Cranberry Margaritas

prepared by and photo by Emily S. Downs

I love me a Margarita during any season, but with the holidays approaching cranberries give the classic cocktail that special twist.  Festive, bright and oh-so tasty.  This recipe makes a decent size batch.  A win-win for everyone.

Size: 12 drinks

1 1/4 cups premium tequila
1 1/4 cups frozen cranberry juice cocktail concentrate, thawed
1 cup canned jellied cranberry sauce
10 tbsp fresh lime juice
6 tbsp orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier)
7 cups ice cubes
Coarse salt
Cranberries (garnish)


Blend tequila, cranberry juice cocktail, canned cranberry sauce, lime juice and orange liqueur in blender until smooth.  Transfer to large glass measuring cup.  Pour half of Margarita base into blender; add 3 1/2 cups ice cubes.  Blend until mixture is slushy; pour into salt-rimmed Margarita glasses.  Garnish with cranberries.  Repeat with remaining Margarita base and 3 1/2 cups ice cubes.

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Author: Emily Sarah Downs

Cuisine Coordinator, Tips From Town, Ridgewood, NJ


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