This holiday season, whip up this simple Festive Cranberry Margaritas. Cranberry juice, fresh lime juice, orange liqueur, and tequila come together to make a delicious holiday-inspired margarita.
Traditionally, margaritas are considered a warm-weather drink, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this delicious and popular cocktail all year long!
This holiday-friendly version lends a festive twist with its bright splash of color and fun, seasonal garnish.
If you are planning on hosting a Christmas party, this should be on your holiday entertaining list.
Festive Cranberry Margaritas, this mouth-watering drink, will please any of the adults at the party. This holiday party drink will be a hit!
In 5 minutes, you’ll have cranberry infused margaritas ready to enjoy!
HOW TO MAKE FESTIVE CRANBERRY MARGARITAS
Cranberry juice and lime juice are mixed with orange liqueur and tequila to make a festive tasting margarita the whole family will enjoy!
Are you ready to get started?
You’ll find the specific ingredient amounts and detailed instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of this post.
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FESTIVE CRANBERRY MARGARITAS INGREDIENTS
This quick and easy Cranberry Margarita recipe uses everyday kitchen staples to create a delicious holiday drink your family will love.
You can easily find these ingredients at your local grocery store.
All you need is:
- Cointreau (or other orange liqueur)
- some cranberry juice
- fresh lime juice
- a few garnishes like fresh rosemary sprigs, cranberries, fresh lime wedges
FESTIVE CRANBERRY MARGARITAS RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS
This Festive Cranberry Margarita will be a hit and it’s extremely easy to make.
Simply, make the cranberry garnish first by carefully threading 3 fresh cranberries through rosemary stems. Set aside.
Next, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add tequila, Cointreau, and both juices.
Shake well and strain into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and lime wedges, if desired.
Serve immediately. In less than 5 minutes, you’ll have a delicious holiday drink that’s sure to become a new favorite!
FESTIVE CRANBERRY MARGARITA TIPS AND QUESTIONS
If you’ve never made a homemade margarita, don’t worry! Below are some common questions and helpful tips.
Hopefully, this will answer any questions you may have.
If not, feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll answer the best I can.
HOW LONG DOES IT REALLY TAKE TO MAKE A FESTIVE CRANBERRY MARGARITA?
This Festive Cranberry Margarita recipe takes approximately 5 minutes. TOTAL. This includes:
- About 1 minute of prep time to cut the limes
- Close to 2 minutes to create the cranberry rosemary garnishes
- Around 2 minutes to fill a cocktail shaker with the ice, alcohol, and juices and shake
WHAT GOES WELL WITH FESTIVE CRANBERRY MARGARITAS?
Festive Cranberry Margaritas go well with a wide variety of snacks.
Some of my personal favorites include:
- Christmas Wreath Cookies
- Brie and Crackers
- Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls
- Grinch Pretzels
- Melting Snowman Cheese Appetizer
CAN I USE TRIPLE SEC INSTEAD OF COINTREAU?
Yes, you can use Triple Sec in this recipe instead of Cointreau.
Any orange liqueur will work perfectly in this margarita recipe.
The steps will be pretty much the same.
CAN I SKIP THE CRANBERRY ROSEMARY GARNISH?
The beautiful cranberry rosemary garnish is simple to make and turns this margarita into a showstopper.
If you cannot find fresh rosemary and cranberries you can skip the garnish.
WHAT IS THE BEST TEQUILA FOR MARGARITAS?
The best tequila for margaritas is a tequila that says it is 100% de agave or puro de agave.
You want a silver or Blanco tequila. This means the tequila has been aged in oak for up to two months.
You do not want to use a gold tequila because it has been aged longer in oak so it will have more of a woody flavor.
HOW CAN I TURN THIS INTO A PITCHER MARGARITA RECIPE?
You can easily turn this single margarita recipe into a pitcher margarita recipe by multiplying it by 8 to 16 depending on how many servings you want to create and then pouring all the ingredients into a pitcher instead of a cocktail shaker.
CAN I MAKE CRANBERRY MARGARITAS AHEAD OF TIME?
Yes, you can easily make this margarita recipe 1 day ahead of time.
I suggest making a pitcher of the drink, keeping it refrigerated until you are ready to serve, and stirring it before serving.
This is a great way to prep for a party.
SHOULD I USE UNSWEETENED OR SWEETENED CRANBERRY JUICE?
I suggest you use sweetened cranberry juice because unsweetened might be too tart in this festive cranberry margarita recipe.
I DON’T LIKE CRANBERRY JUICE. IS THERE ANOTHER JUICE YOU RECOMMEND?
You can use any juice you want to create these margaritas but if you want to keep them festive feeling try using apple cider instead of cranberry juice.
You’ll still have the comfy feeling of the holidays with the yummy apple and cinnamon flavor of the apple cider.
WHAT ELSE CAN I ADD TO THIS FESTIVE CRANBERRY MARGARITAS RECIPE?
This simple Cranberry Margaritas recipe not only tastes great, but it’s also incredibly versatile.
Try adding a rim of sugar to your margarita glasses. YUM!
FESTIVE CRANBERRY MARGARITA RECIPE
Festive Cranberry Margaritas
- 3 oz. tequila
- 2 oz. Cointreau or other orange liqueur
- 2 oz. cranberry juice
- 3 T. fresh lime juice
- fresh rosemary sprigs bottom leaves removed, approximately 2-3” long
- fresh cranberries
- fresh lime wedges
- To make cranberry sprig garnish, carefully thread 3 fresh cranberries onto tough rosemary stems. Set aside.
- Fill cocktail shaker with ice and add tequila, Cointreau, and both juices. Shake well and strain into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and lime wedges, if desired. Serve immediately.
I hope you enjoy this holiday drink recipe as much as my family does!
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