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November 9, 2015

Cranberry Mule

The Cranberry Mule is a fun take on the more traditional Moscow Mule. Perfect as a Thanksgiving cocktail, this drink calls for cranberry, ginger beer and spiced rum, then is topped with sugared cranberries as garnish.

The Cranberry Mule is a fun take on the more traditional Moscow Mule. Perfect as a Thanksgiving cocktail, this drink calls for cranberry, ginger beer and spiced rum, then is topped with sugared cranberries as garnish. #Thanksgiving #Blogsgiving2015 #cocktail

I drank my first Moscow Mule when I was on a photo assignment in Baton Rouge, visiting a hole-in-the-wall bar that offered entirely too many fun cocktails.

I normally don’t drink when I’m working, but after photographing the owner of the establishment, he insisted I try something.

I asked what he recommended, and he said definitively, “The Moscow Mule.”

And so I was introduced to one of my favorite cocktails.

The Cranberry Mule is a fun take on the more traditional Moscow Mule. Perfect as a Thanksgiving cocktail, this drink calls for cranberry, ginger beer and spiced rum, then is topped with sugared cranberries as garnish. #Thanksgiving #Blogsgiving2015 #cocktail

Fast forward a year or two later, and I was in New Orleans having lunch with a friend at Sylvain. We both spotted Moscow Mules on the menu and made the executive decision: we were having a cocktail lunch. (Duh.)

When we mentioned these cocktails to our waiter, he asked if we like gin.

“Of course,” was my response. (Because, well, gin is delicious.)

My friend, Katherine, agreed.

And then he suggested getting the Moscow Mule with gin instead of vodka. And it was delightful.

The Cranberry Mule is a fun take on the more traditional Moscow Mule. Perfect as a Thanksgiving cocktail, this drink calls for cranberry, ginger beer and spiced rum, then is topped with sugared cranberries as garnish. #Thanksgiving #Blogsgiving2015 #cocktail

When I was thinking about drinks to make for Blogsgiving Dinner 2015 (more on this after the recipe!), I knew I wanted to use cranberries as the centerpiece. And while I brainstormed, I thought it would be really fun to do a Thanksgiving take on the Moscow Mule.

So I began tinkering.

I would keep the ginger beer, but instead of lime juice, I’d add unsweetened cranberry juice. To sweeten it up, I poured in some simple syrup. And then for the alcohol, I decided on spiced rum. Because spiced rum and cranberries go together quite marvelously.

To make this drink even more special, I made sugared cranberries as a garnish. (My pal, Ashley, whipped up some gorgeous spiced ones, and I used that as inspiration, even though mine don’t have additional spice.) And even though they’re certainly not necessary and add a lot of time to the total time of this cocktail, they’re a great addition.

Once the cranberries are made, the drink takes about 5 minutes to shake up and serve.

The Cranberry Mule is a fun take on the more traditional Moscow Mule. Perfect as a Thanksgiving cocktail, this drink calls for cranberry, ginger beer and spiced rum, then is topped with sugared cranberries as garnish. #Thanksgiving #Blogsgiving2015 #cocktail

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Now, who’s ready for a cocktail?

Here’s how you can mix one up:

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Cranberry Mule
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Makes: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
Sugared Cranberries (for garnishing)
  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup simple syrup
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
Cranberry Mule
  • 2 oz. unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 3 oz. ginger beer
  • 1½ oz. spiced rum
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • Ice, for serving
Instructions
Make the sugared cranberries
  1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a wire cooling rack on top of the lined baking sheet, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, measure in the simple syrup.
  3. Toss the cranberries in the simple syrup, removing them with a slotted spoon, then place on the wire cooling rack.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until the berries are sticky.
  5. When the berries are sticky, measure the sugar into a large bowl.
  6. Toss the cranberries in the sugar until coated, then transfer back to the wire cooling rack.
  7. Coat all the cranberries, then refrigerate for an additional hour before using.
Make the Cranberry Mules
  1. Place a handful of ice in a copper mug
  2. Combine the cranberry juice, ginger beer, rum and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake until combined, then pour over ice.
  4. Serve with sugared cranberries as garnish, and enjoy immediately.
Notes
Please note the prep time includes the total making of the sugared cranberries. The drink takes less than 5 minute to make when all is said and done.

Blogsgiving Dinner 2015 // The Speckled Palate

Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and delicious food. Luckily, the food blogging community is all about these things, as well. To celebrate the holiday, Meghan from Cake ‘n Knife and Susannah from Feast + West are hosting Blogsgiving Dinner. And this year, there are more than 60 blogs sharing recipes this week!

The idea is based on an old-fashioned potluck dinner party.

Each blogger is bringing one or more dishes to the party, so be sure to stop by each one and get some ideas for your own Thanksgiving meal. We’ll be posting to social media with the hashtag #blogsgivingdinner, but you can see all the whole menu in Part 1 and Part 2 of the recipe round-up.

The Cranberry Mule is a fun take on the more traditional Moscow Mule. Perfect as a Thanksgiving cocktail, this drink calls for cranberry, ginger beer and spiced rum, then is topped with sugared cranberries as garnish. #Thanksgiving #Blogsgiving2015 #cocktail

Do you have a special Thanksgiving cocktail?

The Cranberry Mule is a fun take on the more traditional Moscow Mule. Perfect as a Thanksgiving cocktail, this drink calls for cranberry, ginger beer and spiced rum, then is topped with sugared cranberries as garnish. #Thanksgiving #Blogsgiving2015 #cocktail

22 Comments

  1. Elly Leavitt

    Not usually one for gin, but I love anything with spiced rum. It’s so perfect for the colder seasons! Will have to give this a try xx

  2. Sybil

    LOVE Moscow Mules so I know I will be into these! Can’t wait to try 🙂

  3. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    This is my kind of holiday cocktail! I tried a moscow mule awhile back and they are so good! I love how many different flavor combinations you can make with them. This one is perfect for the holidays! I’ve been wanting to buy some of the copper mugs so I can make them at home.

  4. Lily @GastroSenses

    Oh, how gorgeous looking! I think I might know what’s happening with my bag of cranberries now. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Sasha

    This looks great! Can’t wait to try it!

  6. Ashley

    One, this drinks sounds fantastic! Two, yay sugared cranberries!! 🙂 And three, those glasses are awesomeeee.

  7. Pippa Clark

    I’ve never tried this cocktail before but it looks very good. I’m going to make it for my girlfriends on Saturday night.

  8. Sam ~ it doesn't taste like chicken

    WOW! Those are gorgeous!!! The sugared cranberries are so festive! I will be making these this holiday season for sure. Thanks for the beautiful post. 🙂

  9. Elizabeth @ Bowl of Delicious!

    This looks AMAZING! My husband has been looking for a good cocktail to make for Thanksgiving and I’m definitely going to send this to him with a strong hint to make this 🙂

  10. Mary Cressler

    This is brilliant! I love it. And those cups!!! I have to get some.

  11. Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist

    I’ve never had a Moscow Mule, but now you have intrigued me. I love your copper glasses. Stunning photos

  12. Amy | Club Narwhal

    Erin, these mules are SO crazy beautiful–love those sugared cranberries 😉

  13. Jenna

    Girrrrl, this looks amazing! I bought some moscow mule mugs last year and have only used them once. I am definitely going to try this recipe asap!

  14. Lauren

    Making these for a ‘signature cocktail’ for a wedding reception tomorrow and doing the cranberries ahead of time. Do you think it’d be okay to store the cranberries in a zip lock overnight? Thanks for the great idea – we love it!

    • Erin

      Hey Lauren! I think you can definitely store the cranberries in a zip lock overnight. Make sure they’re completely dried, though, because any condensation in the bag will make them somewhat sticky. Another idea would be to store them on the baking sheet/wire rack overnight covered in plastic wrap. You could even put them on toothpicks and prepare the garnish so you don’t have to do it tomorrow. Have fun, and good luck!

  15. zach

    Have you considered using the name Moscow Yule?

    • Erin

      I have not, Zach, but that is BRILLIANT! Well done, sir!

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