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Cranberry Margarita

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A sweet and tangy cranberry margarita made with cranberry juice and fresh lime juice. Learn to make this seasonal cocktail using our recipe.

Creating cocktails is a labor of love in our household. We’ve been making drinks together for almost 2 decades.

Kim and I enjoy mixing different kinds of juices and alcohols to make new creations. Best of all, we get to share them with you.

Today’s concoction is our cranberry margarita recipe. If you’ve never had one before, it’s similar to a regular margarita, but with a cranberry twist.

A top-down view of two cranberry margarita cocktails.
Fresh cranberries, lime, and salt are awesome garnishes.

Just like our cranberry mojitos, Kim used fresh lime juice to create a brisk, refreshing drink.

You can’t go wrong with this one. Her recipe makes 4 tangy cocktails, so there’s more than enough to share.

So, shall we get started?

Two seasonal cocktails on a serving tray.
The recipe creates cocktails for a crowd!

How to make a cranberry margarita?

First, grab a large pitcher and long spoon. After that pour 16-ounces of cranberry juice into the pitcher.

Cranberry juice being added to a large glass pitcher.
Use whatever brand of cranberry juice you want.

Next, pour in 8-ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice. Then, measure out 8-ounces of tequila.

Pour the tequila into the pitcher as well. Afterward, measure out 4-ounces of triple sec and add it to the pitcher.

Lime juice being poured into a pitcher of cranberry juice.
When making cocktails, it’s always better to use fresh lime juice over concentrates.

Last, use your spoon to stir the cocktail. All that’s left to do is prep the glasses and serve.

To garnish your cocktails, run lime juice over the rim of each glass. Dip the rim into course bartender’s salt.

Tequila being added to the pitcher of juice.
Remember, for the best drinks, use the highest quality liquor you can afford.

Place a handful of ice into each glass, add a slice or wedge of lime, and a few fresh cranberries.

Top off the glasses with the cranberry margarita and enjoy. That’s it, your recipe is done.

Kim and I hope you enjoy them responsibly and we wish you all the best 🙂

Glass rimmed with juice juice being dipped into a salt.
For our drinks, we use course or flavored rimming salts.

Recipe Tips and FAQ’s:

  • Whenever Kim and I make fruity cocktails, we try to use fresh fruit juices. For example, in this recipe we used fresh lime juice. Now, you could use a concentrate, but I don’t recommend it. Because, you’ll have to adjust the amount of lime juice in the drink. Which, in turn, affects the overall flavor.
  • The garnishes in the recipe are optional. But, using them will create a much more appealing cocktail.
  • If you don’t have a cocktail stirring tool, then use a whisk. If you don’t have a juicer, then slice the limes in half and use your hands. Just be sure to strain the juice before adding it to the pitcher.

What kind of alcohol is Margarita?

Usually, the alcohol(s) used in margaritas are tequila and triple sec. Occasionally, Cointreau is used in place of triple sec. However, it’s more expensive, so if you go that route be prepared to spend more money.

What’s better in a margarita Cointreau or triple sec?

That depends on two factors, your personal tastes and your wallet. If you enjoy smooth cocktails, then order it with Cointreau. But, if you’re like me and enjoy a drink with a bite, then use the triple sec. Besides, triple sec is usually the more cost-effect choice.

Is triple sec necessary for margaritas?

Technically, yes, triple sec (or Cointreau) is needed to make a margarita. Otherwise, the cocktail you’ve prepared is not a margarita, regardless of how it tastes.

Cranberry margaritas in glasses garnished with fresh cranberries.
Cranberries are only in season for a short time, don’t miss out in this tangy cocktail.
Cranberry margaritas in glasses garnished with fresh cranberries.

Cranberry Margarita

Yield: 36 Ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A sweet and tangy cranberry margarita made with cranberry juice and fresh lime juice. Learn to make this seasonal cocktail using our recipe.


For the Drink:

  • 16 Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 8 Ounces Fresh Lime Juice
  • 8 Ounces Tequila
  • 4 Ounces Triple Sec

To Serve:

  • Ice
  • Lime Slices and Wedges
  • Coarse Salt for the Rim
  • Fresh Cranberries


In a large pitcher, combine the cranberry juice, lime juice, tequila, and triple sec.

Run lime wedges around the rims of four glasses, then dip the rims into coarse salt. Fill the glasses with ice, and pour the margaritas equally into each glass.

Garnish with lime slices and fresh cranberries. Enjoy chilled.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of one (1) 9-ounce cranberry margarita. Actual calories will vary. For more information and tips, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 9-Ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 156mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 1g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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