Cranberry Margarita

Autumn is a blur, especially when you live in a city that embraces and celebrates Halloween for the entire month of October…and you have 3 kids and all the extracurriculars that go along with that.  This means I have a stack of recipes, with some successful trials I have been meaning to share. There is certainly no better time to share than now, with a few days until Thanksgiving.

Tequila probably isn’t the first liquor that you think of for the holiday season.  But, when I started my experiments for fall, I had so many fond memories of my Apple Cider Margarita that I knew it I needed to try it with cranberry.  This recipe is so simple to make, either as single cocktails or in a batch to serve at a gathering.

Cranberry Margarita

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: Gimme Some Oven and Simply Whisked


  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • 6 oz cranberry juice (I prefer Ocean Spray 100% juice, no sugar added)


  1. Rim a cocktail or margarita glass with salt.
  2. Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Shake and strain into a cocktail or margarita glass.


A quick note about the salt rim – in my research, I have found that there are different, and typically strong, thoughts on this ”tradition”.  Many are accustomed to a margarita with a fully salted rim and wouldn’t imagine serving or drinking a real margarita any other way. Traditional or not, some find this amount of salt overwhelming.  While I have not seen the salt completely omitted, I have seen some recipes suggest putting a pinch of salt directly on top of the cocktail or only partially-rimming the glass. As I find a full mouth of salt crystals a bit of a turn-off when taking my first sip of a margarita, I prefer the partial-rim.  With this preparation, I am still able to get a small taste of salt with each sip of the entire drink.

Now, onto the drink.  As I said earlier, I really do love the Apple Cider Margarita – it has a nice, natural amount of sweetness and perfect to serve this time of year.  The Cranberry Margarita, is delightfully similar with such a nice, natural sweetness. The biggest difference is the tartness of the cranberry, which combines brilliantly with tequila.  The partially salt-rimmed glass finishes each sip fantastically. It probably isn’t fair to compare this cocktail to a Sour Patch Kid…but perhaps if we were to consider if that “kid” matured into a delicious adult beverage.  Either way, I didn’t get any complaints when I served this to friends on Halloween night…and I suspect you will enjoy it too!



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