as it’s non-alcoholic.
Now let’s talk about our Cranberry Moscow Mule. This tasty holiday drink, complete with both fresh and frozen cranberries, pairs well with the tart ginger and fresh lime flavors that you would find in the traditional Moscow Mule drink.
HOW TO MAKE A CRANBERRY MOSCOW MULE
A bright splash of seasonal color transforms this classic cocktail into a new holiday favorite. If you enjoy the warm gingery flavor of a traditional Moscow Mule, you will definitely want to give this one a try!
Yield: 1 cocktail
Total Prep Time: 5 minutes
3 oz. premium vodka
1 oz. 100% cranberry juice
1 T. fresh lime juice
8 oz. ginger beer
fresh rosemary sprigs, bottom leaves removed, approximately 2-3” long
To make cranberry sprig garnish, carefully thread 3 fresh cranberries onto the bottom of each rosemary stem.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice. Shake well and pour into ice-filled copper mugs. Top off mug with ginger beer and stir to combine.
Garnish with rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries, if desired. Serve immediately.
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Cranberry Moscow Mule
- 3 oz. premium vodka
- 1 oz. 100% cranberry juice
- 1 T. fresh lime juice
- 8 oz. ginger beer
- Garnish: (optional)
- fresh rosemary sprigs, bottom leaves removed, approximately 2-3” long
- fresh cranberries
- To make a cranberry sprig garnish, carefully thread 3 fresh cranberries onto the bottom of each rosemary stem.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice. Shake well and pour into ice-filled copper mugs. Top off mug with ginger beer and stir to combine.
- Garnish with rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries, if desired. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 387 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 23mg Carbohydrates: 50g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 40g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
This post was originally posted in December 2017.