This holiday twist on a classic margarita is from mixologist Tom Macy, head bartender at the inventive Brooklyn cocktail bar, Clover Club. Shake up this cocktail like a pro at your next holiday party and prepare to look very cool while doing it. Or, make a batch to have ready for a larger gathering.
This recipe creates a 1 cup batch of simple syrup, which is enough to create 16 drinks of these drinks.
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- For the Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 10 cinnamon sticks
- For the Margarita:
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (such as Cointreau)
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 1/2 ounce cranberry juice
- 1/2 ounce cinnamon simple syrup
- Optional: cinnamon stick and orange slice (for garnish)
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this drink is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.
Prepare the Cinnamon Simple Syrup
Place the sugar, water, and cinnamon sticks into a small saucepan. Cover, bring to a boil over high heat, and cook until the sugar dissolves completely, about 2 minutes.
Cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes, and use immediately or store the syrup, with the cinnamon sticks, in an airtight container, as it will continue to infuse. The simple syrup will last 1 month when refrigerated.
Make the Margarita
Gather the ingredients.
Pour the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, cranberry juice and 1/2 ounce of the cinnamon simple syrup into a cocktail shaker.
Add ice to the cocktail shaker until full. Seal the shaker and shake until it is cold.
Strain cocktail into a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with cinnamon stick and orange, if desired.