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Sumac Cranberry Mule 3 Ways

Sumac Cranberry Moscow Mule with a few added twists!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Hilda Sterner


  • Saucepan
  • Soup Bag
  • Copper Mug
  • Cocktail Shaker


Prepare Sumac Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup sumac powder

Sumac Cranberry Mule

  • 2 ounce vodka or rum
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice (not cranberry cocktail)
  • 1 ounce sumac syrup
  • 4 ounces Bundaberg Ginger Beer (up to 6 ounces)


  • ¼ cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • 1 lime wheel or wedge


Sumac Syrup

  • Add sugar, water, and sumac powder to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes then simmer over low heat for another 5 minutes. 
  • Once the syrup is cool, strain through a soup bag and into an 8-ounce canning jar. Discard the solids.

Sumac Cranberry Moscow Mule

  • Fill a Moscow Mule mug with one cup of crushed ice, then add vodka, cranberry juice, and sumac syrup. Top with ginger beer. 

Sumac Cranberry American Mule

  • Fill a Moscow Mule mug with one cup of crushed ice, then add rum, cranberry juice, and sumac syrup. Top with ginger beer. 

Virgin Sumac Cranberry Mule

  • Follow the recipe steps above but leave out the alcohol and top with 6 to 8 ounces of ginger beer. 

Garnish And Serve

  • Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge. Toss a handful of cranberries into the mug, or skewer them onto a toothpick. Finish by adding a sprig of mint or rosemary and serve immediately.


  • Be sure to strain the Sumac Syrup through a soup bag so that the syrup does not have a grainy texture. Additionally, resist the temptation to squeeze the bag to get every last drop. Doing so will result in a cloudy syrup.
  • Some people prefer their Moscow Mule shaken, not stirred. To do so, add ice, alcohol, cranberry juice, and sumac syrup into a cocktail shaker (affiliate link) and shake vigorously until mixed and chilled. Next, strain the drink into a copper mug filled with crushed ice. Top with ginger beer, stir, garnish, and serve.
  • Between vodka and rum, I highly recommend using rum. However, not just any rum. Appleton Estate Signature Jamaica Rum tastes amazing in this cocktail!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 9mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 24g