I’m gearing up for the weekend, a quick trip to NYC, and then when I return home to Salt Lake City, my family will be here to celebrate an early Christmas. Nothing like hitting the ground running, ha! If you’re looking for a festive cocktail to share with friends or family this season (or just to ease the hustle & bustle of the holiday), this holiday mule is a must try! It’s one of my favorite Christmas cocktails and it looks just as festive as it tastes. Click through for the recipe, and for my favorite solid copper barware…
Holiday Mule // makes 2 servings
4 ounces vodka
8 ounces ginger beer (I use Crabbies)
4 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
2 cups cranberries
2 cups water
ground cinnamon (for sprinkling)
Garnish: cranberries, rosemary, lime slices, and a cinnamon stick.
I’ll also note- part of the appeal of this cocktail is the heavy, copper mug that stays super cold while you’re sipping the drink. I also think copper and Christmas go hand-in-hand for a super festive look / presentation. If you don’t already have mule mugs, I’m here to tell you… buying a nice set is a worthy investment that you’ll have for years to come; they also make great gifts. I have the matching copper shot glasses, in case anyone would like to be topped off, and they’ve already come in handy a time or two.
Place the cranberries and water in a saucepan over medium high heat until they’re boiling and the cranberries begin to burst or crack. Remove from heat and with a fork, smash the berries. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 3 – 4 minutes longer until thickened and transformed into a glaze. Allow the cranberry sauce to cool and begin mixing the cocktails.
In a chilled moscow mule mug, combine ice, vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer, along with a couple spoonfuls of the cranberry glaze. Give it a good stir, add more ice if desired, and garnish the festive beverage with a sprig of rosemary, sliced lime, a sprinkle of cinnamon, whole cranberries, and a whole cinnamon stick.
The cinnamon really helps to bring out the berry flavor and tastes so delightfully seasonal!
The smashed cranberries give the cocktail a nice color and sweeten the mule just enough. It really has a nice flavor profile and doesn’t scream alcohol.
This is actually my youngest brother’s favorite drink, so I’ll definitely be making a few for him once he arrives for the holiday next week. He’s newly 21 and already has great taste in cocktails… if only I was that smart way back when. Ha! Happy Friday, guys. Cheers to the weekend!
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Amy LynnDecember 8, 2017 at 2:52 pm
Mmm! I was literally just thinking about Moscow mules and cranberry cocktails this morning! What a great combo :)
SarahDecember 9, 2017 at 9:55 am
They’re so good! I had one last night leftover from the shoot and it made my Friday so much more festive.
HollyDecember 10, 2017 at 6:14 pm
Moscow Mule was my favourite summer cocktail, this sounds amazing for the holidays Sarah!
SarahDecember 10, 2017 at 8:04 pm
Moscow mules are one of my favorite summer drinks too!
Urvashi SinghJanuary 4, 2020 at 10:40 am
I loved the way you prepare this drink.
I am sure going to prepare it and I will ask my husband to drink and dance with me ;-)
MayraDecember 24, 2021 at 12:06 pm
I made this drink today and it was an absolute success! The only thing missing was the copper mug, but I’ll correct this soon! Thanks for the recipe, Sarah!
SarahJanuary 4, 2022 at 9:16 am
I love hearing that, Mayra! I hope you had a lovely holiday season, and your year is off to a wonderful start!