Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule

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Looking for a fun and festive drink to enjoy this holiday season? Look no further than the Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule! This delicious cocktail is perfect for parties or cozy nights at home. Plus, it’s SUPER easy to make. Read on for the recipe. Cheers!

You know I couldn’t let Thanksgiving roll around without a cocktail right?!? This Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule is for EVERYONE!

Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule from (@whatsgabycookin)

We all need a little cocktail or mocktail two around the holidays, am I right? There’s a lot going on in the world… I get it! This Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule isn’t too sweet and it’s easy to whip up on a moments notice!

It’s equal parts refreshing and spritz-y, this cocktail is packed with all the flavor! I typically use vodka as that’s traditional in a mule, but you could sub in gin, tequila, or whatever else you please! Or ditch the booze and go mocktail style. Ginger beer goes on top because it’s the best mixer in my opinion, and then garnish it up and serve! (ps – this is my favorite ginger beer!)

And yes, you can easily batch make this cocktail if you’re going to be serving more than 1-2 people at a time. The recipe below makes 2 Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule, but you can multiply it up as much as needed. Just be sure to give it a quick stir before serving!

This Thanksgiving, wow your guests with a festive cranberry Moscow mule. This delicious cocktail is easy to make and only requires a few ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. So mix up a batch of cranberry Moscow mules and enjoy a fun and festive Thanksgiving with your friends and family.

Moscow Mule FAQs:

Best ginger beer for Moscow mule?
We have always used Bundaberg. If you are looking for an alternative try Fever Tree.

What is in a Moscow mule?
Lime, Vodka, Ginger Beer for the base, and for this recipe we add some Apple Juice and Cranberry Juice

Whats up with the copper Moscow mule mugs?
These delicious beverages are best served ICE COLD. Copper is a great conductor so it takes on the cold from the ice to help keep your drink nice and frosty while you enjoy.

PS – are you thinking of putting this on your Thanksgiving menu? Check out the full What’s Gaby Cooking menu here along with the master prep schedule to keep things organized and on track!

Cranberry Moscow Mule from (@whatsgabycookin)

Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule

5 from 5 votes
This festive Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule is the perfect holiday cocktail that you could easily make in big batches!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people


  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 can ginger beer or apple juice
  • fresh cranberries and/or apples and rosemary for garnish


  • Fill 2 glasses with a few cranberries and a small piece of rosemary, muddle slightly. Fill with ice and add equal amounts of the vodka, cranberry juice to the glasses. Stir to combine.
  • Fill the remaining space of the glasses with the ginger beer and stir gently to combine. Serve immediately. Garnish with cranberries and rosemary as desired.


  1. Your recipe sounds great, BUT the quantities and instructions do not! Does one take two glasses and fill them with ice and add 2oz of vodka to each, then half the 1/4 cup of cranberry juice and add 1/8 cup to each glass? See where I am going? I will put 4 oz of vodka, 1/4 cup cranberry juice, 1/2 cup sparkling apple juice in each of two LARGE glasses filled with ice and top each off with ginger beer and enjoy both and call it a night! Maybe I add all the vodka and juices to a container and divide them equally between the two glasses filled with ice and top them off with ginger beer and share. Then go back and mix another round.

    1. Gaby, Thanks for clarifying for me—now I can take one glass, a large pitcher, double the recipe, and relax the rest of the day! I do enjoy your recipes. Happy Thanksgiving! Bob

  2. This looks like a perfect drink to serve my guests (and another one for myself after the guests have left 🙂 ) What is ginger beer and where do I get it? Is it the same as ginger ale? I am guessing it’s not, because I’m sure you would have said ginger ale.

  3. To make this non-alcoholic (mocktail!) are there any suggested alternatives? Of course no vodka, but what about ginger beer?
    My two daughters, 21 and 23, live for cocktails so we are going to try this one. However, I’d like the option of a mocktail!
    As always, your food/drink is the BEST.

  4. If making a pitcher, should I just mix everything together and then top the pitcher with ginger beer or each individual glass?

  5. Looks delish but I really dislike apple juice. What sub would you suggest maybe champagne, OJ &/or sparkling water?

    Thanks and cheers!

  6. I’m looking at this for a signature cocktail for my wedding. But must have 1oz. Liquor pours. So if I have to do 1 oz. Vodka, how much of the other ingredients should I use?

  7. 5 stars
    We loved it.
    Great for moctail or coctail all holiday season – for little people- with apple juice, cranberry juice – in a shaker with ice – topped it off with sparkling water – garnished it with apple slice, rosemary stick with cranberry, so everyone can have a special drink for the holidays.
    CHEERS to the holiday season!

  8. Delicious and so festive for the holiday season! Yum!!
    My favourite ginger beer (no other compares to the delicious mules this stuff makes) is Crabbies Ginger Beer ( Give it a try and let me know what you think 🙂

  9. This recipe is amazing !!! I even tried it as a Kentucky mule and added orange, cranberry, and bourbon. Tis the season for orange cranberry mules!!!

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