Let’s be honest: few things call for a cocktail quite like the year that has been 2020. While we might not know quite how it ends, we know for certain that a copper “clink” will leave things on a high note, and this holiday Moscow Mule recipe does just that.
This delicious twist on the traditional Moscow Mule drink is worth keeping around even after the Christmas tree comes down.
So, what’s the secret?
A hint of cranberry for a tart, fruity twist and the herbaceous essence of rosemary and sage. Now, don’t get it confused: this cocktail recipe isn’t just for the culinary mastermind. Whether you’re a cocktail connoisseur or a first-time host, this holiday Moscow Mule recipe will be the bar favorite at your next holiday soiree – and you probably already have most of the ingredients in your home.
This holiday Moscow Mule is only slightly skewed from the traditional recipe, so let’s just cut to the chase.
Christmas Moscow Mule
- Copper Mug
- Copper Shaker
- 3 rosemary sprigs
- 2 sage leaves
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 oz vodka
- 2 oz cranberry juice
- 4 oz ginger beer
- 0.5 oz lime
- 1 cup ice
- 1. In a copper cocktail shaker, muddle a small amount of rosemary and sage with a teaspoon of sugar. In other words, gently press down on the mixture of herbs and sugar with the utensil of your choice. This will help draw out some of the natural oils from the herbs to give your cocktail an aromatic edge.
- 2. Add vodka and cranberry juice to your cocktail shaker.
- 3. Add lime juice to taste.
- 4. Give it a good shake!
- 5. Pour your concoction into a copper Mule mug, top with ice.
- 6. Fill to just below the rim with your ginger beer of preference.
You’re *almost* finished. But, in the spirit of (most) cocktails, it only tastes as good as it looks. Give your cranberry Moscow Mule the garnish it deserves with a few bobbing cranberries and a sprig of rosemary. You might even prefer to make a skewer of cranberries for a festive and creative drink stirrer. Add a slice of lime for a red and green holiday appeal, and enjoy!
Not all cocktails are created equal – especially around the holidays. For a non-alcoholic holiday cocktail solution, simply skip the vodka and enjoy it without. No matter who’s driving home, the beverage tastes wonderful with ginger beer, lime, and our festive twist. For a lighter, more effervescent version of the drink, cut the ginger beer with sparkling water or club soda.