Elsie’s Orange Cranberry Margarita

Cranberry MargaritaI try to make a special cocktail for each season. I definitely have my go-to flavors, like cider drinks in the fall and winter. And cranberry! A couple years ago I made cranberry jello shots, and I decided to carry on the tradition this year with a cranberry margarita! 

The best way to make a flavored margarita mix is to cut the water from the traditional recipe and use fruit juice instead! 

Cranberry Margarita Orange Cranberry Margarita Mix

1/2 cup sugar
1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
1 cup lime juice (about 10 limes)
juice of three oranges

Squeeze the lime and orange juice into a bowl or measuring cup. Heat the cranberry juice and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.

AR5A8859I added some fresh cranberries cut in half, oranges and limes to my mix just to infuse a little more flavor. 

Let the mixture cool a bit before adding in the lime juice, mix together, and pour into a bottle. Refrigerate the mix for up to two weeks. 

To mix a margarita, just add a shot of silver tequila to a short glass filled with ice. Then top it off with the margarita mix. EASY as pie. I normally use triple sec too, but since this already has so much orange flavor, I didn't necessarily think it needed it. Oh- and you get bonus points if you take the time to do a salted rim and fun cranberry and orange garnishes! 

OK…Funny story time..

When I was making this the day before Friendsgiving, I left the house to run an errand while Emma was cooking. I left it simmering on the stove and when I got back, I worried that I had left it on too long, so I gave it a quick taste. EW! It tasted really weird. I thought maybe the sugar had burned. As I was dumping it out to start over, Emma saw me and said, "Oh! I added my extra vanilla beans to your stove simmer". Haha! I was like, "NO, Emma! This was supposed to be margarita mix." #fail

We laughed about it for the rest of the day! 

Don't worry, I made another batch. ;) 

Cranberry Margarita    By the way, this is one of the most crowd-pleasing drinks I've ever made! Everyone loved it and we ran out WAY too fast (next time I'll make a double recipe of the mix). 

It tastes like a tarter, more flavorful version of a traditional margarita. 

Cranberry Margarita      If you guys make this recipe, please tag your photos with #ABMhappyhour. It would make my heart SO happy! 

Cranberry Margarita     Cheers to new traditions, funny kitchen fails and seasonal flavors! Love you guys. xx- Elsie 

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions