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's quite manly. When I say manly I 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 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

A delicious festive cocktail. We added a scoop of vanilla ice cream for even more fun!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 230 kcal


  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1.5 oz cranberry juice
  • ½ 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


  • 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!



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

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