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!
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:
In a saucepan, bring cranberries and water to a boil. Add agave or honey, orange zest, and cinnamon.
Reduce to a medium-low heat and simmer for forty minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and strain.
Let cool and store in a jar/container.
To assemble the cocktail:
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!)
Cut orange in half and reserve one slice for a garnish. Moisten each glass with orange and place rim in salt plate.
In a small pitcher or cocktail shaker, combine equal parts orange juice, cranberry syrup, and tequila (1/3 cup each). Stir or shake.
Fill each glass with ice and pour cocktail. Garnish with an orange slice.