Ready to Make The Best Holiday Cocktail?
You really can’t go wrong when serving these Festive Cranberry Margaritas at a holiday party. We’re talking about a tasty flavored margarita that is as delicious as it is gorgeous.
And why wouldn’t you want to serve up a cocktail that is perfectly decked out for the season? It is the perfect signature cocktail to headline your holiday party menu.
We used to do an annual holiday party with neighbors and friends when the kids were a lot smaller and all played together in the neighborhood. I’d typically spend a day planning a menu for what to serve, and then another day decorating and preparing food.
Cranberry Margarita is an Easy Cocktail Recipe
Having a holiday party is a lot of fun, but you don’t have to put quite so much work into it. Unless you want to.
One of the things I learned after preparing way to much food EVERY time I’d host a party is to keep it simple. And yes, that rule of thumb really does go far and apply to many things in life.
Easy appetizers are the perfect thing to serve at a holiday party. If you have a little more time, our Stuffed Mushrooms recipe is ALWAYS a huge hit. Pair that up with some sliced cheese and crackers and a fruit tray and you’re good to go.
Traditionally, margaritas are considered a warm weather drink, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this delicious and popular cocktail all year long!
This holiday-friendly version lends a festive twist with its bright splash of color and a fun, seasonal garnish.
One of the things we love about this margarita is that is is simplistic. Mildly sweet in flavor, you’ll want to sip this one slowly to savor the flavor.
Cranberry juice adds just the right amount of gorgeous color to this drink recipe that makes it perfect for holiday celebrations.
To make a cranberry sprig garnish, carefully thread 3 fresh cranberries onto tough rosemary stems. Set aside.
You’ve just made a gorgeous garnish fit for almost any holiday cocktail. Once you’ve made this beautiful garnish once, you’ll want to make it for all your holiday drinks.
It adds a super festive finishing touch.
Margarita glasses are best for serving any kind of margarita, so if you have some on hand, those are the glasses you should use.
If you don’t have special margarita glasses, any glass will work in a pinch.
Signature Cocktail Recipes
While it is always good to have a signature cocktail recipe–your party’s calling card–ready to go, don’t forget to have other drinks on hand as well.
Beer and a basic white and red wine are really all you need in addition to your signature cocktail ingredients. Unless you already have a stocked bar, there is no reason to go all out.
If your party includes kids, make sure to have a fun non-alcoholic drink ready for them as well. Our Raspberry Kiddie Mocktail Recipe is a favorite.
While our Festive Cranberry Margaritas are perfect for serving up around the holidays, you really can enjoy this delicious cocktail year round.
Festive Cranberry Margaritas
- 3 ounces tequila
- 2 ounces Cointreau or other orange liqueur
- 2 ounces cranberry juice
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- fresh rosemary sprigs bottom leaves removed, approximately 2-3” long
- fresh cranberries
- fresh lime wedges
- Fill cocktail shaker with ice and add tequila, Cointreau, and both juices. Shake well and strain into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and lime wedges, if desired. Serve immediately.