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Cranberry Margarita (Christmas Margarita)

By: Brandi Schilhab
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 mins
Servings: 2 - 8 servings
Cranberry juice, tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and agave nectar combine to make the most delicious, festive cranberry margarita!


  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup of tequila
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar optional, for a sweeter margarita
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar for serving (optional)
  • 6 cranberries fresh or frozen, for serving (optional)
  • star anise for serving (optional)


  • Mix the cranberry juice, tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, and agave (if using) together, and taste for sweetness. If needed, add more agave.
  • Pour the white sugar onto a small rimmed plate. Then, roll in the cranberries in the sugar, tap off the excess, and skewer them (in sets of 3) on toothpicks.
  • Fill each glass with ice and pour in the margarita. Garnish with the optional sugar-coated fresh cranberries and star anise, serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you're rolling fresh cranberries in sugar, roll them in a honey/water mixture first so that the sugar sticks on. Slightly thawed frozen cranberries should hold onto the sugar on their own.
For 1 serving:
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup of tequila
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar (optional, for a sweeter margarita)
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, for serving (optional)
  • 3 cranberries, fresh or frozen, for serving (optional)
  • star anise, for serving (optional)
For a pitcher (8 servings):
  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 4 cups of tequila
  • 2 cups Grand Marnier
  • 2 cups fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon agave nectar (optional, for a sweeter margarita)
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, for serving (optional)
  • 24 cranberries, fresh or frozen, for serving (optional)
  • star anise, for serving (optional)