Cranberry Orange Margarita Recipe

This Cranberry Orange Margarita Recipe is the perfect cocktail for your holiday celebration or just a winter drink! Made with a cranberry-orange syrup, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, and silver tequila, this margarita has all the flavors of the season!

cranberry margarita with a sugared rim
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One of the best things about winter and holiday time is the produce that is in season. It makes the ingredients in this Cranberry Orange Margarita recipe easy to find during Thanksgiving and Christmas and any day in between.

I love Margaritas so making one from the cranberry-orange syrup that was created from making my Boozy Sugared Cranberries was a no-brainer. And if that wasn’t good enough, the Boozy Sugared Cranberries are the perfect garnish for this cocktail!

cranberry orange margaritas with cranberries and a shaker

Ingredients Needed for This Cranberry Orange Margarita Recipe

How to Make Orange Cranberry Margaritas

  1. Make the Boozy Sugared Cranberries and syrup ahead of time. This should be done a day in advance.
  2. Prepare a cocktail glass by dipping the rim in water or agave syrup and then rimming sugar. Add fresh ice and prepare cranberries on a garnish stick.
  3. Add all of the margarita ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, 20-30 seconds. Strain into the prepared glass and garnish with sugared cranberries. Cheers!

TIP: If you don’t want to make the syrup, you can also substitute 1 oz. cranberry juice and add an extra 1/2 oz of orange liqueur.

cranberry orange margarita with cranberries

How to Make Boozy Sugared Cranberries and the Syrup

  1. Place 1.5 cups of sugar, 1 cup of water, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, and 2 tsp. orange liqueur in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar completely dissolves but do not bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in 2 cups of cranberries. Place something heavy on top to keep the cranberries submerged.
  2. Once the mixture has cooled enough, cover with foil or plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 12 hours or overnight.
  3. Strain the cranberries through a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl. Once fully drained, place the syrup in a sealable bottle or container.
  4. Put the remaining sugar in a container with a lid. Put the cranberries in the container, put on the lid, and gently shake and turn to fully coat the cranberries with sugar. Place the cranberries on a piece of wax paper to dry for at least an hour.

Check out the post for Boozy Sugared Cranberries for the full recipe. There is also a way to make them non-boozy so that kids can enjoy them too!

boozy candied cranberries in a bowl

Other Rim Garnish Options

I just happened to have some Cranberry Rimming Sugar by Rokz, which I do recommend. However, if you don’t want to wait for this to arrive, here are a few more ideas. And if you don’t want a sugar or salt rim, skip it!

  • Colored crystal sprinkles
  • Fine sugar
  • Salt
  • Sugar and salt mix
  • The sugar that the Boozy Cranberries were rolled in that didn’t stick
glass prepped for cranberry orange margarita

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orange cranberry margarita with sugared cranberries

Cranberry Orange Margarita

This Cranberry Orange Margarita Recipe is the perfect cocktail for your holiday celebration or just a winter drink!
5 from 19 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 1800 coconut tequila, christmas cocktail, cocktail recipe, cranberry margarita, cranberry orange, cranberry orange syrup, grand marnier, holiday cocktail, holiday drink, margarita recipe, orange liqueur, silver tequila, thanksgiving cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • cocktail shaker
  • juicer
  • rimmer dish or small plate
  • measuring jigger
  • garnish stick

Ingredients

Cranberry Orange Margarita

  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • ½ oz orange liqueur (I used Grand Marnier)
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz cranberry orange syrup

Garnishes

  • cranberry rimming sugar (see post for other options)
  • sugared cranberries

Instructions

  • Prepare a cocktail glass by dipping the rim in water or agave syrup and then rimming sugar. Add fresh ice and prepare cranberries on a garnish stick.
    glass prepped for cranberry orange margarita
  • Add all of the margarita ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, 20-30 seconds. Strain into the prepared glass and garnish with sugared cranberries. Cheers!
    cranberry orange margarita with cranberries

Notes

  • If you don’t want to make the syrup, you can also substitute cranberry juice and add an extra 1/2 oz of orange liqueur.
cranberry margaritas with cranberry garnish
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