Mistletoe Mules

These mistletoe mules are the perfect holiday cocktail recipe for Christmastime! A simple riff on a Moscow mule, made with cranberry juice and orange bitters.

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We know the holidays can be crazy, and even more so when you are hosting. With Christmas time and family gatherings right around the corner, it’s time to really start planning your holiday feast – and no feast is complete without a festive cocktail. This year, make these mistletoe mules for an easy cocktail that everyone will love! They’re the perfect drink for your guests to sip on as dinner is served and everyone waits for those permanently late guests to arrive.

A mistletoe mule holiday cocktail garnished with cranberries and rosemary

Mistletoe Mule Recipe Ingredients

Our mistletoe mule cocktail is a riff on a classic moscow mule recipe, made with cranberry juice and orange bitters. Here’s what you’ll need to make this festive holiday cocktail:

  • Vodka
  • Ginger beer
  • Cranberry juice
  • Orange bitters
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Frozen cranberries
  • Crushed ice

This mistletoe mule is very simple. Since it is basically just a Moscow mule, but with cranberry juice instead of lime juice, plus orange bitters, it doesn’t get much easier than this holiday cocktail. With the addition of frozen cranberries and fresh rosemary, this mistletoe mule will become one of your go to Christmas drink recipes!

A mistletoe mule cocktail made with cranberry juice garnished with cranberries and rosemary

How To Make A Cranberry Mistletoe Mule Cocktail

You won’t believe how easy it is to make this cranberry mule drink when all you have to do is make a Moscow mule with a couple unique ingredients.

Here’s how to make the best cranberry mistletoe mule recipe:

  1. Choose the proper glass. A short rocks glass, or a classic copper mug works well.
  2. Fill the glass with crushed ice. Presentation is key – crushed ice adds a fun wintery feeling to the cocktail.
  3. Add all ingredients and stir. No special order or complicated steps necessary!
  4. Garnish with fresh rosemary and frozen cranberries. This step is super important for both presentation and taste.

While it can be easy to see garnishes as just a fun presentation, they can also be used to enhance or change the flavor of a drink. The bright and herby whiff of fresh rosemary before every sip adds to the complexity and balance of the cocktail. The frozen cranberries on the other hand, are really just for fun, because how can it be a mistletoe mule without the mistletoe?

Why You’ll Love Our Mistletoe Mules

Like a good moscow mule, these mistletoe mules have wintery notes of spice that warm your insides and feel like Christmastime. The cranberry juice brightens and sweetens the drink just enough to complement the ginger beer without overpowering it, and the orange bitters provide a finishing touch of citrus to tie it all together. If the taste alone isn’t enough, how can you not love a cocktail that’s garnished with a little sprig of “mistletoe”?

If you are looking for a new holiday cocktail, this mistletoe mule with cranberry juice recipe is sure to bring the Christmas spirit. As this cocktail is easy to make, and can even be made in a large batch, it is perfect for your next holiday party. 

Give this recipe a try and let us know what you think with a rating and comment below! Happy Holidays!

Two mistletoe mules for Christmas in crystal glasses garnished with rosemary and cranberries

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Mistletoe Mule

These mistletoe mules are the perfect holiday cocktail recipe for Christmastime! A simple riff on a Moscow mule, made with cranberry juice and orange bitters.
Servings 1 cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • Crushed ice
  • fl oz vodka
  • 2 fl oz ginger beer
  • fl oz cranberry juice
  • 1 to 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 3 frozen cranberries


  • First, fill a cocktail glass with crushed ice. Then add the vodka, ginger beer, cranberry juice, and orange bitters to the glass and stir to combine and chill.
  • Add a sprig of fresh rosemary and a few frozen cranberries to garnish the drink and serve immediately.


Garnishing: Don’t skip out on garnishing with fresh rosemary, the bright and herby whiff before every sip adds to the complexity and balance of the cocktail. 
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Author: Alex
Calories: 149kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, cocktail, cranberry juice, fresh rosemary, frozen cranberries, ginger beer, holiday, orange bitters, vodka, winter


Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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