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Cranberry Margarita

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I wanted to squeeze in one more Holiday Margarita before the BIG Turkey day.  Hey, while you prep your cranberry sauce why not make the simple syrup for this colorful margarita.  A pop of color to your table or a dose of sanity for the busy day.   Keep company busy with a refreshing margarita and plates of appetizers while you add the finishing touches to your Holiday meal.  

I plan on making a huge batch of cranberry syrup and pumpkin syrup to take home this Thanksgiving.  Let’s be honest after 10-12 hours in the kitchen, your gonna need tequila. Enjoy!      


Fresh cranberries are simmered with sugar and water to create a simple syrup.  I used piloncillo in my simple syrup, but regular sugar works just as well.  Simmer until the cranberries burst and be sure to smash the heck out of them with a wooden spoon or potato smasher.  You want to release the entire cranberry flavor, this also gives you the deepest cranberry color.  Another tip try substituting freshly squeezed orange juice instead of water for another level of flavor.



Cranberry Margarita

Serving Size: 4-6 ounce margaritas


  • 3 cups fresh cranberries
  • ½ grated piloncillo or sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • Lime wedges
  • salt
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau
  • Ice cubes
  • Cranberries for garnish


  1. On a small plate spread salt.
  2. With lime wedges moisten rim of 6 ounce glasses.
  3. Dip glasses into salt.
  4. Place glasses into freezer to chill.
  5. Simmer cranberries, water, piloncillo or sugar until cranberries burst.
  6. With a wooden spoon smash the cranberries to release their entire flavor.
  7. Strain and allow syrup to cool.
  8. In a pitcher combine tequila, cranberry syrup, lime juice and Cointreau.
  9. Remove glasses from freezer and serve margarita mixture over ice.



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33 Responses to Cranberry Margarita

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  3. If that doesn’t put guests in a holiday mood, nothing will! A truly dazzling cocktail! ;)
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  4. Yum! This looks like the perfect holiday drink.

  5. This looks wonderful! Will definitely have to try…Thanks!

  6. we had some, too, on Thanksgiving! I brought home 6 bottles of tequila and one of my brothers and SIL went to town with la botellas! Love the colors and of course, the flavor.
    Bren recently posted..Lavender and Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing For ThanksgivingMy Profile

  7. Bonnie what a great and festive cocktail. I also love your pumpkin margarita. You are like the queen of margaritas. So you need to get on writing a margarita book soon. Hope you had a lovely holiday :)
    Spicie Foodie recently posted..Sunday Snapshots: Cha SobaMy Profile

  8. i think I should send Santa a letter to get me a ticket to your house. All your margaritas look fantastic!

    Congratulation to your little kitchen helper. The chocolate bark is perfect as a Christmas home made gift.

  9. Can you make me one please!? Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you are having a relaxing weekend with family and good food. Many blessings this week, my friend!
    Monet recently posted..Caramel and Nutella ThumbprintsMy Profile

  10. What lovely color and such a healthy treat of anti oxidants!
    Sanjeeta kk recently posted..Wholewheat Pumpkin Bread – Healthy Bake with Coconut & Almond CrunchMy Profile

  11. There was a cranberry crisis at my grocery store this week and I was only able to score one bag to make my cranberry sauce. But the minute they’re restocked this weekend, I’m going to go buy a bag to make this! I love all of your creativity when it comes to margaritas!
    Maura at The Other Side of The Tortilla recently posted..Camotes al chipotle: a Mexican twist on a Thanksgiving classicMy Profile

  12. i don’t eat first with my eyes, but i do drink first. i’m immediately drawn to this brilliantly-hued beverage–lovely work!
    grace recently posted..it’s the great pumpkin, charlie brown!My Profile

  13. I´m going to prepare some cranberry margaritas righ now!!!

  14. Any chance you can send a pint of that cranberry sauce over here? Along with some of this? Heck, we should just get together and celebrate with this.

    Have a wonderful holiday!
    Belinda @zomppa recently posted..Hot Dogs: Frank FoodMy Profile

  15. Gotta say that cranberry margarita looks good!!
    Mercedes @BeChicMag recently posted..Chic Coats for the WinterMy Profile

  16. The incredible color alone has me convinced. Cheers!

    Bonnie, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones,
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  17. Wow. Well, if you don’t drink, you can always use it for decoration!
    Monica recently posted..Learning About Chocolate with Willy WonkaMy Profile

  18. I don’t like tequila but that looks really good!

  19. this is fun happy thanksgiving hugs

  20. Perfect for Thanksgiving!

  21. Oh how I love you and your amazing margaritas! I want to be your neighbor! That way we could drink and I wouldn’t have to drive anywhere!

    Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a great one.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner
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  22. This cranberry margarita is so festive and beautiful. I love the deep maroon hue. I hope your family and you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  23. What a beautiful seasonal drink!
    Angie@Angiesrecipes recently posted..Poppy Thumbprints with Lemon CurdMy Profile

  24. This looks magnificent! Adding to my must make list.
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  25. Just what Thanksgiving needs :) Well done!
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  26. Since I don’t eat turkey can I have 3 of these :) Gorgeous margarita, and one of my favorite boozy flavors!
    Wishing you and family a very lovely Thanksgiving…

  27. Perfect for Thanskgiving!
    Blond Duck recently posted..Magical Monday: Thanksgiving editionMy Profile

  28. My family is really big on tequila at the holidays. They usually just do shots, which I can’t possibly keep up with. I think this margarita may have to be my drink of choice!

  29. Yup. I need a jar of each of those festive syrups close at hand. Happy in the kitchen ;) !! It’s beautiful…and so is that amazing Cranberry Guajillo Sauce. YUM!

  30. Oh simply beautiful,, forget the taste of it for a second it looks gorgeous- now on to the taste- it sounds phenomenal- only a few more weeks and I can actually have one!

  31. Marvelously seasonal!



  32. What a fantastic margarita!! The colour its so vibrant and I can imagine the amazing flavour. Its a fantastic suggestion that I might be doing for Christmas and its also official that you are the Margarita Queen :)))!

  33. I’ve still yet to try a margarita, but this looks so beautiful! Love the deep dark colour of the cranberry syrup :)

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