The Story Behind The Cranberry Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule, in addition to being delicious, is the perfect cocktail to make at home. It’s simple and fresh, and will impress your friends, especially during the holiday season. I like to add some fruity variation to the classic recipe, usually in the form of a simple syrup.

Simple syrups are great to use in cocktails, as they add a lot of flavor without diluting the drink substantially. They’re also very easy to prepare: mix together 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water, then add a specific spice, fruit, or flavor. The mixture is then poured into a saucepan and heated until the sugar is dissolved. Afterwards, strain the mixture and chill for your next cocktail concoction.

As it happens, cranberries are currently in season and perfect for a simple syrup, as they add both bitter flavor and sweetness. To make it, add ½ cup of fresh cranberries to the standard simple syrup recipe. After the sugar is dissolved into the water the mixture is then strained into a container and can be used in all your holiday cocktails for up to two weeks. In addition to the cranberry simple syrup, the ginger beer adds a spicy festive flavor. So if you’re planning any holiday parties this year, consider making the fun and spirited Cranberry Moscow Mule!

See our Complete Guide to Mule Drinks including recipes and variations here!


  • 1.5 ounces of vodka
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • ½ ounce of cranberry simple syrup
  • ½ bottle of ginger beer
  • ½ to 1 cup of crushed ice


  1. Add ice, lime juice, cranberry simple syrup, and vodka to serving glass.
  2. Stir mixture.
  3. Top with ginger beer.

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Updated: 2022-12-13

The Cranberry Moscow Mule Recipe