Elsie’s Orange Cranberry Margarita

Cranberry Margarita
I 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

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

  • Just made this! Sooo delicious! Great as a little mocktail with lime la croix too.

  • Looks really tasty!!! Those glasses are pulling me in! Who makes them if you don’t mind?

  • I made this for our Friendsgiving this weekend, and it was amazing! Everyone loved it and kept commenting on how great it was! Thanks!!!

  • My husband doesn’t drink and I’m making a virgin version of this mixed with lime la croix.

  • by the way! So this mix is really sweet for my taste, but I love it. So I cut it with some lime flavored la croix and it is perfect!!! If anyone wants less sweet, this is a perfect fix and it adds a little crisp bite with some sparkling water.

  • I made this for a small get together tomorrow, but I made TOO much (I tripled the recipe:/, why I don’t know, I thought I’d need more) I know it can keep for up to two weeks but I’m not a huge drinker and my husband doesn’t drink at all. It is possible to freeze this? Like a concentrate? I don’t know, I’m trying to figure out how to save it. Maybe just have more people over!

  • Making a mental note for this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Oh my gosh this looks so good!! Was gifted cranberry juice from a cranberry farmer yesterday. I know what I’m using it for now!!!

    ♥ Heather

  • Healthy and delicious, perfect for Christmas!


  • Elsie, this sounds amazing! I love all of your cocktail creations, keep ’em coming!

  • This sounds delicious! My mom and I would love it! I love your head wreath!

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

  • I’m having my Friendgiving next weekend and am adding these to the drink menu! I love a themed cocktail!

  • Margaritas don’t make a great mocktail because without the Tequila they just taste like sugar (like a way too sweet limeade?) But I have a post with some of my favorite mocktails and suggestions for making drinks virgin here- https://abeautifulmess.com/2014/05/lets-make-mocktails-.html
    xx. Elsie

  • Haha! Yeah- I get that. Even here in Tennessee it’s jacket weather at best!

    Also! Are peppermint Mochas already out? omg.

    xx- Elsie

  • This sounds delicious! I love holiday cocktails, and it’s always fun to find recipes that work well in a warm climate! I live in Houston, and couldn’t bring myself to order a peppermint mocha this morning because it was 75 degrees already…

  • Yum! I got married in December (4 years ago) and one of our “signature cocktails” for the wedding was a pomegranate-raspberry margarita. My brothers-in-law mixed a giant batch that day, so all the bartender had to do was pour. They were a hit!

  • This sounds delicious! But should lemon juice in the first part of the recipe be orange juice? Can’t wait to try it!

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