I’m pretty sure Margaritas may be my favorite cocktail.  Citrusy and refreshing.  I’ve had this version, with fresh cranberries and oranges, in my head forever. I finally got around to testing it this week and the results were better than I’d imagined. Even Lola begged for a taste.

Fresh Cranberry and Orange Margarita - made with fresh cranberries…so delicious! Cheers!

Yes, you can absolutely take a short-cut and use bottled cranberry and orange juice, but I personally think this is so worth the little bit of effort.  This method, using a simple syrup, adds a more concentrated flavor that you can adjust and play around with. The syrup can be made up to a week in advance, bottled up and ready when you need it. Perfect. And personally, I love that this syrup has less added sugar than traditional recipes and gives you the option of using natural sweeteners like honey or maple.

Fresh Cranberry and Orange Margarita - made with fresh cranberries…so delicious! Cheers!

I’d like to propose a toast…to you all. Wishing each and every one of you a healthy, happy holiday full of family and friends around your table. Laughter and peace. Love to you all. Cheers.

Fresh Cranberry and Orange Margarita - made with fresh cranberries…so delicious! Cheers!

 

 

Fresh Cranberry Orange Margarita
Serves: 4 cocktails
 
Ingredients
  • Cranberry Orange Simple Syrup:
  • 1½ cups fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup honey, pure maple syrup or granulated sugar
  • 1 or 2 orange slices
  • 1 cinnamon stick about 2 inches long
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • Single Margarita:
  • 2 ounces white tequila
  • ½ ounce triple sec
  • 2 ounces cranberry orange simple syrup
  • fresh lime juice as needed
  • Pitcher of Margaritas:
  • 8 ounces tequila
  • 4 ounces triple sec
  • 8 ounces cranberry orange simple syrup
  • fresh lime juice as needed
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, over high heat, bring the cranberries, orange juice, water, your choice of sweetener, orange slices and cinnamon stick to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, using a spoon to push the syrup and juices from the cranberries through. Discard the berries, orange slice and cinnamon stick. Allow the syrup to cool, then add the lime juice and mix to combine.
  3. To make a single cocktail, combine the tequila, triple sec and cranberry orange simple syrup in a glass rimmed with either coarse salt or sugar* over ice. Stir to combine. Add additional fresh lime juice to taste.
  4. To make a pitcher of margaritas, combine the tequila, triple sec and cranberry orange simple syrup in a glass pitcher. Serve over ice in glasses rimmed with either coarse salt or sugar* and add additional lime juice to taste.
  5. *To rim the glass with salt or sugar, just run a lime or orange around the rim of the glass, them immediately dip the rim into the salt or sugar in a flat dish.
Notes
The syrup will be thick and jammy. This is normal. It will blend in perfectly once mixed.

Fresh Cranberry and Orange Margarita - made with fresh cranberries…so delicious! Cheers!

 

More Holiday Cocktails to Love…

Rosemary Infused Citrus and Cranberry Holiday Cocktail from Fork Knife Swoon

Cranberry Thyme Gin and Tonic from A Cozy Kitchen

Mulled Wine from Gimme Some Oven