Pitcher of rum and ginger beer, lime, and cranberries

On the second day of Christmas, there was a slightly spicy, tart, and fizzy Christmas Mule rum cocktail. It’s easy to make in a pitcher, and the garnishes of lime, rosemary, and cranberry make it the most festive of Christmas libations. This Christmas Rum Mule cocktail only requires a few ingredients and about five minutes to mix together. I guarantee it’ll please!

cocktail next to Christmas tree

Although not a traditional mule by any means, this Christmas Mule gets its name from the similar ingredients in a Moscow Mule. I substitute rum for the vodka. You could definitely use vodka instead, if you like. You can also use a variety of ginger ale or ginger beer for this recipe. The kind I use is Buffalo Rock. Despite the label, Buffalo Rock is more of a ginger beer (meaning it’s much darker and spicier than its ginger ale counterparts). Other types of ginger beer or ale I’d recommend are Barritt’s or Vernor’s. (I really like how light in color Barritt’s is.

The beauty of this cocktail is its simplicity. You mix the ingredients in a pitcher, and then put it in the fridge to chill. When it’s time to party, just serve it over ice. There’s no shaking or fussiness or anything that makes hosting a shindig stressful. Just mix, serve and enjoy.

Pretty much, a green herb and plump, crimson cranberries will transform any cocktail from meh to magnificent. I love finding ways to garnish beverages for Christmas cocktail parties. Rosemary and cranberries are always a great seasonal choice. Try thyme and pomegranate for a different twist.

Pitcher of rum and ginger beer, lime, and cranberries
3.75 from 12 votes

Christmas Mule Cocktail

The Christmas Mule Cocktail is a tasty and festive holiday drink with rum, ginger beer, lime, and garnished with rosemary and cranberries.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas mule cocktail, holiday rum cocktail, rum mule
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 131 kcal
Author Amanda


  • 1 liter ginger beer dark and spicy, I use Buffalo Rock
  • 1 1/2 cups dark rum
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 lime cut into thin slices
  • 1 cup whole fresh cranberries
  • a few long sprigs of rosemary


  1. Mix ginger ale, rum, and lime juice in a large pitcher. Taste and add more lime juice, rum, or ginger ale, if needed.
  2. Garnish with cranberries, lime slices, and rosemary.
Nutrition Facts
Christmas Mule Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 131 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 35mg2%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 114IU2%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

For more Christmas cocktail recipes, check out this Christmas Thyme Cocktail served in a clear ornament, and this rich and decadent Eggnog Cocktail. Do you love hosting holiday parties and serving festive cocktails? Let us know in the comments below!

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