Cranberry Mule Cocktail

Cranberry Mule Cocktail

I love cranberries, and think that cranberries are just another reason to love this time of year. I make all kinds of cranberry recipes, but around the holidays, I specifically love to share this refreshing Cranberry Mule Cocktail using Sprite® Cranberry with our adult friends and family. It’s just to the side of a traditional mule, but it’s a wonderful new tradition!

Sprite Cranberry Can

First, you’re going to need Sprite® Cranberry. It’s good on its own, so try it out regardless of your cocktail or punch recipe. It has a sweet/tart flavor that I love!

Get it at Kroger

Sprite Cranberry at Kroger

I picked up Sprite® Cranberry at Kroger and I need to go get some more. I’m so in love with it! It’s seasonal, so grab a few!

Cranberry Mule Cocktail

Cranberry Sprite Mule Cocktails in Copper Cups

To make a Cranberry Mule Cocktail, first add ice to a glass or copper mule mug.

Cranberry Sprite Vodka Pour

This is an easy drink to make!  Unless you want to add special garnishes, all you do is pour, stir and serve!  You pour vodka over the ice, add a little cranberry juice, a splash of simple syrup and a splash of 4 ounces of Sprite® Cranberry for a fizzy sweet/tart flavor that makes it perfect.  Here’s the printable recipe!

Cranberry Mule Cocktail

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  • 4 oz. Sprite® Cranberry
  • 1-1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1-1/2 oz cranberry juice
  • simple syrup
  • ice


  • Lime wedge
  • Sugared cranberries


  • Add ice to a glass or copper mule mug
  • Pour vodka over ice
  • Add Sprite® Cranberry
  • Add cranberry juice
  • Add a splash of simple syrup.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge and sugared cranberries if desired.
  • Serve!

Simple Syrup

  • Boil 1 cup of water and 1-1/4 cup of sugar until clear. Cool and use.
Course Drinks
Cranberry Mule Cocktail Copper Cup

Adding a garnish makes it extra nice. There are several ways you can create sugared cranberries, but I’ve got a quick way to share!

How to Make Fast Sugared Cranberries for Garnish

Cranberries coated in sugar crystals and granulated sugar

You’re going to need simple syrup, which is just water and sugar melted together. Check out the recipe above for the best ratio to make that.

cranberries simple syrup

Wash whole cranberries and then pour them into cooled simple syrup. Coat them well.

Cranberries coated in sugar crystals

If you need to serve these right away, go ahead and remove the cranberries from the simple syrup and cover them with sugar and/or sugar crystals. Add them to a toothpick or stirring stick and you’re done. If you look at the first picture of cranberries, you’ll see the ones we coated in both granulated sugar and sugar crystals. The ones in the picture above are just coated in sugar crystals. For the best coating results, let the cranberries coated in simple syrup cool on a prepared pan or rack for about 45 minutes to an hour, that will make them more solidly sticky, then cover them in sugar.

Cranberry Sprite Mule Cocktail with lime and cranberry garnish

Slice limes or get creative with a variety of garnishes. You could even tie a mug charm ornament to the handle so everyone can keep it festive and find their own mug.

 lime and sugared cranberry garnish

I hope you enjoy this Simple Cranberry Mule!

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  1. Ahoy Joy! This Mule recipe looks so good! I want to surprise my sister and make her one. We still have Canada Dry cranberry ginger ale available if I can’t find cranberry Sprite off season. And, I would like to get myself a nice set of Moscow Mule copper mugs. The ones you pictured are really nice and look like they are solid copper inside and out. Are they indeed solid throughout, or are they lined with nickel, stainless, or whatnot? There’s debate on drinking from non-lined copper mugs. What say you on the mug debate? And where did you get yours, amazon? I noticed a link on your site for some neat looking solid copper ones. Thanks Joy for another great recipe!

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