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Spiced Cranberry Orange Margaritas

These spiced cranberry orange margaritas are refreshing, subtly spiced, and perfect for slow sipping during the holidays (or any time!).
Course Beverage, Cocktail
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword cinnamon, cranberries, fall, holidays, orange, tequila, winter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

SPICED CRANBERRY SYRUP

  • 1 cup cranberry cocktail NOT pure cranberry juice
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • ½ cup frozen or fresh cranberries

SPICED CRANBERRY ORANGE MARGARITAS

  • 3 oz silver tequila
  • 2 oz Cointreau
  • 3 oz cranberry cocktail
  • oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz Spiced Cranberry Syrup
  • ice

TO GARNISH

  • cinnamon sticks
  • frozen cranberries

Instructions

  • First, make the syrup. In a small saucepan, combine the cranberry cocktail, cane sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and cranberries. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a strong simmer, stirring often. Once the cane sugar has dissolved and the cranberries are popping and splitting, remove the syrup from the heat. Run the syrup through a fine mesh strainer and press on the cranberries to extract their juice. Let the syrup cool before bottling and storing in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • Make the spiced cranberry orange margaritas. In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, Cointreau, cranberry cocktail, lemon juice, orange juice, and cranberry syrup. Top it up with lots of ice. Place the lid on the cocktail shaker tight and shake vigorously, until the outside of the shaker has condensation and feels very cold.
  • Strain the spiced cranberry orange margaritas over two glasses filled with ice. Garnish the beverages with cinnamon sticks and a few frozen cranberries.

Notes

  • Other great uses for the spiced cranberry syrup: in a spiritz with ginger beer or sparkling water, as part of an apple cider cocktail with bourbon or rye, in a kombucha spritz over ice with either ginger kombucha or plain kombucha. The syrup keeps for 2 weeks in the fridge!
  • We rimmed our glasses with the chili lime salt by Old Salt Merchants. So good!
  • This is a strong drink! Just so you know ;)