Easy Winter Cranberry Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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This easy winter cranberry margarita cocktail recipe is the perfect festive holiday cocktail for this holiday season.

It’s got a punch of tequila balanced with sweet cranberry juice. It’s strong, but delicious!

This would be a perfect batch cocktail in a pitcher for the holidays.

Margarita Time, Year Round

I love margaritas. Is there anything better on a very hot summer day than an ice cold marg on the rocks?

I think not. Especially when tacos are involved!

But since we’re in the middle of winter, I wanted to put a twist on a margarita to make it more festive for the holidays.

This margarita is just SO good.

I love cranberries, and the addition of cranberry juice gives this margarita a show-stopping color and delicious flavor.

Garnish with fresh cranberries, rosemary, or thyme, and you’ve got a delicious festive holiday cocktail.

Cocktail Presentation

I just LOVE a beautifully presented cocktail, and this one is a showstopper.

To get that dramatically beautiful cocktail look, you’ll need three things:

  1. A Beautiful Cocktail Glass
    • Beautiful cocktail glasses are lovely to look at and I swear they make the cocktail taste better! Check out these beautiful glasses on Amazon.
  2. Good Ice
    • Good ice in a cocktail is key. I love using oversized ice cubes in this cocktail. The ice melts slower and it looks beautiful in the cocktail. Checkout these ice molds on Amazon here.
  3. A Cocktail Torch
    • One of my favorite kitchen tools is my cocktail brûlée torch. You can use this for dessert or cocktails! I love torching thyme or rosemary garnishes for a smoky finish to the drink. You can grab a cocktail torch on Amazon – I love this one!

Other Delicious Cocktails

Looking for other cocktail ideas? Check out these cocktail recipes below for more inspiration!

Spiced Hot Toddy Recipe – This delicious hot toddy recipe is the perfect recipe for a chilly winter day! It has a twist on a traditional toddy with the addition of ginger, vanilla, and star anise.

Cranberry Mulled Wine – Mulled wine is a perfect batch cocktail for the holidays. You can make a big batch of this right before family arrives and you’re all set for the evening!

Cinnamon Spiced Manhattan – If you love manhattans as much as I do, you will absolutely love this cinnamon spiced one. It’s the perfect drink to warm you up this winter!

Easy Winter Cranberry Margarita Cocktail Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 shots tequila 
  • 3/4 oz Cointreau 
  • Juice of one lime 
  • 1 oz cranberry juice 
  • Fresh cranberries, for garnish
  • Lime slices, for garnish
  • Fresh thyme or rosemary, for garnish

Combine tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well.

Pour margarita in a cocktail glass and garnish with cranberries, lime, and thyme or rosemary.


  1. This looks delicious! I can’t wait til we can have friends over again to try it!

  2. This is perfect for the holidays! So delish!

  3. What a beautiful, festive winter drink! I agree, it’s always margarita season around here, and the use of cranberries just makes it divine

  4. What a gorgeous cocktail! Loved the color the addition of cranberry juice imparts! Truly festive!

  5. Ooh yum! This looks like the perfect festive cocktail! Can’t wait to try 🙂

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