It’s the most wonderful time of the year ….
The perfect time of the year to make special adult beverages!
We’ve been trying to reduce our expenses on food and booze as well as trying to clear out all the excess stuff we have sitting around. We used to have a TON of booze on the bar and have been whittling away at it, and some things have just gotten tossed as we aren’t sure WHAT the purpose was!
But tequila is abundant around here. Uhm, I used to have 6+ bottles and now, I’m down to 2 small bottles of Patron, 1 bottle of the skullhead stuff (very very special, don’t touch that!) and a bottle tucked in the back of the cabinet. Ahem, friends, I am now open to gifts of tequila again! 🍸
So, it’s holiday time and well, I DO have those 3 bottles of tequila (no, don’t count the skullhead dude, he’s special!) … and a bottle or two of cranberry juice is usually floating around. Most of the time I even have the limes and Cointreau … because, heck, if you drink tequila, you gotta have those last 2 items!
I made these the first time for Thanksgiving last year and enjoyed them on and off for the rest of the holiday season … thanks to the lovely Ali over at Gimme Some Oven I’ve got myself covered for cocktails on Christmas again!
I wanted to make a big batch to serve up to my fellow Tequila Friends so here’s how I made them:
3 cups of cranberry juice. I used the 100% juice, not the cocktail blend. THEN I discovered I could make my own cranberry juice! That may be shared at a later date! *Note, I am NOW making these with the cocktail blend and find them a little sweeter so IF you are not a fan of tart, stick with the blend 😉
1 1/2 cups of lime juice … thrilled that I have a juicer BUT you can (if you must) use bottled
1 1/2 cups tequila. I prefer silver (clear)
1 cup Cointreau. If you wish to make these a little less expensive, you can swap out for triple sec
Salt for rim of glass (or sugar if you prefer)
Add all liquids to a large glass pitcher, stir well and let the party get started in the fridge for a little while before YOU start the real party!
When ready to enjoy, give a quick stir, rub the rim of your glass with a lime wedge, dip in salt (or sugar), carefully add ice and then fill with your Holiday Cranberry Margarita …
To be even prettier, go ahead and garnish with some fresh cranberries … these are going on sale NOW due to Thanksgiving so start grabbing bags when you see them on sale!