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Toast to the Holidays with a Thanksgiving Cranberry Cocktail

Pull up a chair and let's get cozy as we introduce you to Maverick's Mule, our Outlaw twist to your Thanksgiving toast. No frills, just the good stuff. Ready to pour a little rebellion into your glass? Let's get mixin'.

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with a unique Thanksgiving Maverick Mule that will leave your guests asking for more. This cocktail incorporates Outlaw Utah Bourbon and cranberry to create an irresistible blend of flavors that will have your taste buds tingling. So, grab your bottle and get ready to impress your friends and family this Thanksgiving.

Should I use fresh or canned cranberries for my cocktail?

For the best flavor and presentation, it is recommended to use fresh cranberries for your Thanksgiving cranberry cocktail. Fresh cranberries have a brighter and more vibrant color, as well as a tart and refreshing taste that adds a festive touch to your cocktail.


Outlaw Thanksgiving Cranberry Cocktail

The Thanksgiving Maverick Mule: A Unique Blend

Elevate your Thanksgiving toast with the delicious and refreshing Maverick Mule cocktail. Impress your guests with a festive blend that combines cranberry, ginger beer, and Utah bourbon. It's the perfect drink to kick off the season and showcase your mixology skills. Raise a glass to a Thanksgiving drink that may become a new tradition among your crew!

The Magic of Utah Bourbon

Outlaw bourbon is a premium, handcrafted spirit that values authenticity, tradition, and innovation. With our small-batch production and the use of locally sourced grains, we deliver a distinct, high-quality product.

At Outlaw, the essence of our bourbon begins with the singular character of Utah's terroir. The unique environmental tapestry—from the rich, mountain-fed soil to the crisp, high-altitude air—cultivates the grains that define our spirit's essence. This intimate connection with the land infuses each bottle with a sense of identity, one that is irrevocably tied to the wild beauty and pioneering spirit of the American West.

Let the essence of the Old West whisk you away on a nostalgic journey, heightening your appreciation for the world of exceptional cocktails.

Recipe Essentials

Maverick's Mule: A Thanksgiving Twist on a Classic!


  • 2 oz Outlaw Bourbon
  • Fresh cranberries (a small handful)
  • Ginger beer
  • 1 lime
  • Ice cubes


  • Prep Your Glass: Begin by selecting your favorite highball glass or a traditional copper mug for an authentic mule experience.
  • Muddle the Cranberries: Take a handful of fresh, seasonal cranberries and add them to the bottom of your glass. Using a muddler or the back end of a wooden spoon, gently press down and twist the cranberries. You’re not looking to pulverize them, just to break them open to release their tart, fruity essence.
  • Build the Drink: Pour in the Outlaw Bourbon over the muddled cranberries, adding a rustic, smooth depth to the base of your cocktail.
  • Add the Citrus: Squeeze in the juice of half a lime, balancing the sweetness of the bourbon and the tartness of the cranberries with a refreshing citrus zing.
  • Top and Stir: Add ice cubes to the brim of your glass. Then, top off your concoction with a generous splash of ginger beer, lending a spicy effervescence that complements the bourbon and berries beautifully. Stir the mixture gently to integrate all the flavors while still maintaining the beverage's bubbly character.
  • Garnish and Serve: Finally, garnish your Maverick's Mule with a few whole cranberries and a wedge or wheel of lime on the rim of the glass. Serve immediately and watch as your guests have fun enjoying this Thanksgiving cocktail that's as rebellious as the spirit it's made with!

The Importance of Quality Bourbon

Choosing a top-notch Utah bourbon is essential to elevate your Maverick Mule. The flavor of the cocktail is directly influenced by the quality of the bourbon, so investing in a whiskey that you love is crucial. Aim for a bourbon with a rich, smooth, and complex flavor profile to enhance the overall taste of the cocktail. The bourbon is the star of the show in the Maverick Mule, so don't compromise on its quality. Impress your guests and leave a lasting impression with a high-quality bourbon.

Crafting the Maverick Mule: Step-by-Step Guide

Crafting the Maverick Mule: Step-by-Step Guide:

Create the perfect Maverick Mule with this simple step-by-step guide. Begin by muddling fresh cranberries, cranberry sauce, and simple syrup for a burst of cranberry flavor. Shake the cranberry mixture, orange juice, lime juice, and ginger beer into a copper mug. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and fresh cranberries, and enjoy the delicious blend of flavors with this fun take on the traditional Moscow Mule.

Preparing the Cranberry Cocktail

Start by muddling fresh cranberries, cranberry sauce, and simple syrup to create the perfect cocktail. This releases the cranberries' juices and adds a festive touch. Experiment with different cranberry sauce varieties, like whole cranberry or cranberry-orange, to customize the drink to your taste. The cranberry vodka cocktail adds a bright and tangy flavor to the drink, making it the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail. Cheers to a delicious holiday drink!

Mixing the Bourbon: Do's and Don'ts

When it comes to mixing the bourbon for your Thanksgiving cranberry cocktail, precision is key. Measure the perfect pour, striking a balance between the flavors of the cocktail. Avoid overpowering the other ingredients with too much bourbon; it should enhance, not overpower. Gently stir to evenly distribute the bourbon and create a harmonious blend of flavors.

Final Touches for a Flawless Taste on your Thanksgiving cranberry cocktail

To add a final touch to your Maverick Mule cocktail, garnish it with lime wedges and sugared cranberries for an extra festive touch. Enhance the aromatics of the cocktail by adding mint leaves or a fresh orange slice to the glass. For a sweet and tangy twist, rim the glass with cinnamon sugar or cranberry syrup.

Making the Maverick Mule: Party Edition

Scale up the Maverick Mule cocktail recipe for your holiday party with a big batch of cocktail base and let guests personalize their drinks. Provide festive garnishes like sugared cranberries and cinnamon sticks. Set up a cocktail station with the Outlaw Distillery bourbon and lime juice batch mixture in a pitcher.  Provide ginger beer cans for guests to finalize their own Maverick Mule cocktail.

Scaling Up the Recipe for a Larger Crowd

Batch Recipe for the Maverick Mule (Serves about 12-15)


  • 750 ml bottle of Outlaw Bourbon
  • 1 1/2 cups of fresh cranberries
  • Approximately 12-15 limes (for fresh lime juice)
  • Ginger beer (to add individually in each glass)
  • Ice
  • Fresh cranberries and lime wheels, for garnish


  • Muddle the Cranberries
  • Combine Bourbon and Lime Juice: Combine 1.5 cups of freshly squeezed lime juice with muddled cranberries and a 750 ml bottle of Outlaw Bourbon, stir well, and refrigerate to chill and infuse flavors before serving.
  • Top with Ginger Beer

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make a Non-Alcoholic Version?

For guests who do not drink alcohol or choose not to, it's important to offer a delicious and festive non-alcoholic drink option. Incorporate fresh and seasonal ingredients, like cranberries and apple cider, into the non-alcoholic beverage. Label the drinks clearly so guests can easily identify the non-alcoholic option, such as sparkling water. Provide a variety of non-alcoholic beverages to cater to different preferences. Regardless of their drink choice, encourage guests to enjoy the festivities and celebrate responsibly.

Are there any variations of this recipe that I can try?

Looking to add some unique twists to your Thanksgiving cranberry cocktail? Try adding a citrus twist with a splash of orange juice or orange liqueur. For a different flavor profile, substitute cranberry juice with pomegranate juice. Alternatively, you can garnish with a sprig of rosemary or thyme and a splash of lemon juice for a herbal touch. You can also try using cranberry juice instead of ginger beer for a festive Thanksgiving variation. We hope you enjoy it!


Cheers to a delightful Thanksgiving cranberry cocktailt! The Maverick Mule with Cranberry Cocktail and Utah Bourbon is a unique and enticing blend that will surely impress your guests. Remember, the key to this recipe is using high-quality bourbon to enhance the flavors and elevate the cocktail to new heights. Whether you're hosting a small gathering or a larger party, this recipe can be easily scaled up to cater to your needs. And for those who prefer non-alcoholic options, don't worry, we've got you covered. Swap out the bourbon for a delicious non-alcoholic alternative and still enjoy the same great taste. So, what are you waiting for? Raise a glass, savor the flavors, and indulge in a memorable Thanksgiving celebration.


Enjoy Responsibly: Each sip of the Maverick's Mule promises a burst of seasonal flavors, perfect for toasting to gratitude, camaraderie, and the outlaw spirit within us all this Thanksgiving.

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