Recipe File: Holiday Moscow Mule Served in a Copper Mug

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This Holiday Moscow Mule recipe has the sweet and tart taste of cranberry juice, ginger beer, gin and flagrant rosemary. It’s the perfect cocktail with a festive twist to serve at holiday parties!

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I can’t believe the holidays are quickly approaching and I’m so excited and ready to get into the holiday spirit. Christmas is probably my favorite holidays so I’m looking forward to all of my holiday plans this year like entertaining friends and loved ones. One of my favorite holiday drinks I like to serve when I have guests in my home is my Holiday Moscow Mule recipe.

The sweet/tart taste of cranberry juice, ginger beer, gin, and the fragrant rosemary is one of the most delicious things I’ll be sipping throughout the holiday season. This Holiday Moscow Mule recipe is super festive and one of those Christmas cocktails that everyone will enjoy.

Why Serve Holiday Moscow Mule In A Copper Mug?

One simply can’t enjoy a perfectly-made moscow mule without sipping it from a copper mug. I had my first moscow mule in a copper mug and let’s just say it was a wonderful drinking experience. I learned everything about the history of the moscow mule that day and how 100% authentic copper mugs (no inner linings), are what make the Moscow Mule true to its history and unique in its taste. So I switched out my cocktail glass with a copper mug instead for this festive cocktail.

moscow mule recipe copper mug

Apparently, the chemical reaction of the citric acid from the lime/lemon to the copper gave the drink a unique taste vice a normal glass. Hence the importance of not having tin, nickel, stainless steel, or food lacquer linings on the inside of the mug. You want the citric acid to react to the copper to maintain the authenticity of the original Moscow Mule. There is also the added benefit of copper’s ability to keep your drink ice cold for very long periods of time.

I purchased my copper mug from this company on Amazon because they sell authentic copper mugs with no inner linings. It has a strong, hard riveted copper handle and the mug itself can be custom engraved by your local engraving shop for a personalized feel. It’s also the perfect unique gift idea! With the holidays all most here,  these cool mugs make excellent entertaining gifts for both men and women.

READ: 10 Reasons Why Original Copper Cups Make Moscow Mules Better

Holiday Moscow Mule Recipe

moscow mule recipe copper mug

Moscow mules are one of my favorite go-to drink recipes! When making traditional moscow mules, I typically add vodka or gin, ginger beer (not to be mistaken with ginger ale that’s more spicy and sugary), fresh lime juice and crushed ice cubes. To give it a more festive twist, I added cranberry juice and frozen cranberries (sugared cranberries is another option) and this cranberry cocktail turned out fantastic!

moscow mule recipe copper mug

I’ll sometimes garnish it with a flagrant rosemary spring and a lime wedge or lime slices. It doesn’t take long to make either. All you need is less than 5 minutes to put together 1 cocktail so you can serve guests immediately. This cranberry moscow mule is just one of many holiday cocktails that you must try. You’ll soon be adding this to your list of favorite recipes to make during the holiday season.

The perfect time to make this holiday mule is when you’re ready to drink one or when your guests ask for one as the ginger beer can go flat. So don’t make it ahead of time.

moscow mule recipe copper mug

Holiday Moscow Mule

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Holiday Moscow Mule recipe has the sweet and tart taste of cranberry juice, ginger beer, gin and flagrant rosemary. It's the perfect cocktail with a festive twist to serve at holiday parties!


  • 2 ounces gin or vodka (I used Gin)
  • 4-5 ounces ginger beer (depending on size of cup)
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • splash of lime juice
  • frozen cranberries (for garnish)
  • 1 rosemary sprig (for garnish)
  • 1 Solid Copper Mug w/ ice cubes


  1. Squeeze the lime juice into the copper mug
  2. Add ice cubes or crushed ice and pour 2 oz gin (or vodka) over ice
  3. Pour 4-5 oz ginger beer over ice
  4. Pour 2 oz cranberry juice over ice
  5. Stir and Enjoy!


Optional garnishes - You can also garnish with a rosemary sprig and add a couple of frozen cranberries.

I hope you find this Holiday Moscow Mule cocktail the perfect party drink! Another Christmas moscow mule recipe I like to make for friends at my holiday parties is my Apple Cider Moscow Mules. Check out the recipe here!

Get in the Seasonal Spirit With This Holiday Spin on the Moscow Mule drink cocktail. Made with cranberries, ginger beer, and vodka (Click here for recipe!)

Would you like to try and replicate this Holiday Moscow Mule recipe at home? Please leave a comment below!


  1. I have some lovely copper mugs and I wanted to try this drink for a while, but now I feel motivated to finally give it a go after finding this recipe.

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