Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule

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 two around the holidays, am I right? The family is all in town, there may or may not be any drama… I get it! This cocktail isn’t too sweet and it’s easy to whip up on a moments notice! Just grab a few key ingredients from the store and I bet you’ll already have some of it on hand.

It’s equal parts refreshing and spritz-y, this cocktail is packed with all the flavor! I used vodka as that’s traditional in a mule, but you could sub in gin, tequila, or whatever else you please! Ginger beer goes on top because it’s the best mixer in my opinion, and then garnish it up and serve!

Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule from (@whatsgabycookin)

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!

Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule

Yield: Serves 2

Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule


  • 4 ounces vodka
  • ¼ cup cranberry juice
  • ½ cup sparkling apple juice
  • 2 ginger beers
  • fresh cranberries and sliced apples for garnish


  1. Fill a medium pitcher with ice.
  2. Add the vodka and cranberry juice.
  3. Add the sparkling apple juice and then fill the rest of the way with the ginger beer.
  4. Stir gently to combine and serve immediately.
  5. Garnish with cranberries and apples as desired.

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  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.

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