Christmas Margarita

White Christmas Margarita

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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 drink

Bring the refreshing taste of a margarita into your holiday celebrations. This recipe for a Christmas margarita offers a little seasonal flair against a comforting tropical backdrop. It's easy to mix up and a lot of fun to share with friends.

The base of a classic margarita remains untouched: you'll combine a good silver tequila with your favorite orange liqueur and fresh lime juice. White cranberry juice adds a semi-sweet, fruity touch and coconut milk gives it a tropical twist that's still perfect for winter. Adding the cinnamon sugar rim and the rosemary, cranberry, and lime garnishes enhance its festive appeal and flavor.

Ingredients

  • Cinnamon sugar (for rim)
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce coconut milk
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (triple sec or Grand Marnier)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce white cranberry juice
  • Garnish: lime slice
  • Garnish: cranberries
  • Garnish: rosemary sprig

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a White Christmas Margarita
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  2. Rim an old-fashioned glass with cinnamon sugar: Begin by wiping a lime wedge around the edge of the glass to wet the rim, then roll it in a shallow dish of cinnamon sugar.

    Applying a Cinnamon Sugar Rim to the White Christmas Margarita
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  3. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the tequila, coconut milk, orange liqueur, lime juice, and white cranberry juice.

    Mixing up a White Christmas Margarita
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  4. Shaking up a White Christmas Margarita
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  5. Strain into the prepared glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime slice, a few cranberries, and a sprig of rosemary.

    White Christmas Margarita Garnished With Cranberries, Rosemary, and Lime
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  6. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • Cartons of coconut milk can easily be found in most grocer's dairy section because it's a popular alternative to dairy milk. It's made to drink straight and lower in fat than the canned variety. Vanilla-flavored coconut milk is particularly delicious in this cocktail.
  • For a richer taste, you can use canned coconut milk. Since it separates in the can, give it a good shake before you open it.
  • To make cinnamon sugar, simply combine 1 part ground cinnamon and 3 parts white sugar until you get an even color.
  • If you can't find fresh cranberries for the garnish, look in the grocer's freezer section. When you do spot the fresh fruits, flash freeze them, then transfer them to a plastic freezer bag and keep frozen for future use.

Recipe Variations

  • Serve the margarita up in a cocktail glass if you prefer. Just make sure the glass is well-chilled unless you add ice.
  • This margarita is also a great blended cocktail. Simply add all of the ingredients to the blender with 1 cup of ice (about 5 or 6 average cubes) and blend until smooth.
  • Try this margarita with reposado tequila. The slight aging will add a warm, oaky background to the drink.

How Strong Is a White Christmas Margarita?

This recipe is one of the lighter shaken margaritas. On average, it should mix up to an alcohol content around 17 percent ABV (34 proof), or slightly stronger than a glass of wine.