Frosted Cranberry Moscow Mule

I’m kicking your normal mule up a notch with the holiday flavors of sugared cranberries and fizzy ginger beer that’s both festive and refreshing. Did you know that if you’ve overindulged in the holiday sweets, the ginger in this drink can actually soothe your tummy? Of course, you have to use ginger beer with real ginger. Just check your ingredient list on the packaging before purchasing if you’re curious.

The ingredients are few and simple, but combined, they make for such a fun and festive gram-worthy drink!

I got my mule glasses here >>> Copper Moscow Mule Mugs — but don’t worry if you don’t have mule glasses. It tastes just as well in any glass!

If you like you get scientific about your food (and I totally do), the point of the copper moscow mule cups is that copper is an excellent thermal conductor that helps keep whatever is inside the cup at a steady temperature. So, in this case, your drink stays frosty for a longer period of time and the ice doesn’t melt as quickly.

If you like the idea of making this drink even a little more extra special, making these sugared cranberries from A Spicy Perspective and using the leftover cranberry orange scented syrup for this drink is the perfect solution! Plus, you’ll be able to save a few of those delicious cranberries for garnishing your drink!

The rosemary sprig is also optional but I highly recommend it because eating and drinking is just as much about smell as it is taste. The aroma of the rosemary combined with the cranberry and ginger is so fantastic and I don’t want you to miss out! It also looks so fabulous and somehow don’t you think things just taste better if they look pretty? 

Frosted Cranberry Moscow Mule

makes one drink


  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup or leftover syrup from making sugared cranberries (see notes above for sugared cranberries recipe or see below for making a quick simple syrup)
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 2 ounces 100% cranberry juice, no sugar added
  • Sugared cranberries (or some fresh, frozen cranberries instead)
  • Fresh rosemary sprig for garnish (see post notes above)
  • Ginger beer (you’ll use about 1/2 bottle per drink)


  1. In a moscow mule glass or a short glass, mix 1/2 ounce simple syrup, 1 1/2 ounces vodka, 1/2 juiced lime, and 2 ounces 100% cranberry juice.
  2. Top off with ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with sugared cranberries and 1 sprig of fresh rosemary


*To make a quick simple syrup: in a small saucepan place 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water. Stir and heat over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat and allow to cool before adding to a cold drink. Save leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

*See above in post or click HERE for the recipe for sugared cranberries.

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