Cranberry Margarita

Photo: Emily Kate Roemer
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins

Cranberry simple syrup gives this frozen cocktail a festive crimson hue -- perfect for the holidays!


For the Whole-Berry Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 8 ounces frozen cranberries (2 cups)

  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest

For the cocktail

  • 1 cup tequila

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice


  1. Make the Whole-Berry Cranberry Simple Syrup: Stir together sugar, cranberries, lime zest and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high, stirring constantly, until cranberries just start to burst, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool completely. Refrigerate, covered, until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 1 week.

  2. Make the cocktail: In a blender, combine tequila, lime juice, 4 cups ice, and 1 1/2 cups cranberries and syrup from Whole Berry Cranberry Simple Syrup. Blend until smooth. Divide among 4 margarita glasses.

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