Winter Cranberry Margaritas Recipe

cranberry margaritas
Leah Maroney
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 3 cups (3 servings)

Margaritas are the quintessential summer cocktail, but that doesn't mean you can only enjoy them in the summer time!  Add some deliciously tart cranberry juice and you've got a beautiful and festive margarita that is perfect for the winter season! 

These margaritas are so easy to make in large batches.  They can easily serve a large crowd and are sure to please! You can also make them single serve.  Just stick to one ounce of tequila, 1/2 an ounce of triple sec, top with lime juice and splash of cranberry juice!

 We like to make my own cranberry juice because the flavor and color is so much better!  It's not that difficult to make, but it takes a little bit of extra time as you have to allow the juice to cool. If you aren't up for making the juice from scratch, you can totally replace the homemade juice with about 1 1/2 cups of store bought cranberry juice. The cocktail will still be delicious and beautiful!  

You can also make this cocktail a virgin one. Simply replace the booze and lime juice with some fresh margarita mix or lime juice and simple syrup. It's almost as good as the real thing and is perfect for those who are expecting during the holidays!

They look beautiful on the brunch table and are perfect for holiday mornings while you are opening gifts and enjoying Christmas breakfast!!  Since my mom's family is from the southwest Mexican food is a staple breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Margaritas are definitely a breakfast cocktail in our house!  It's definitely a new twist on the traditional gingerbread Christmas! 


  • 1 package cranberries (fresh)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup lime juice (fresh)
  • 3/4 cup silver tequila
  • 1/4 cup orange liquor (such as triple sec or Grand Marnier)
  • Garnish: fresh limes wedges and fresh cranberries
  • Granish: coarse salt or sugar for the rims

Steps to Make It

  1.  Add the fresh cranberries to a small saucepan.  Turn on the heat and add the granulated sugar and water. Stir to combine and allow to come to a boil.  Once the cranberries are soft (about 5-10 minutes), turn off the heat.  Let cool to lukewarm.  Strain the cranberries over a fine mesh sieve.  Allow the cranberry mixture to completely cool before making the cocktails. 

  2. Shake or stir the cranberry juice, lime juice, tequila, and orange liquor with ice. 

  3. Salt or sugar the rim of the glasses.  Add ice to each glass and strain the cocktail over the top of the ice.  Serve with a garnish of fresh cranberries and lime wedges!  Enjoy immediately!