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!
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.
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. 😉
It tastes like a tarter, more flavorful version of a traditional margarita.
Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.