Nothing says “Feliz Navidad” Like Cranberry Margaritas

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When you think of Christmas cocktails, you probably think of spiked hot chocolate, moscow mules or practically anything involving Rum Chata. I’m here to flip the script on everything you think you know about what to sip this season.

Warm up with a little south of the border flavor this Christmas and share a few “feliz navidad”s with your friends and family as you down these Cranberry Orange Margaritas.

Watch this video or follow the instructions below.


  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 cups of fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) silver tequila
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) cranberry juice (not cranberry cocktail)
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) orange juice
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) orange liquor
  • 3/4 cups fresh lime juice
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar or to taste (OPTIONAL)* or use sugared cranberries
  • salt, for the rim
  • sparkling water, to top the drinks with (OPTIONAL)
  • lime + orange slices, for serving


Sugared Cranberries

Bring 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar to a boil until the sugar is dissolved, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Stir in the cranberries and let the cranberries sit in the sugar water for 1-2 hour or over night.

Strain the cranberries thoroughly, then add them to a parchment lined cookie sheet with sides. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and gently toss until all the cranberries are coated in sugar. Allow the cranberries to dry, in a single layer for at least one hour.

Big Batch Margarita

Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and stir to combine. Keep chilled in the fridge until ready to serve. When ready to serve, salt the rims of 4-6 glasses. Add ice to each glass and pour the margaritas over the ice. Top off with sparkling water if desired. Add the sugared cranberries and a lime wedge.

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Merry Christmas to all and to all a drunk night!

Images and recipe via Half Baked Harvest.

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