Cranberry Margarita

Looking for a quick and easy holiday cocktail? Look no further than this bright, vibrant cranberry margarita! Fresh cranberries add color, while tart cranberry juice plays perfectly against sweet orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, and of course, tequila.

This cranberry margarita is a fast and easy New Year's Eve cocktail that everyone will love! Fresh cranberries add vibrant color, while tart cranberry juice balances with lime juice, orange liqueur, and as always, tequila.

I remember the first time I tried a real margarita (as opposed to the frozen rail version most of us are used to). This was smooth and crisp; a perfect balance of acidity and sweetness.

It was a revelation! I typically consider this to be a summer drink, but there’s no reason to limit it. Margaritas work wonderfully with seasonal ingredients like cranberries, pomegranates and blood oranges, making them a great choice if you’re looking for a holiday cocktail.

(Speaking of which, if you’re more of a gin fan, I highly recommend my blood orange gin and tonic).

An overhead photo of cranberry margaritas and limes.

Recipe Notes

  • You can either purchase fresh cranberries and freeze them ahead of time, or buy them already frozen. Go with what’s available or what you prefer.
  • Always use fresh squeezed lime juice as opposed to bottled. The bottled varieties tend to have an aftertaste that will be especially noticeable when there are so few ingredients.
  • Don’t substitute 100% cranberry juice for the cranberry juice cocktail; it will be too sour. Trust me on this; I tried.
  • These margaritas truly shine when you use quality ingredients. Good tequila and orange liquor can be pricy, but they make a huge difference.
  • I’m usually a big fan of Grand Marnier when it comes to orange liqueur (check out my Orange Grand Marnier Skillet Jam), but I especially love the way Cointreu tastes in a margarita.
This Cranberry Margarita is a perfect Christmas cocktail!
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Cranberry Margarita

5 from 2 votes
This cranberry margarita is a fast and easy Christmas cocktail that everyone will enjoy!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry margarita
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 -3 servings
Calories 318


  • 1/4 cup kosher salt (optional; for rimming the glass)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (optional; for rimming the glass)
  • 1/2 cup frozen cranberries (see notes)
  • 4 ounces good quality tequila, such Casa Noble
  • 4 ounces good quality orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
  • 6 ounces cranberry juice cocktail (see notes)
  • 1 1/2-2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice, plus lime wedges for garnish


  • Combine the salt and sugar in a small bowl. Spread in a thin, even layer on a small plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of each serving glass and dip in the sugar salt mix. Fill each glass with ice and top with the cranberries.
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice (or a liquid measuring cup), combine the tequila, orange liqueur, cranberry juice cocktail, and lime juice. Shake (or stir) to combine.
  • Pour into the prepared glasses. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.


You can purchase fresh cranberries and freeze them ahead of time, or buy them already frozen. Always use fresh squeezed lime juice as opposed to bottled. Don’t try substituting 100% cranberry juice; it will be too sour. Not everyone wants to splurge on higher end liquors like Casa Noble, but it’s worth noting that they yield much smoother results.


Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin C: 55.4%

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About Jennifer Farley

Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine, and has worked professionally as a line cook, pastry chef, and cooking instructor. Her cookbook, The Gourmet Kitchen, was published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster.

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