Based on the traditional Moscow Mule, the Yule Mule is a holiday cocktail featuring ginger beer and cranberries. Tastes just like Christmas!
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Lately I have been exploring lots of cocktail recipes with ginger beer as a primary ingredient, and I have been looking forward to making the Yule Mule all year long.
And the season is finally here.
This cocktail is a variation on the Moscow Mule — vodka, lime and ginger beer — with the added element of sweet, tart cranberries and their juice.
I find this cocktail to be so light and refreshing and filled with holiday spirit.
Yule Mules would be a cinch to whip up en masse for a holiday party (just make a big batch of the cranberry/lime/vodka base and top each glass with ginger beer), but they are just as perfect to sip on with a smaller crowd too.
This cocktail is festive and bright, and your holiday celebrations need it. Promise.
To make it, 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 spicier the better! My favorite is Blenheim’s, which I can usually find on the shelves of specialty grocery stores in the Carolinas.
You can also use a ginger beer syrup to tailor the flavor to your liking.
If you need a mocktail version for any non-drinkers, kids or pregnant guests, you can cut the vodka and have a drink that’s non-alcoholic but still delicious.
Serve it in a copper mule mug if you have one, but an old-fashioned glass will do just fine. I picked up the glasses in these pictures at a vintage shop in Arizona, but I found some copper and glass mugs that are pretty similar.
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.