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The Cranberry Mule is a tasty spin on the classic Moscow Mule. It mixes tangy cranberry juice with bubbly ginger beer, creating a refreshing flavor. Vodka gives it some kick, and a squeeze of lime adds a zesty touch. If you want a lively, colorful drink for any time, the Cranberry Mule is a great choice. It’s perfect for adding some fun to your day, and it’s a delicious alternative to the original Moscow Mule.

cranberry mule

how to make a cranberry mule


  • 2 oz vodka
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 4-6 oz ginger beer
  • cranberries and rosemary, for garnish


In a mule mug, combine all ingredients with ice. Gently stir. Garnish with sugared cranberries and rosemary. Cin Cin!

cranberry mule

Sugar cranberries for your cranberry mule

For a festive touch, garnish your Cranberry Mule with sugar-coated cranberries and a sprig of fresh rosemary. The sugar cranberries add a sweet and visually appealing element, while the rosemary enhances the drink’s aroma with a hint of pine, creating a delightful holiday-inspired cocktail that’s as pleasing to the eyes as it is to the taste buds.

Here is a simple recipe on how to make a quick batch.


  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Rinse Cranberries: Wash the fresh cranberries thoroughly and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  2. Prepare Simple Syrup: In a saucepan, combine one cup of granulated sugar and half a cup of water. Heat over low heat, stirring until the sugar completely dissolves to create a simple syrup.
  3. Coat Cranberries: Place the cranberries into a heatproof bowl. Pour the warm simple syrup over the cranberries, ensuring they are fully coated.
  4. Refrigerate: Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours or overnight. The cranberries will absorb the syrup and become slightly firmer.
  5. Drain Excess Syrup: Remove the cranberries from the syrup, allowing any excess syrup to drip off.
  6. Roll in Sugar: Roll the syrup-coated cranberries in granulated sugar until they are evenly coated. You can do this in batches to ensure they are well-covered.
  7. Let Them Dry: Place the sugar-coated cranberries on a baking sheet or parchment paper to dry for about an hour. They will become slightly crispy with a sweet, sugary coating.

Now, your homemade sugar cranberries are ready for your cranberry mule as a garnish and for other drinks, desserts, or as a festive snack. Enjoy their sweet and tart burst of flavor!

cranberry mule

cranberry mule


Hi there, 
We are Elise and Evan and we're so glad you are here! Cheffing up tasty bites and sips is our love language and we are very happy to share these recipes with you. We both have valuable restaurant experience and have learned a thing or two about making tasty bites and sips. Through Carnelian Cooks we are sharing all of our tips and tricks! Please provide a comment or feedback below on any recipes that you give a try. 

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