Cranberry Moscow Mule (Moscow Unicorn)

A good, traditional moscow mule is a long-time classic cocktail. It is easy to make, easy to order, and universally loved. You can make it with your favorite varieties of alcohol and add whatever twists you prefer. Like this Cranberry Moscow Mule.

This is a favorite holiday cocktail of ours for the holiday season. We always have the ingredients on hand for the traditional moscow mule and, of course, cranberry anything is readily available during the holidays. The best part of this cocktail recipe is how it pleases everyone’s tastes. It’s clean, crisp, a bit fruity, and still has a bit of old-fashioned flair. A fabulous party cocktail!

Cranberry moscow mule recipe. Easy to make and so pretty to serve! Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and turn this into a festive dessert!

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If you have never tried a Moscow Mule…it’s quite manly. When I say manly I mean…it packs a bit of a kick. That, I assume, is from the vodka. Or the ginger beer. So, my sister’s version mellows it out just a bit. Adding cranberry juice and a wee bit of sugar takes the manly away and makes it just…man? Um, okay, that’s strange. Either way, Moscow Mules are way more delicious when we take away the “mule” and insert “unicorn”.  You need to try this drink!  So simple and good. Just like our favorite cocktails should be.

Can I use a different alcohol then vodka for my Moscow Mule?

Of course! Bourbon, gin, and tequila are good candidates to take the place of that vodka. Keep in mind, though, that they will be different. Maybe, however, you will like it better!

Moscow Unicorn; a fun twist on the moscow mule from

Cranberry cocktails are perfect for the holiday season! Try our Cranberry Whiskey Sour, as well!

How cute are these copper mugs? Copper mugs are a must have in your liquor cabinet. They make your cocktails that much better :). 

Why does a Moscow Mule have to be in a copper cup?

Copper cups help your cocktail become and stay extra cold!

Festive cranberry moscow mule is a perfect holiday cocktail recipe!

We really love that the moscow mule uses only one type of alcohol, which makes the run to the liquor store much less expensive.  And the fact that it doesn’t need a shaker or any fancy cocktail tools is definitely a bonus!

This is a great drink to have for your New Year’s party because it is so easily adaptable.  It can be as strong or as weak as you like, and it can easily be made virgin for kids who might be at the party.  Just add this gentle drink in among your traditional, stronger cocktails and everyone will be excited to try it!

Maybe you aren’t into drinks with alcohol? Or you want to serve an option to the young ones at the festivities? Simply replace the alcohol with a club soda, ginger ale, or more juice. A delicious mocktail!

Festive cranberry moscow mule is a perfect holiday cocktail recipe!

Cranberry Moscow Mule

| 1 serving
Prep Time | 5 minutes
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A delicious festive cocktail. We added a scoop of vanilla ice cream for even more fun!


  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1.5 oz cranberry juice
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Ginger Beer about 6 oz...go by preference
  • cranberries for garnish
  • ice if desired (if using ice cream eliminate the ice)
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream optional
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  • Pour the vodka and juice into your tall glass with ice.
  • Add the sugar, swirl.
  • (optional) add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Add Ginger Beer to top.
  • Top with cranberries.
  • Cheers!


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Calories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 54mgPotassium: 131mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 278IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 84mg
Cranberry Moscow Mule is a delicious and easy holiday cocktail the whole family will love!

12 thoughts on “Cranberry Moscow Mule (Moscow Unicorn)”

  1. We’re so sorry about that! We’ve got it fixed now…so now you can make an even better version of the Moscow Mule.

  2. Oh man, I came over from Pinterest, because I love a Moscow Mule, but I can’t see the recipe. Where it should be is a recipe plug in.

  3. I’ll bring mine on friday night and we can catch up! P.S. a ranch in Texas sounds like a movie :)

  4. Evelyn @ My Turn for us

    Humm I have never never heard of a Moscow Mule!! I guess I have been too sheltered:(( LOL! I do like your version!! Come on Friday Night!!


    PS Been on the ranch in Texas and missing my buddies. (limited internet out here in the sticks)

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