Last Updated on June 12, 2023 by Leah Hall
This Yule Mule is a holiday mule version with pine syrup and cranberry juice. This fresh and refreshing holiday cocktail is perfect for Christmas or winter.
A Yule Mule will be the perfect way to celebrate the season! With the flavors of pine and cranberry, plus a fun copper mug, this one can be enjoyed by all, and if you leave out the vodka, even for those who aren’t imbibing!
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What is a Yule Mule?
A Yule Mule is a holiday version of the Moscow Mule. A Moscow Mule cocktail is traditionally made with vodka, lime juice and ginger beer. The Yule Mule has the added ingredient of sweet and tart cranberry juice, and we added pine simple syrup.
You can call it a Christmas Moscow Mule if you want. It can even be a Thanksgiving Mule, too, because cranberries. This mule is is festive and perfect for holiday celebrations.
This Moscow mule can also go by names such as a “Holiday Moscow Mule” or the “Cranberry Moscow Mule.” Garnish it with sugared cranberries and sugared rosemary, fun Christmas straws, or just plain cranberries and pine like we did!
Some mule variations have spices in it like ginger or cinnamon. In our case, we used pine simple syrup to add that festive element. Along with the sweet and tart cranberry juice, this Christmas mule version for us just screams holiday!
Yule Mule Cocktail
Vodka is the traditional spirit for a Moscow mule, so we went with it for this one too, especially since we wanted to highlight the cranberry and pine flavors.
But, feel free to choose gin, cranberry liqueur or pine/alpine liqueur when you make this Christmas Mule. They would all be tasty!
A very important ingredient in any mule is the ginger beer. A spicy one, and the more gingery, the better! We do have some favorites, and feel free to use your favorites, but honestly some are better than others. We love Fever Tree and Bundaberg the best. Great options and both are even available online if you can’t get them in your local store.
Ginger ale is not the same as ginger beer. Ginger ale is sweet and doesn’t have the spicy bite that ginger beer does, but can be used in a pinch if necessary.
Yule Mule Garnish
A pop of green and red is important for that Christmas look.
- Fresh rosemary sprigs, sugared if you would like.
- Fresh cranberries or sugared cranberries for that extra sparkle.
- Pine sprig like we used, make sure it isn’t too pokey
- Christmas straws add pops of color that make it fun to drink, too!
- Candy canes for pops of color
Non Alcoholic Cranberry Moscow Mule
We have a recipe for a non alcoholic cranberry Moscow Mule on the site, but if you still want the pine flavor like in this Yule Mule, just leave out the vodka.
You can also use non alcoholic spirits. We have a great post about non alcoholic spirit brands. You can even buy them online since they don’t contain alcohol, and just use them in place of the alcohol in any recipe.
A gin alternative is fantastic in this Yule Mule because some have those juniper and pine flavors that would be perfect in this recipe. Lyre’s or Ritual Zero Proof would be great in this.
We hope you try out this Pine and Cranberry twist on the classic Moscow Mule. This Yule Mule is a must make!
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Other Christmas Cocktail Recipes
- Evergreen Gin and Tonic
- Christmas Pine Negroni – Supper in the Suburbs
- Cranberry Negroni
- Cranberry Rosemary Old Fashioned
- Frosted Pine Gibson Martini – Three Olives Branch
A Yule Mule is a great Christmas cocktail choice if you are feeling festive and ready for the holiday. We combined the flavors of cranberry and pine in this twist on the classic mule.
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce cranberry juice
- .75 ounce pine simple syrup
- .50 ounce lime juice
- 3-4 ounces ginger beer
- Combine vodka, juices and simple syrup in copper mug with crushed ice. Stir.
- Top with ginger beer and stir again to combine.
- Garnish with pine sprig, cranberries, rosemary, straws. Any garnish will do, just make it Christmasy!
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Serving Size:8 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Sodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 31.6gFiber: 1.1gSugar: 11.1gProtein: .1g
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