Holiday Mule Mocktail

A non-alcoholic, holiday version of the Moscow mule. It uses a cranberry shrub instead of lime and a splash of club soda instead of vodka. It's a perfect combination for an aperitivo or snack. If possible, serve with savory macarons as a garnish; thread each macaron onto a skewer, put two in each glass, and serve immediately.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
2 mocktails


Cranberry Shrub:

  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

  • 2 pods cardamom, crushed

  • 4 whole allspice berries, cracked

  • ¼ (1 inch) piece cinnamon stick

  • ice cubes

  • 8 fluid ounces ginger beer (such as Fentimans)

  • 2 fluid ounces club soda


  1. Combine vinegar, water, and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cranberries, cardamom pods, allspice berries, and cinnamon stick; bring to a boil. Stir and cover until cranberries begin to pop, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir again, being careful that cranberries do not burn you as they pop. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar has dissolved and cranberries have released their juice, about 10 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain into a container, seal, and refrigerate. Discard pulp.

  3. Fill 2 highball glasses halfway with ice. Add 1 fluid ounce cranberry shrub, 4 fluid ounces ginger beer, and 1 fluid ounce club soda to each glass. Stir well.

Cook's Note:

Savory macarons are traditional macaron cookies with liver pate filling or soft cheese filling, such as brie or Camembert.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of cranberry shrub, enough to make 10 mocktails.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

466 Calories
0g Fat
120g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 466
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 120g 44%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 115g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 56mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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