Cranberry Margaritas


Beverages, Christmas / Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Tonight, I’m getting festive with my jelly jar full of Cranberry Margarita, because everyone’s healthy. Because the tree is up and lit. And because my latest car repair cost less than $3. Amen.

To make the margaritas, fill a cocktail shaker with ice; combine the cranberry juice, tequila, Triple Sec and lime juice; and, in the words of recipe writer Rebecca Rather, shake like hell. Then strain the margarita mixture into some glasses full of ice, and start sipping.

If you’re feeling particularly festive, you can garnish the drink with thinly sliced limes, fresh cranberries or a small ornament threaded with a skewer. To make the sugar rim, just run a wedge of lime around the edge of your glass, and dip it into a saucer of sugar. Because it’s pretty. Because everyone’s healthy. And because my latest car repair cost less than $3. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Cranberry Margaritas

Adapted from Rebecca Rather’s “The Pastry Queen Christmas”

Yield: 4 servings

  • Wedge of lime
  • Sugar
  • Ice cubes for shaking and serving
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1/2 cup silver or other 100% agave tequila
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur (Grand Marnier, Triple Sec or Citronage)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • Garnishes: thinly sliced limes or fresh cranberries
  1. Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, and dip the edge in sugar to coat. Fill glasses with ice. Set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all the ingredients, and shake like hell.
  3. Strain into ice-filled glasses and serve.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving) – calories: 121, fat: 0, carbs: 8g, fiber: 0.1g, protein: 0.1g, PP+ = 5

36 thoughts on “Cranberry Margaritas

  1. WOW.. great posting as hubs just adores both the margarita part and the cranberry part!!!

    Oh, gonna make the mirco wave peanut brittle today!

  2. i love cranberries. i love margaritas. i love christmas.

    essentially, i love this blog haha. and will obviously have to make this for my slumber party on friday!

    btw, very jealous that your car repair only costs $3. mine's been in and out of the shop for awhile now and i just can't afford it!

    1. Thanks! A slumber party? I'm SO jealous!

      I feel you on the car repairs. Both of our cars have needed repairs ALL YEAR, so I was over the moon about this one being $3. My brakes had totally gone out. And the problem was… old brake fluid. So, a new bottle fixed them.

      Good luck with your car! Hope it behaves for you.

  3. Those are totally things to celebrate! Although I might need to sub out the tequila with something else – yep, I'm one of the lucky ones with one bad tequila experience. It's all it took :P

    1. I love anything red, so this was made for both of us. I like to tell myself that, since it's cranberry, it MUST be good for me. Never mind the tequila. ;)

  4. My favorite drink ever– Cranberry Margaritas! This recipe reminds me of sangria with tequila! I am limited to only drinking one or I can't drive home! I also love these because they are such a fantastic cranberry color–very festive.
    -Sylvia

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