Move over cranberry sauce and, H-E-L-L-O cranberry margarita! Cranberries always remind me that the holidays are right around the corner. One day, while making some cranberry sauce, I decided to blend the berries, add some tequila, and a splash of Grand Marnier. One sip of this festive potion and I was sold, pure heaven, or close to it. If you love cranberries like I do and let’s not forget tequila, then you’ll love this spunky blend. One look at this gorgeous red cocktail dressed up with a crystallized cranberry swizzle stick and you’ll say, “H-O-L-A Margarita!”
Holidays and tasty spiked beverages go hand in hand, don't they? There's a whole new menu of libations to help us celebrate the season. From coquito (for you eggnog and rum lovers) to ponche to mulled wine, the flavors of the season pair wonderfully with a little alcohol! And if you're a non-drinker or you want to make a version for the kids, you can easily whip up virgin mocktails with these drinks. I've included a virgin recipe for this cranberry margarita below (hint: just swap the alcohol for non-alcoholic cider).
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the sugar in the orange juice. Add the cranberries and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Set aside and let it cool. Blend cranberries in a blender, then strain to make the puree.
For the Margarita
In a shaker, add crushed ice, 1 1/2 ounces of tequila, 1/2 ounce of Grand Marnier, 2 ounces of cranberry puree and shake to mix.
Pour drink into a sugar rimmed martini glass. Add a cranberry swizzle stick for garnish.
For the Cranberry Swizzle Sticks
Skewer several cranberries onto 10 skewer sticks but leave skewers exposed on one end. Lightly brush each cranberry skewer with Karo syrup and then sprinkle granulated sugar over the cranberry skewers. Place the cranberry swizzle sticks on wax paper and place in the freezer to set.
For a Virgin Cranberry Cider
Replace the tequila and Grand Marnier with 2 ounces of sparkling cider.