Cranberry Pomegranate Mules are a festive spin on your classic Moscow Mule. Begin with the basics: vodka + ginger beer. Then tart pomegranate juice and slightly sweet cranberry juice give these mules a deep red hue—and a splash of flavor. Add a squeeze of lime, top with a festive garnish, and enjoy.
You can make cranberry pomegranate mules for a small, intimate gathering or a large party. They’re a great way to liven up a traditional cocktail at Thanksgiving or Christmas, and they’re super simple to make. If you want to get fancy, you can make sugared cranberries and sugared rosemary to add an elegant flourish.
Why KJ Loves
Cranberry Pomegranate Mules
A traditional Moscow mule is a cocktail with ginger beer, vodka, and lime—served in a copper mug.
According to cocktail lore (and The New York Times), the Moscow mule was created in the 1940s when several business owners needed to drum up more sales. Legend has it that John Martin was trying to get Americans to drink his Smirnoff vodka. Jack Morgan, a pub owner, wanted to sell more ginger beer. Some tales mention a third business owner who wanted to sell copper mugs.
Mix these ingredients together: magic.
Add an extra bit of holiday magic with festive cranberry and pomegranate, and you can’t get much better. Then sip up the holiday cheer.
Cranberry Pomegranate Mule Ingredients:
The dark color, sweetness, and slight tang give this Moscow mule a festive spin.
The perfect companion to the pomegranate juice!
Freshly squeezed is the way to go
The “kick” from the ginger beer is supposedly why this drink is called a “mule.”
The classic liquor for a mule. Easily make these mules virgin by leaving out the vodka.
Pomegranate aerials, sugared cranberries, sugared rosemary or lime wedges.
Serving Cranberry Pomegranate Mules
Moscow mules are classically served in a copper mug. There are many questionable theories out there as to why—like they keep the drink colder or enhance the flavor. Those points aside, I like using copper mugs because they’re fun!
How to make sugared cranberries/rosemary: Run the cranberries and rosemary under warm water. Gently toss them in granulated sugar until coated, and then allow to dry on a baking sheet for at least 1 hour prior to serving. You can make these garnishes in advance and store them in an airtight container.
Easily make this a pitcher cocktail! Mix together the pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, lime juice, and vodka. Add the ginger beer on top right before serving, or have bottles of ginger beer for guests to top off their glasses. Since ginger beer is the fizzy element of this cocktail, you don’t want to add it too soon, or it will lose its fizz.
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