Based on the traditional Moscow Mule, the Yule Mule is a holiday Moscow Mule cocktail featuring ginger beer and cranberries. Tastes just like Christmas!
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If you’ve been following along for a while, you may have noticed I really like ginger beer. Like, a lot.
I love to sip it on its own, but I also love it in cocktails.
…well, you get the picture.
Lately, I have been exploring lots of cocktail recipes with ginger beer as a primary ingredient, and I have been looking forward to making a holiday Moscow mule all year long.
And the season for the Yule Mule is finally here!
WHAT IS A YULE MULE?
A Yule Mule is a holiday variation of the Moscow Mule.
A Moscow Mule cocktail is made with vodka, lime juice and ginger beer.
The Yule Mule has the added element of sweet and tart cranberries and their juice. It’s really just a Christmas Moscow mule.
Honestly, it can be a Thanksgiving Moscow mule too! The cranberry juice makes it a perfect fit for this holiday.
I find this cocktail to be so light and refreshing and filled with holiday spirit! It is festive and bright, and your holiday celebrations need it.
Alcohol for a Yule Mule
Vodka is the traditional spirit for a Moscow mule, so that’s what I chose for this holiday mule cocktail.
If you need help picking out a bottle of vodka for your home bar, look no further than this vodka guide that lists all my favorite brands.
My homemade spiced rum would be fantastic in this cocktail, too!
BEST GINGER BEER FOR MOSCOW MULES
To make a Yule Mule, pick up some limes, cranberries, cranberry juice, vodka and a spicy, non-alcoholic ginger beer.
“But which ginger beer?” you ask.
Well, in my opinion, the best ginger beer for Moscow mules is a spicy one — the spicier the better! Not spicy like peppers, but spicy like ginger.
I tried a ton of ginger beers and ranked them by how spicy they are. If you are curious about ginger beer, you need to check out this list of the best ginger beers!
One of my favorites is Blenheim’s, which I can usually find on the shelves of specialty grocery stores.
You can also use a ginger beer syrup to tailor the flavor to your liking.
Ginger ale will work in a pinch, but it can be super sweet and it lacks the spicy punch of ginger beer that I love.
HOW TO GARNISH A YULE MULE
A pop of green is important for that Christmas look.
Pick up some fresh rosemary — or trim some from your cocktail herb garden! (Maybe your rosemary bush exploded like mine did this year. I’ll be making Yule Mules ’til I fully trim it down!)
You’ll also want to grab some fresh cranberries for a pop of red.
You can make a batch of sugared cranberries for an extra special touch! They make the prettiest garnish.
HOLIDAY MOSCOW MULES FOR A PARTY
Yule Mules would be a cinch to whip up en masse for a holiday party. Everyone will rave about your Christmas Moscow Mules!
To prepare your Yule Mule mix for your holiday party, just make a big batch of the cranberry/lime/vodka base.
Top each glass with ginger beer right before you serve the drinks.
Set up a bowl of cranberries and rosemary sprigs to garnish drinks with quickly and easily.
NON-ALCOHOLIC MOSCOW MULES
Need a mocktail version of the Yule Mule for any non-drinkers, kids or pregnant guests?
You can cut the vodka entirely and have a drink that’s non-alcoholic but still delicious. (Ginger beer is non-alcoholic!)
Another idea is to use non-alcoholic spirits. Yes, that’s a thing! Ritual Zero Proof alcohol is a brand I really like. You can even buy them online since they don’t contain alcohol! (But they taste like they do.)
Their gin alternative is fantastic in the Yule Mule because it has those juniper and pine flavors that taste like Christmas, but you can also try the whiskey alternative or the rum alternative. Any of them would be delicious in this cocktail!
You could also serve this Christmas Spa Water — it’s a showstopping centerpiece for your holiday party’s drinks table!
Holiday Moscow mule mugs
Not having a holiday party this year? Not to worry – Yule Mules are just as perfect to sip on with a smaller crowd, too.
If you are looking for some other holiday mule recipes to make in your cute mugs, don’t hesitate to make a Pumpkin Spice Moscow mule or an Asian Pear Moscow Mule!
I’m so excited for this weekend. My sister got into town last night (I haven’t seen her in a year and a half! How crazy is that?) and my brother arrives tomorrow.
I might just make us a batch of Yule Mules to kick off our holidays! Hope your weekend is grand, my friends. // susannah
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- 4 ounces vodka
- 1.5 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice (about 1 lime)
- 4 ounces unsweetened cranberry juice (see note)
- 6 ounces ginger beer
- 4 to 6 cranberries, for garnish
- rosemary sprig, for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake together the vodka, lime juice and cranberry juice.
- Fill two copper mule mugs or old-fashioned glasses with ice. Strain half of the cocktail into each glass.
- Top each glass with ginger beer. Garnish with cranberries and a sprig of rosemary. Serve immediately.
I prefer to use cranberry juice that has no added sugars. You may use cranberry juice cocktail if you wish, but I find it to be too sweet for most drinks. Cranberries are naturally sweet and tart, and there is sugar in the ginger beer to make this drink sweet on its own.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 362Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 12gSugar: 34gProtein: 2g
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