Cranberry Ginger Bourbon Mule

This cranberry Kentucky mule is a delightful variation of the classic mule cocktail, featuring the rich flavors of bourbon, the spiciness of ginger beer, and the tartness of cranberry juice. The reduced cranberry juice infused with fresh ginger adds a unique twist to this refreshing and vibrant drink, making it the perfect cocktail to enjoy all year round.

Cranberry Ginger Bourbon Mule

A delightful bourbon mule with the zing of ginger beer and the tang of cranberry juice, garnished with candied ginger for an extra sweet kick.

4.77 from 90 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins


  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 inch nub peeled fresh ginger
  • 1.50 oz bourbon whiskey
  • 6 oz ginger beer
  • Candied ginger to garnish (optional)


  1. Smash the fresh ginger with the back of a knife and place it in a small saucepan with the cranberry juice.
  2. Heat the mixture over high heat until it boils, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from heat, allow the juice to cool, and strain it to remove the ginger.
  4. Fill a whiskey glass with ice and pour in the reduced cranberry juice.
  5. Add the bourbon to the glass and top it off with ginger beer.
  6. Gently stir the cocktail with a spoon, garnish with candied ginger if desired, and serve!