This cranberry margarita recipe is a festive addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu, but is 100% delicious all year round!

Image of a beautiful cranberry margarita in a salt rimmed glass, garnished with a lime wedge, an orange wedge, and fresh cranberries.

We do a small-ish Thanksgiving; my parents, Ben’s parents, my sister and her family, and us of course. That comes out to 8 adults and 4 kids and it’s always a really relaxed and fun day.

Usually my mom comes over early and helps me cook a little (no surprise there, right?) and then everyone else comes and we snack on cheeseboards and appetizers, and sip on wine until the dinner is ready.

This year, I’m thinking we need to make these margaritas instead of wine for our appetizer hour. They’re fun, festive, and so delicious (maybe too delicious, actually…these are a little dangerous).

image of cranberry orange margaritas, shot from above

About this cranberry margarita recipe

We’re not totally reinventing the wheel here. This margarita still boasts the flavors you’d expect in a classic margarita: lime, orange, and tequila. 

The twist is the pretty red cranberry juice.  It’s festive, tangy, and oh-so-pretty. Make sure to top with a few fresh cranberries; the pops of dark red make this margarita extra pretty.  

The great thing about this margarita is that you can make it in advance if you want! Juice the oranges and limes, measure everything out, and keep it in your fridge. I’d recommend doing this the day before you plan to drink it (especially if you’re cooking a big meal). All that’s left to do then is rim your glasses in kosher salt and pour the margarita over some ice.

This cranberry margarita recipe is a festive addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu, but is 100% delicious all year round!

How to make this margarita your own:

This margarita is great just like the recipe is written, but you can make a few minor changes:

  • Don’t have cranberry juice? Try this with pomegranate juice instead.
  • Want it a little sweeter? Try adding just a touch of simple syrup.
  • This margarita is heavy on the orange because I love the way it complements the flavor of the cranberry juice, but you could do more even ratios of lime and orange if you want. If you go this route, you might want to also add a little agave since the orange juice adds a lot of natural sweetness. 
  • Like a frozen margarita? I haven’t tried it that way, but there’s no reason why it wouldn’t work to throw this in a blender with some ice and serve it that way.
  • Like some bubbles? Try topping this with club soda.

image of a cranberry margarita with orange and lime, garnished with fresh cranberries.

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This cranberry margarita recipe is a festive addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu, but is 100% delicious all year round!

Cranberry Margarita Recipe

Cranberry Margarita Recipe

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This cranberry margarita recipe is a festive addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu, but is 100% delicious all year round!

Ingredients

  • kosher salt for rimming glasses
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice (look for one that is 100% juice)
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • fresh cranberries and orange or lime wedges for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. If desired, rim glasses by dipping the top of the glass into juice and then kosher salt. 
  2. Stir cranberry juice, tequila, orange liqueur, orange juice, and lime juice together; serve over ice. Garnish with fresh cranberries or orange and lime wedges.

Notes

  • Want it a little sweeter? Try adding just a touch of simple syrup.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 204 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 20309mg Carbohydrates: 25g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 18g Protein: 1g
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Verdict: So refreshing and delicious! This one is a winner!
Husband’s take: Ummm….Ben actually hasn’t tried this recipe yet, but my mom loves it!
Changes I would make: None are necessary! But have fun with some of my ideas above if you want.
Difficulty: Very easy!