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Front view of cranberry moscow mule garnished with cranberries and rosemary.

Cranberry Moscow Mule

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  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This cranberry moscow mule combines the tartness of cranberry with the spicy sweetness of a homemade cinnamon simple syrup to create the perfect holiday cocktail. Topped with ginger beer, this mule is perfect for enjoying with friends and family.


Units Scale


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 oz cranberry juice (we use unsweetened)
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 oz cinnamon simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 2-3 oz ginger beer to top off

Cinnamon Simple Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. In a small saucepan, stir together sugar and water, then add a cinnamon stick and bring to a boil for 4-5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the simple syrup sit for 30 minutes, then remove the cinnamon stick.
  2. In a cocktail shaker half filled with ice, add vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, and cinnamon simple syrup. Shake well and pour into a glass/copper mug, then top with 2-3 oz of ginger beer.


Make it a mocktail: Substitute the vodka with extra pomegranate juice and ginger beer. Alternatively, we recently tried these nonalcoholic spirits and loved them!

Simple syrup storage: store leftover cinnamon simple syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. 

Make ahead for a party: You can make the simple syrup and the base of the cocktail mixture (everything except the ginger beer) ahead of time. When ready to serve, stir/whisk well, pour into each glass and top off with ginger beer.

Keep it fresh: freshly squeezed lime juice makes a huge difference in these cranberry Moscow mules. Bottled citrus juice often contains additives and preservatives, so the flavor isn't nearly as fresh or tart.

Garnishes: fresh cranberries add a nice pop of tartness and sweetness to these mules. We also love to garnish with an herb sprig. Just about anything will do – we like rosemary, mint, thyme or sage.

  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cocktail
  • Calories: 759
  • Sugar: 155.1 g
  • Sodium: 83.1 mg
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 158.2 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 0.4 g