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Say cheers to the holidays with a Pomegranate Cranberry Moscow Mule! This holiday Moscow Mule is a festive twist on a classic!
I think it’s safe to say that as soon as we turned the lights out on Halloween this year, many of us awoke on November 1st with one thing in mind: let’s bring on the holidays.
I’ve seen Christmas trees lit, wreaths hung, and even yuletide recipes being passed around, and we haven’t even roasted a Thanksgiving turkey yet. Believe me, I get it! After all, my Christmas-obsessed daughter has been begging to decorate since July!
While we aren’t quite ready to pull down the decorations and put up the holiday lights, we have kicked off her Christmas Classic Movie Countdown. Each weekend in November and December, we are snuggling in front of the television with all of our favorite movies, from Elf to The Santa Claus.
There will be cookies (I will kick it off with Cranberry Curd and Hazelnut Shortbread Bars) and there will be cocktails, like this Pomegranate Cranberry Moscow Mule!
What is a Moscow Mule?
A classic Moscow Mule is a simple cocktail of ginger beer, vodka and a squeeze of lime, served over crushed ice. Traditionally the drink is served in a copper cup, which keeps the drink icy cold. Of course, you can serve it in a regular glass, too!
Despite its name, the drink has its origins in the 1940s, with one version of the story tracing its beginnings to New York, where John Martin, having newly acquired a struggling Smirnoff vodka brand) and Jack Morgan, who had similar struggles with ginger beer, put their heads together and cleverly came up with a drink that would market the two. “Moscow” was a nod to the vodka, and “Mule” referenced the kick from the spicy ginger beer.
How to Make a Pomegranate Cranberry Moscow Mule
These days, there are lots of different Moscow Mules (some even made without the vodka), and the holidays deserve their own twist! I turned to my local Safeway, which has everything I need to whip up holiday cocktails!
Signature SELECT™ offers OWN Brands premium mixers, including ginger beer, so I paired it with Round Rock Vodka, a delicious small batch vodka that can be found at Safeway, too. For the holiday twist, I turned to Open Nature®Pomegranate Cranberry Juice and O Organics® cranberries and herbs to garnish!
I love that Safeway also offers Grocery Delivery and Drive Up & Go™ for convenient ways to shop – I use this service at least once a week, and it’s such a timesaver to shop on my app or online and drive up and go! I shopped at Safeway in my local area, but you can also find O Organics® and Open Nature® plant-based products at the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Randalls, Shaw’s Supermarket, Star Market, and Tom Thumb.
To make our Pomegranate Cranberry Moscow Mule, simply combine the pomegranate cranberry juice, vodka, and lime juice in a shaker, add ice, and pour into a chilled mule mug filled with crushed ice. Top it off with ginger beer, garnish with lime, a sprig of mint, and rosemary, and cranberries, if you wish.
And that’s it! It’s time to say cheers to the holidays!
Like this Holiday Moscow Mule? Here are more festive cocktail recipes to try:
Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Safeway. Thank you for supporting brands that matter to me; sponsored posts such as this help behind the scenes at Kitchen Confidante. All opinions in this post are, as always, my own.
Pomegranate Cranberry Moscow Mule
- 2 oz pomegranate cranberry juice
- 2 oz vodka
- 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime
- 2 oz ginger beer
- Sliced lime for garnish
- Mint sprig for garnish
- Rosemary sprig for garnish
- Fresh cranberries for garnish (optional)
- Combine the pomegranate cranberry juice, vodka, and lime juice in a shaker, add ice, and pour into a chilled mule mug filled with crushed ice.
- Top it off with ginger beer, garnish with lime, a sprig of mint, and rosemary, and cranberries, if you wish. Cheers!