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 an orange cranberry margarita!
Related: Homemade Margarita Mix
The best way to make a flavored margarita mix is to cut the water from my homemade margarita mix recipe and use fruit juice instead.
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.
I 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!
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.
Cheers to new traditions and seasonal flavors! Love you guys. xx- Elsie
PS. Check out The Best Christmas Cocktails and 40 Fun Cocktails to Make at Home for more ideas!
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- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
- 1 cup lime juice (about 10 limes)
- juice of three oranges
- fresh cranberries (for garnish)
- 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.I 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.
Just made this! Sooo delicious! Great as a little mocktail with lime la croix too.
Hi, could I use Gin instead of Tequila?
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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This looks so refreshing!
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!!!
Elsie, this sounds amazing! I love all of your cocktail creations, keep ’em coming!
Healthy and delicious, perfect for Christmas!
That’s a cool recipe, thank you for sharing!
This sounds delicious! My mom and I would love it! I love your head wreath!
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I’m having my Friendgiving next weekend and am adding these to the drink menu! I love a themed cocktail!
Awe! So special!!
Haha! Yeah- I get that. Even here in Tennessee it’s jacket weather at best!
Also! Are peppermint Mochas already out? omg.
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
I’m not a drinker, so what would you recommend to make this virgin?
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