Christmas Moscow Mule

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5 from 2 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes

This Christmas Moscow Mule (also known as a Kyiv Mule) is a holiday staple. It’s a festive drink with fresh cranberries and ginger beer so it is sure to become one of your favorite holiday cocktails!

Christmas Moscow Mule

Christmas Moscow Mule is known by many different names, Kyiv mule, Freedom Mule or even American Stallion but are all the same staple ingredients, vodka, lime juice and ginger beer. Then you can make it your own with more festive ingredients.


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What We Love About This Christmas Mule Recipe

This recipe is a fun holiday version of a traditional Moscow Mule.  It’s bursting with cranberry flavor and is crisp and refreshing.  Perfect for holiday get-togethers. These drinks are so easy but mistakes can happen, check out these tips.

  • Make in Minutes: It is so easy, no complicated recipe.
  • Easy Ingredients: Only a few ingredients and simple garnish.
  • Signature Cocktail: A fun festive twist on the classic moscow mule, make it your holiday celebrations signature drink.
side view of the holiday  Mule

Ingredient Notes for the Yule Mule

  • Fresh Lime Juice: Take the time to make this simple drink with the best possible fresh ingredients.
  • Cranberry Juice: Not Cranberry Juice Cocktail.
Berries for the drink.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Cranberry Juice – Try using Pomegranate juice.
  • Ginger Beer – Not Ginger Ale.

How to Make Christmas Moscow Mule

These are the basic steps for making holiday mule. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions. Including prep time, and total time and nutrition information.

STEP 1: MIX

First, pour two ounces of vodka and the juice from fresh lime and cranberry juice into a mug, then add ice cubes.

STEP 2: TOP

Then top with a four oz ginger beer. Stir to combine. Finally garnish with fresh cranberries.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Have all your ingredients ready to go but make on demand for the best drink. Serve in a copper mug.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Hopefully, there will not be any leftover drinks, however, you can store any in the refrigerator.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze the fresh cranberries to keep the drink cold or freeze the cranberry juice.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE FESTIVE?

Garnish with mint leaves, fresh rosemary sprigs, a candy cane, or cinnamon sticks.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE THE VODKA?

Yes: here are a few examples of what you can make.
> Gin: Makes a gin buck.
>Tequila: Becomes a Mexican Mule
> Texas Mule: Tequila, peach schnapps and hot sauce!

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Of course, you can make as many as you need, make it a party! But Drink Responsibly.

Top shot of the Christmas Mule.

Expert Tips for Making This Holiday Moscow Mule Recipe.

  • Flavor: Make a flavored ice cube by making with juice or fresh mint.
  • Fruit: Use different fruit in your Mule.
  • Decorate: Top with a sprig of peppermint.
  • Apple Cider: Try making with a traditional apple cider or a cranberry apple cider.

What to Serve with Christmas Moscow Mule Recipe

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Christmas Moscow Mule
5 from 2 votes

Christmas Moscow Mule

Yield: 1 serving
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This Christmas Moscow Mule is a holiday staple. This Kyiv Mule is a festive drink with fresh cranberries and ginger beer so it is sure to become one of your favorite holiday cocktails!
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 fluid ounces vodka
  • 1/2 fluid ounce lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • 4 fluid ounces ginger beer
  • 2 fluid ounces cranberry juice
  • Fresh cranberries for garnish

Instructions

  • Pour vodka and lime juice into a mug; add ice cubes.
  • Top with Cranberry Ginger Shandy; stir to combine.
  • Garnish with fresh cranberries.

Expert Tips

  • Flavor: Make a flavored ice cube by making with juice or fresh mint.
  • Fruit: Use different fruit in your Mule.
  • Decorate: Top with a sprig of peppermint.
  • Apple Cider: Try making with a traditional apple cider or a cranberry apple cider.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Course: Beverages and Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, cocktail

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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