A perfectly festive drink for your next gathering: Cranberry Moscow Mules! This Christmas Cocktail is always a hit -- in fact, I love serving these Cranberry Mules all year long!
Moscow Mules are one of the easiest holiday party drinks to make. You can even scale up this recipe directly in the recipe card to make a pitcher of cranberry Moscow mules - perfect for a party!
Why does a Moscow Mule have to be in a copper cup?
Well, it doesn't have to be. But aren't they festive?! If you want to get scientific about it ( well, at least a little more scientific ), the original reason for mules being in copper cups is because the copper gets super frosty cold and helps the drink stay cold too! It also adds an extra chilly punch to your lips as you are drinking.
Is it safe to drink a Moscow Mule from a copper cup?
GREAT QUESTION. Anything with high-acidity placed into copper can cause the copper to leach out into the drink. However, many, many copper mules are now lined with Stainless Steel to protect both the mug from erosion and the liquid from copper.
If you take a close look at the pictures of my mugs, you can see that I do have stainless steel mugs from the silver lip on them. If you'd like to buy my mugs, please use this link and you'll be supporting my little blog at zero extra cost to you: Marianne's Moscow Mule Mugs
Can you substitute ginger ale for ginger beer in a Moscow Mule?
You can, but it won't have the same BITE, and I really like that bite the ginger beer gives.
Other Christmas Cocktails you might like:
- Kir Royale ( A sparkling cocktail )
- Chocolate White Russian
- Pomegranate Spice Martini
Cranberry Moscow Mules
- 5 ounces Ginger Beer
- 3 oz Cranberry Juice
- 2 oz Vodka
- 3 Grand Marnier Cranberries optional but fabulous
- Pour all ingredients over ice and stir.
- Garnish with Grand Marnier Cranberries.
Do you just marinate the cranberries in grand mariner.
I brake them with a little heat and then add a mixture of grand marnier and simple syrup. You can read how here: http://basilandbubbly.com/grand-marnier-cranberries/