Cranberry Cider Mule Recipe

Susan Palmer | Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

A Cranberry Cider Mule will cure any winter blues you may have. It's cozy and wonderful.

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Happy holidays! Sit down and have a cocktail, you probably deserve it. With all the hustle and bustle this time of year, how often do we forget to take time and take care of ourselves?

Family commitments, unexpected guests, holiday parties, gift shopping and work overload can really make that stress build up. I’m feeling it already, are you?

So, here’s the deal from now on until the end of the year you need to take some me time. Spend that time however you want, but here’s my preferred version, sit down on the couch, with a cuddle dog, a good cocktail and Netflix the night away.

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Will the commitments and stress still be there the next morning? Most likely, but for a few hours just push it aside. You gotta do it, otherwise you’ll explode before the month is up!

At home, I’m not normally a fussy cocktail maker. I leave it to the professionals when I go out, but ‘tis the season, and the season happens to be filled with apple cider and cranberries. As soon as the stores start loading up with locally made apple cider, I can’t help but stock my fridge for the season.

My go-to usually is spiked hot cider, but after spotting some leftover cranberries in the fridge, I couldn’t help but change things up to make this Cranberry Cider Mule.

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Generally speaking, a Moscow Mule is made with vodka, ginger beer and a squeeze of lime, but who says you need to follow the rules all the time?

It’s the winter, it’s cold and my preferred alcohol of choice is bourbon, the perfect cocktail to warm you up even in a frosty copper mug.

A splash of cranberry juice, a healthy glug of cider and finishing off with ginger beer gives this Cranberry Cider Mule a little taste of everything, it’s sweet, tart and spicy. Plus, the vanilla, oak and caramel notes from the bourbon.

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Can you think of a better drink to cozy up with and have a Netflix marathon? I can’t. Then after you’re done with your me time, go and share this drink with friends, it’ll be a hit at those holiday parties too.

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Cranberry Cider Mule Recipe

  1 Servings


  • 4 ounces Apple Cider
  • 2 ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 2 ounces Bourbon
  • Ginger Beer
For Garnish:
  • Lime Wedge
  • sprig of Rosemary


  1. Fill a Collins glass or copper mug with ice, pour in the apple cider, cranberry juice and bourbon.
  2. Stir to combine and top with ginger beer.
  3. Serve with a wedge of lime on the side and garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary. 
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Recipe Yields:
1 cocktail
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Author: Susan Palmer
Recipe Yields: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 0
Calories 234

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 6mg
Total Carbohydrate 20g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 18g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Susan Palmer

About Susan

Susan bakes up delicious treats as the Girl in the Little Red Kitchen at home in Brooklyn. She's joined Food Fanatic as a Cocktails and Boozy Desserts Fanatic, and we could not be more excited!

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