In this cranberry orange margarita, tart cranberry and bright orange citrus flavors put a seasonal spin on the classic margarita. It’s a refreshing cocktail you can serve any time of year, but a fresh cranberry garnish adds a festive touch for autumn and winter holiday celebrations. It’s a cranberry margarita Christmas cocktail you’re sure to enjoy throughout the holiday season!
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Which Tequila Should You Use For This Orange Cranberry Margarita Recipe?
Typically, silver or blanco tequila is used in margaritas because it isn’t aged long after distilling. Therefore, it has a pure flavor that mixes well with other flavorings. However, for these cranberry orange margaritas, I recommend using Lobos 1707 Tequila, Joven, now available at Meijer stores and to order online. You can click here to find where Lobos 1707 Tequila, Joven is available near you.
With notes of agave and balsamic and hints of tobacco on the nose, it has a more mature flavor profile than you might expect from a silver or blanco tequila. Yet the Lobos 1707 Tequila, Joven pairs nicely with citrus for a balanced cocktail. You might also want to try it in a Paloma or a unique-flavored margarita.
Additionally, all of the Lobos 1707 Tequilas are free of additives and made from 100% Blue Weber agave plants grown in Los Altos de Jalisco, one of Mexico’s top tequila-producing regions. There, the nutrient-rich soil and mild climate with moderate rainfall create a terroir that produces premium tequilas.
Also, at Lobos 1707, the Blue Weber agave is harvested by skilled jimadors, who learned their craft from generations past. Then the agave is slowly cooked to extract its liquid, which is then fermented and twice distilled. The result is a pure blanco tequila finished using the solera method in Andalusian wine barrels. In fact, Lobos 1707 Tequila uses Pedro Ximenez barrels for all of its aged spirits.
In addition to the Joven, Lobos 1707 also has Reposado and Extra Anejo tequilas and a Mezcal.
Cranberry Orange Margarita Recipe Ingredients
- Lobos 1707 Tequila, Joven — As I mentioned, this premium tequila pairs well with citrus. Therefore, it is a fantastic base when creating the best cranberry margarita recipe. You can now find this once-best-kept-secret at Meijer stores or click here to find where to buy it near you!
- Orange liqueur — I used Cointreau for this cranberry margarita cocktail recipe, but you can substitute it for your favorite orange liqueur. For a local Midwest spin, try New Holland Clockwork Orange made in Michigan!
- Cranberry juice — A vital component in this cranberry juice margarita!
- Limes — This recipe takes the juice of one or two limes per cocktail. Plus, you’ll use a lime wedge when preparing the salt rim.
- Freshly-squeezed orange juice —I recommend using a manual citrus juicer to squeeze your own juice from a navel orange, but you can substitute it with pulp-free orange juice.
- Ice — You’ll want large, dense ice cubes for preparing this margarita in a cocktail shaker. I also recommend saving additional ice for serving.
- Kosher salt for rim (Optional)
- Fresh cranberries for garnish (Optional)
- Orange slices for garnish (Optional)
Easy Cranberry Margarita Step-By-Step Instructions
To make this cranberry Christmas margarita, you’ll first want to create a salt rim on each cocktail glass. To do so, cut a slit into a lime wedge and run it around the edge of the cocktail glass. Then either dip the glass rim-side down into a shallow bowl or a small plate of salt. I find it’s best to then use the back of a small spoon or your finger to push the salt up against the glass.
Next, to make a single margarita, pour the tequila, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime and orange juices into a cocktail shaker over ice. Then seal the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until you see a fine sheet of ice shards along the top.
Using a strainer, pour the margarita into a cocktail glass and garnish with an orange slice and fresh cranberries.
If you are making a large batch of these easy cranberry margaritas, pour the tequila, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed citrus juices into a pitcher and stir until well combined. I don’t recommend placing ice into the pitcher since this may dilute your margaritas too much. Instead, place the pitcher in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill and/or serve over ice.
More Cocktail Recipes To Try
I’ve rounded up more than 70 flavored margarita recipes for your next margarita night or Taco Tuesday dinner! Additionally, you’ll find even more simple tequila and mezcal cocktail recipes from Lobos 1707.
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- 1 Lime wedge per cocktail glass
- Kosher salt (enough to fill a small plate or shallow bowl)
- 2 oz Lobos 1707 Tequila, Joven
- 1 oz Orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
- 2 oz Cranberry juice
- 3/4 oz Lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/4 oz Orange juice, preferably freshly squeezed
- 1 cup Lobos 1707 Tequila, Joven
- 1/2 cup Orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
- 1 cup Cranberry juice
- 3 oz Lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 oz Orange juice, preferably freshly squeezed
- Orange slice, one per cocktail
- Fresh cranberries, floating in margarita or placed on a cocktail pick
- First, make your salt rim. Pour Kosher salt onto a small plate or into a shallow bowl and cut a slit into a lime wedge. Then run the lime wedge around the edge of the cocktail glass and dip the glass rim-side down into the salt. Use the back side of a spoon to push the salt against the glass, and twist up like a cookie cutter.
- Next, if making a single cocktail, place ice into a cocktail shaker and then pour in the tequila, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, lime juice, and orange juice. Seal the shaker and shake vigorously until you see a thin sheet of ice shards across the top of the cocktail.
- Strain the cocktail as you pour it into a cocktail glass (over fresh ice, if desired).
- Garnish with an orange slice and fresh cranberries.
- If making a pitcher of margaritas, combine ingredients in a pitcher and stir until well mixed. Chill in refrigerator for about 30 minutes and/or serve over ice. Garnish as desired.
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Ooooh this is such a perfect cocktail for the holidays! I’m always looking for new tequila recs, too – excited to try this new-to-me brand! Also really appreciate that you have instructions for small and large quantities – I’m always trying to scale my favorite drinks up for holiday events and this makes it super simple.
I love me a marg, and this will be perfect for our near-holiday Taco Tuesday celebrations! Thanks for a festive spin on a favorite!
Hi Erin! I love this drink! Cabo is calling! Thanks for sharing!
This looks like a fantastic margarita! Cranberries are so perfect for the holiday season so I’m looking forward to making one of these 🙂
This is such a fun cocktail idea for the holidays! I love how well the cranberry and orange flavors pair together!