Photo: Andrea M. Gómez; Styling: Miranda Jones
Total Time
10 Mins
Serves 4 to 6

Who says margaritas are just for summer? Celebrate the holidays with this festive frozen drink featuring both cranberry juice cocktail and fresh cranberries. Reserve some of those fresh berries to make a simple garnish.

How to Make It

Step 1

Pour 1/4 cup cranberry juice into a shallow bowl. Pour 3 tbsp. sugar onto a plate. Dip rims of 4 to 6 widemouthed glasses (6 to 8 oz., suitable for margaritas) into juice, then sugar. Set glasses aside.

Step 2

Reserve 12 cranberries. In a blender, whirl the remaining cranberries, cranberry juice, and sugar, the lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and ice until smooth and slushy. If necessary, blend in 2 batches, then mix together. Divide among glasses and garnish with reserved berries, skewered on toothpicks.

Step 3

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ratings & Reviews

KathyinManvel's Review

January 14, 2012
Loved this drink. They have a wonderful strong, tart cranberry flavor, therefore, they are really complemented by the sugar on the rim. Also, they are a beautiful, rich red color, perfect for winter holidays but so good I plan to make them often. We used Triple sec liqueur.

CoolCatOC's Review

December 18, 2009
Just had these at a holiday gathering and they were great. I'm not a bit margarita fan (prefer martinis and wine) but these were great.

hotassa's Review

December 26, 2009
Excellent twist we added frozen strawberries to smooth out the sour just a bit.

noahchristopher's Review

December 13, 2009
followed directions but strained pulp from blender & skipped the garnish & sugared rim. ok but not terrific. needs some tweaking.

DJoyce's Review

November 13, 2010
This is my new favorite margarita! The only change I would make would be to put it in the freezer for about 15 minutes after blending, as I like the consistency better when it is slightly frozen.

So pretty and delicious

April 02, 2015
Fresh cranberries were hard to find in March but found frozen and thawed them.  Recipe is perfect and very enjoyable

Christmas lunch favorite

February 20, 2017
We have served this several times for holiday brunch and it is refreshing.