These delicious Mistletoe Cranberry Margaritas are just the thing to spice up your holiday party or girls night. Add sugared cranberries and fresh mint leaves with a frosty rimmed glass for a wintery refreshment.
Made with cranberry juice, silver tequila, triple sec, and lime juice for a frozen margarita that is perfect as an icy, festive drink for the holidays.
Mistletoe Margarita Demonstration:
This recipe makes a large batch of Mistletoe Margaritas making it a great choice for Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings or group events.
We made these Cranberry Margaritas for the first time at one of our holiday poker parties. My friend Julie sent the recipe and special requested this particular margarita recipe. Everyone enjoyed the icy refreshment and the festive presentation.
It was a breeze to make these frozen beauties in my cherry red Kitchen Aid Blender. We had a group of 20 and it was a snap to prepare the drinks for that size of crowd.
What is the difference between a Margarita and a Frozen Margarita?
Frozen Margaritas are blended into an icy slushy with a thick texture. Margaritas on the rocks are simply poured over ice. While this drink could be served both ways, it is definitely a stand out when served as a Frozen Margarita.
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Are Frozen Margaritas more alcoholic?
The type of alcohol used is the biggest factor for the alcoholic content of the margarita. Triple Sec contains fewer calories and less alcohol than other types of orange liqueur however, when paired with tequila the alcohol content quickly climbs.
As a general rule, Frozen Margaritas do usually contain more alcohol and calories than non-frozen Margaritas. This is largely due to the difference in dispersement when the ice is blended as opposed to being left in cubes.
What is the best Tequila to use for Margaritas?
Reposado or blanco are the two types of tequilas used for margaritas. Silver tequila is what we used, it is a blanco tequila. Silver tequila is the best choice for margaritas because it is bottled right after distillation giving it a stronger, purer taste and a crystal clear color.
How to prepare Mistletoe Margaritas
These Mistletoe Margaritas come together in 5 minutes and create festive, beautiful statement drinks that are perfect for winter gatherings and Christmas parties.
How to do a sugar salted rimmed glass
- Use lime wedges to wet the lip of your chilled glasses.
- Flip your prepared glass upside down in your salt sugar and twist until the glass edge gets a frosty look.
How to make sugared cranberries
- Roll the fresh cranberries in lime juice
- Drain off the lime juice and sprinkle sugar on top of the berries until the get the ‘snowy cranberries’ look
Garnishing Mistletoe Margaritas
- Add two fresh mint leaves
- Drop sugared cranberries on top
6oz whiskey glasses are perfect for this recipe. You can also serve in a traditional margarita glass for a statement drink that creates a beautiful presence.
The single serving recipe works perfectly for one 12 oz. margarita glass.
For the party we used the pitcher recipe and 12 oz. margarita glasses. It filled about 6 margarita glasses per pitcher.
Proportions for a Pitcher
- 2 Cups Cranberry Juice
- 12 oz Silver Tequila
- 8 oz Triple Sec
- 3/4 Cup Lime Juice
- 6 Cups of Ice
Printable recipe card for a single Mistletoe Margarita
Cranberry Margarita Recipe-single
These delicious Mistletoe Cranberry Margaritas are just the thing to spice up any party or girls night! They are very easy to decorate. Make them adorable with sugared cranberries, a frosty salt sugar rim and a fresh mint leaf for holiday color. These taste amazing.
- 1/3 Cup cranberry juice
- 2 oz. silver tequila
- 1/2 oz. triple sec
- 1/2 oz. lime juice
- 1 cup cubed ice (more as needed)
- Combine ice, tequila, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice in blender.
- blend until smooth.
- Add more ice if necessary to your desired consistency.
- Pour the margarita mixture into the rimmed glass and top with fresh sugared cranberries and mint leaves. (recipe for garnishes in notes section)
- Chill the glasses 30 minutes in the fridge before decorating the rim, this will help the sugar and salt stick better.
- Rim the glass and set aside before making the margarita.
- Sugar the cranberries last(recipe below). The sugar tends to dissolve on the cranberries if left out too long before garnishing which means you won't get the cute snowy effect.
- Feel free to add more cranberry juice if you like a nice red margarita.
To rim the glass:
2 tbsp. kosher salt
1 lime (used for rimming glasses)
- Rim the glasses first by taking chilled glasses and rubbing the slice of lime over the rim.
- Mix together sugar and salt on a flat plate.
- Turn the glass over and press the wet rim into the sugar and salt.
- Set glass aside to dry
For the sugared cranberries:
1/2 c. whole cranberries
1/4 c. granulated sugar, divided
- Make sugared cranberries by putting 1/4 cup lime juice in a bowl and putting the fresh cranberries in it. Roll the cranberries around until the are covered in lime juice.
- Drain out lime juice and sprinkle sugar on top of cranberries until they are liberally coated.
- Use as garnish as desired.
Proportion of ingredients for a full pitcher- about 5 servings:
2 cups cranberry juice
12 oz silver tequila
8 oz triple sec
3/4 cup lime juice, divided
6 c ice
Serving Sizeone margarita
Amount Per Serving Calories 303Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2336mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 1gSugar 27gProtein 1g
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Wednesday 15th of December 2021
Could these be made up before hand and put in mason jars to be kept frozen until needed?
Wednesday 15th of December 2021
Hi Terry! I've never tried to freeze them before, I'm a little concerned that the alcohol would make them melt in your freezer.
Thursday 31st of December 2020
Not sure why recipe says “lime juice, divided” when there isn’t further instructions as to why it’s being divided.
Thursday 31st of December 2020
Hi Barbera! Thank you for pointing that out, that was an error in the writing. I fixed it! The confusion was the 1/4 cup of lime juice needed to make the sugared cranberry garnish, but that should be separate from the recipe.