Cranberry Margarita

Indulge in the spirit of the holidays with this dazzling Cranberry Margarita recipe! A perfect fusion of tangy cranberry juice, zesty lime, and the smooth kick of tequila, this cocktail is a celebration in a glass.

Cranberry Margarita in a clear glass.

I cannot lie; cannot lie; cranberries are my absolute favorite fruit to put into a margarita, especially during the Holiday season – Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. The reason is that you can only enjoy this cocktail with a fresh cranberry mixture for a very short part of the year—October to December.

So, if you want to try this delectable drink, run to the nearest store to grab a bag of fresh cranberries before they’re gone! Now, you should note that technically, you don’t need fresh cranberries to make this beverage; it is an optional garnish. However, for me, they make all the difference.

Margaritas and fruit make some of the best cocktails. If you are looking for other similar recipes then you must also check out my Pineapple Margarita, Orange Margarita, and Blueberry Margarita!

Reasons to Love This Margarita

  • The combination of cranberry and lime offers a perfect balance of tartness and zest.
  • Its vibrant red color makes the cranberry margarita a stunning addition to any festive table.
  • The crisp, refreshing taste of cranberry margaritas.
  • This recipe easily adapts to non-alcoholic versions, making it inclusive for all guests.
  • It has a straightforward preparation making this cocktail a go-to choice for a quick, yet impressive drink.

Recipe Ingredients

Two glasses of Cranberry Margarita on a table with a shaker.
  • Cranberry Juice: Adds the signature tart cranberry flavor and vibrant color.
  • Tequila: Provides the classic, robust base that defines a margarita.
  • Triple Sec: Offers a sweet, citrusy counterbalance to the tartness of the cranberry.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Brings a zesty freshness, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
  • Simple Syrup: Sweetens the drink, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations

  • Orange Liqueur: Elevate your cocktail with Cointreau, a high-quality orange liqueur.
  • Silver Tequila: Choose silver tequila for a more mellow taste.

How to Make a Cranberry Margarita

Step #1: In a cocktail shaker with ice, add your tequila, triple sec, lime juice, simple syrup, and cranberry juice.

Step #2: Shake vigorously for 20 seconds.

Step #3: Pour into your favorite cocktail glass with ice and rimmed with sugar. Then, garnish with fresh cranberries, a slice of lime, and a rosemary sprig. Enjoy!

Cranberry margarita being poured into a glass.

Expert Tips

  • Chill the Glass: Before preparing your cranberry margarita, chill the cocktail glass in the freezer. A cold glass will keep your margarita chilled longer, enhancing the drinking experience.
  • Balance Your Flavors: The key to a perfect margarita is balancing the sweetness of the simple syrup with the tartness of the lime. Taste and adjust the ingredients to find your ideal balance.
  • Creative Garnishes: Don’t underestimate the power of garnish. Fresh cranberries, lime slices, and a sprig of rosemary add visual appeal and a hint of extra flavor. If you don’t like a sugar rim, then try a salt rim for a different taste.
  • Customization Station: Set up a margarita station with all the ingredients, recipes, and various garnishes. This allows guests to tailor their drinks to their taste, making them sweeter or sourer as they prefer.
  • Batch Preparation for Convenience: If you’re hosting a larger group, scale up the recipe to prepare a batch of margaritas. You can pour a pitcher of margaritas into your favorite beverage dispenser with fresh cranberries and lime slices inside. This will give your guests access to delicious drinks throughout the event. This not only looks impressive but also makes serving more efficient.
Beverage dispenser with cranberry margaritas in it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of glass is best for a cranberry margarita?

A classic margarita glass or a rocks glass is perfect for serving a cranberry margarita.

How do I garnish a cranberry margarita?

Garnish with fresh cranberries, a lime wedge, and a sprig of rosemary for a festive touch.

Can I use this recipe to make a frozen cranberry margarita?

Yes, blend the ingredients with ice in a blender to create a refreshing frozen cranberry margarita.

What’s the best way to sugar the rim of the glass?

Wet the rim with lime juice by running a lime wedge around the rim, then dip into sugar on a small plate or in a small bowl, rotating gently to coat evenly.

Can cranberry margaritas be part of a brunch menu?

Absolutely, their bright flavor makes them a great addition to any brunch spread.

Two glasses of a cranberry margarita cocktail, garnished with fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.

Storage Info

Store your cranberry margarita in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days to preserve freshness.

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Cranberry Margarita cocktail in a glass with a sugared rim on a wooden board.

Cranberry Margarita Recipe

Indulge in the spirit of the holidays with this dazzling Cranberry Margarita recipe! A perfect fusion of tangy cranberry juice, zesty lime, and the smooth kick of tequila, this cocktail is a celebration in a glass.
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Course: Beverages, Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 374kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 2 oz store-bought cranberry juice
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • fresh cranberries - optional garnish
  • lime wedge - optional garnish
  • rosemary sprig - optional garnish
  • sugar - optional rim
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Instructions

  • In a cocktail shaker with ice add in your tequila, triple sec, lime juice, simple syrup, and cranberry juice.
  • Shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
  • Pour in your favorite cocktail glass with ice and rimmed with sugar.
  • Garnish with fresh cranberries, a slice of lime, and a rosemary sprig and enjoy!

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NOTES

Storage Info:
Store your cranberry margarita in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days to preserve freshness. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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