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!


  • 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


To serving glass add ice, lime juice, cranberry simple syrup, and vodka. Stir mixture. Top with ginger beer.

Garnish: Lime slice & cranberries

Yields: 1 serving