Cranberry Mule

christmas mule cocktail
Photo: Emily Kate Roemer
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 45 mins
1 drink

The classic Moscow Mule cocktail becomes holiday party-ready with the addition of homemade cranberry simple syrup.


For the Whole-Berry Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 8 ounces frozen cranberries (2 cups)

  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest

For the cocktail

  • 2 ounces vodka, chilled

  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice, plus 3 thinly sliced lime rounds, for garnish

  • 4 ounces ginger beer (½ cup), chilled


  1. Make the Whole-Berry Cranberry Simple Syrup: Stir together sugar, cranberries, lime zest, and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high, stirring constantly, until cranberries just start to burst, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool completely. Refrigerate, covered, until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 1 week.

  2. Make the cocktail: Fill a 12-ounce glass with ice cubes. Stir in vodka, lime juice, ginger beer, and 3 tablespoons cranberries and syrup from Whole-Berry Cranberry Simple Syrup. Garnish with lime rounds.

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