We’re big margarita people so finding new seasonal fruits to blend with tequila has become our Friday night hobby. Sometimes we get a little too serious about getting a recipe just right with “official testing,” complete with notepads, pencils, and a scoring system. Other times we can eye a recipe and just know it’s a winner. Like this one.
I had a cranberry margarita at a Christmas party last year and loved it. So I had a few more 🙂 Cranberries, cranberry juice, orange, lime, and tequila are blended together and served over ice. I’m not big on the peppermint-y cocktails that are usually served at holiday dinners so to me, this is the perfect holiday cocktail.
A festive cranberry margarita recipe perfect for holiday dinners and parties.
- 3/4 cup 100% cranberry juice* (see note below)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar, divided* (see note below)
- 1 1/2 cups (6 oz) fresh or thawed cranberries
- 3/4 cup fresh lime juice (5-6 limes)
- 3/4 cup tequila
- 1/2 cup orange liqueur
- Pour the cranberry juice into the blender, reserving 1 Tbsp.
- Sprinkle 3 Tbsp sugar onto a small plate.
- Use the cranberry juice to coat the rims of 4 to 6 glasses (6 to 8 oz each) and then dip the glasses into the sugar. Fill with ice and set aside.
- Reserve 12 cranberries and place the rest in the blender along with the water, sugar, lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur.
- Blend 30 seconds, or until smooth.
- Pour through a strainer to catch the cranberry pulp.
- Pour the strained margarita into glasses and garnish with reserved berries.
Yields: 4 servings
Estimated time: 10 minutes
* I use 100% cranberry juice – it doesn’t have added sugar so it’s not the stuff a normal person would drink straight – and add a little water to lighten it up. It keeps the margarita tart and not too sweet. If you can’t find 100% cranberry juice (check the label), go with your favorite cranberry juice “cocktail” and consider adding only half the sugar at first and then blending in the rest to-taste. Your margarita will be a lighter color. But festive nonetheless 🙂