Cranberry Moscow Mule

Closeup of a cranberry Moscow mule in copper cup topped with fresh cranberries, mint, and lime.

Get in the holiday spirit with a festive Cranberry Moscow Mule! This Christmas cocktail with vodka, cranberries, lime and ginger beer is an easy and delicious crowd pleaser.


  • 10 Cranberries
  • 5-10 mint leaves
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 2 oz spiced vodka (see below)
  • 2 1/2 oz ginger beer (about)
  • Crushed ice

For spiced vodka:

  • 1-2 cups good quality vodka (I like Tito's)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 3-5 whole cloves


To make spiced vodka:

  1. Add vodka, cinnamon stick, star anise, and cloves to a jar or airtight container. Fill with vodka and let infuse for at least 24 hours. Remove spices before serving.

For Spiced Cranberry Mule:

  1. In the bottom of your mug, muddle half of the cranberries and mint. Add spiced vodka, lime juice, and ice.
  2. Add additional whole cranberries(optional) and fill mug the rest of the way with ginger beer.
  3. Stir and serve garnished with lime wedge.

To make a pitcher for a crowd:

  1. Add 1 cup cranberries and a medium-sized bunch of mint leaves to a pitcher and muddle gently. Add 1 cup lime juice, 4 cups spiced vodka, and 4-5 cups ginger beer to a large pitcher.
  2. Refrigerate pitcher until ready to serve. When ready, fill mugs with crushed ice. Pour Spiced Cranberry Mules over ice and enjoy!

Keywords: cranberry cocktail, cranberry Moscow mule, winter cocktail