Cranberry-Orange Margaritas: A Paleo Holiday Cocktail

A few people have reached out to me and asked me to share this cranberry-orange margarita I created a few years ago because the site I posted it on originally is no longer live, so here it is! This is the same post from 2013 (WHAT?!) but I figured while I was at it I should take some new photos, and I couldn’t resist using a blood orange this time—they are so pretty.

I love cranberry and orange for Christmas, and if you add a little cinnamon and tequila, you’ve got something really festive. Cheers!

A Paleo Holiday Cocktail | Freckled Italian

Ingredients: (Makes two)

  • One cup of fresh cranberries

  • Three cups of water

  • Two teaspoons agave nectar or honey (You can use more or less, and I prefer honey)

  • One teaspoon cinnamon

  • Zest of one orange

  • 1/3 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice

  • 1/3 cup tequila


To make the cranberry syrup:

  1. In a saucepan, bring cranberries and water to a boil. Add agave or honey, orange zest, and cinnamon.

  2. Reduce to a medium-low heat and simmer for forty minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and strain.

  3. Let cool and store in a jar/container.

To assemble the cocktail:

  1. Sprinkle some salt on a plate and combine with a dash or two of cinnamon and a pinch of orange zest. (You could also add a little sugar—I had a margarita the other day with both sugar and salt on the rim and it was so good!)

  2. Cut orange in half and reserve one slice for a garnish. Moisten each glass with orange and place rim in salt plate.

  3. In a small pitcher or cocktail shaker, combine equal parts orange juice, cranberry syrup, and tequila (1/3 cup each). Stir or shake.

  4. Fill each glass with ice and pour cocktail. Garnish with an orange slice.

Cranberry-Orange Margaritas | Freckled Italian