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cranberry margaritas in 3 serving glasses
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5 from 13 votes

Cranberry Margarita

📋 Say cheer's with this brilliant bright red colored Cranberry margarita, a perfect Christmas and New year drink. The vibrant bright red color is so stunning to look at it. The drink has a perfect balance of sweet, tart and totally refreshing.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Course: Drinks, holiday recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 358kcal


To make fresh cranberry juice –

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • ¼ cup water
  • cup sugar

To make cranberry margarita-

  • 2 cup fresh cranberry juice
  • 4 tablespoon lime juice
  • ¾ cup tequila
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • ½ cup orange-flavored liqueur Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • Ice cubes

Garnish –

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Lime wedges
  • Sugared cranberries
  • Rosemary sprig
  • Ice cubes
  • Margarita salt or regular coarse salt and caster sugar to coat the rim of serving glasses


  • To make cranberry margaritas, first rim the ridge of your serving glass with a lime wedge and dip in margarita salt.
  • Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine cranberry juice, freshly squeezed orange juice, triple sec, tequila, lime juice with ice cubes. Shake for about 30 seconds.
  • Pour over ice and squeeze in lime slices.
  • Garnish with sugared cranberries, lime wedges.


Homemade fresh cranberry juice

There are two ways - one exacting the juice from fresh berries and second making a cranberry syrup to make margarita
Using fresh homemade juice gives you the best tasting margaritas. Feel free to use store bought packaged juice from carton if you want to speed things up.
Into a juicer, throw in fresh cranberries and juice it. Making your own cranberry juice from scratch won’t take much time. Balancing the tartness of the cranberries is done with sugar or any sweetener.
Puree fresh cranberries and squeeze the heck out of them through a strainer. Then add sugar accordingly to balance out the tartness of fresh cranberries.
Alternatively ….
Into a sauce pan add cranberries, sugar and water. Bring it to boil. After 8 to 10 minutes cranberries will turn soft. Mash it a little and turn off flame.
Allow the cranberry juice to cool a little. Then strain off using fine mesh sieve and squeeze out as much juice as you can.
Let cranberry juice cool down completely before using it in margarita. 
Taste cranberry juice before adding it to the cocktail. If too sour, add simple syrup to balance out the sour taste. 
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg