Spiced Cranberry Margarita

by Tracey

This spiced cranberry margarita is my come-back to the food blog world! That’s right; I took a hiatus from Eat. Love. Namaste. to work on my children’s books and other cool things.  I am happy to be back, though, because I made some delicious recipes during my almost 2 years break (yikes) and cannot wait to share them here with all of you! To celebrate, I wanted to share my simple and flavorful spiced cranberry margarita! It’s quick, easy, tasty, and perfect for toasting during the holidays! Or, any happy hour, really…Cheers!

With the holidays right around the corner, cranberries were on my mind, so instead of making plain old simple syrup for margaritas, I decided to throw some fresh cranberries and spices into the saucepan.  When the water starts to boil, the cranberries break down, and their juices emerge into the sugar water. To spice it up a little, I threw in some cinnamon sticks, ginger, and orange peels.  After about 5 minutes or so, we have ourselves some perfectly spiced and juicy simple syrup.

If you are not a Tequila and Cointreau fan, the simple syrup will pair nicely with Vodka and soda water! It’s that good!! If you are a margarita lover like me, then you will love this Spiced Cranberry Margarita! It’s quick to make, simple ingredients, holiday-inspired, and super delicious!  We love to use our scotch glasses like these but feel free to use regular margarita glasses. Cheers friends! 

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Spiced Cranberry Margarita

  • Author: Tracey Gene
  • Prep Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink and a batch of simple syrup 1x
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This Spiced Cranberry Margarita is quick, easy, tasty, and perfect for toasting during the holidays! Or, any happy hour, really…Cheers!



Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup:

  1. 1 cup of filtered water
  2. 1 cup of sugar (cane or turbinado)
  3. 1 cup of fresh cranberries
  4. 4 cinnamon sticks
  5. 4 tablespoons fresh ginger
  6. peel of 1 orange

Spiced Cranberry Margarita:

  1. 2 ounces tequila (such as Patron)
  2. 2 ounces Cointreau
  3. 2 ounces spiced cranberry simple syrup
  4. 1-ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice

Spiced Salt Rim:

  1. 2 tablespoons of sugar (Cane or turbinado)
  2. 1 tablespoon salt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


To make the Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup (make-ahead ~about 2 hours):

  1. Add all ingredients (1 cup of filtered water, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of fresh cranberries, 4 cinnamon sticks, 4 tablespoons fresh ginger, and peel of 1 orange) into a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, mixing often with a spatula, and simmer for about 5-7 minutes until the cranberries start to burst.
  2. Once cranberries are broken down, remove from the heat and cool for about 25 minutes.  Strain the spiced cranberry simple syrup into a glass, and place the glass in the fridge for at least 2 hours before using. If you prefer to have the residual cranberries in your margarita, discard the ginger, orange peel, and cinnamon sticks before storing the Spiced Simple Syrup in the fridge, in a glass container.

To make the Spiced Salt Rim:

  1. Add all ingredients (2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger) to a bowl and toss to combine.

To make 1 margarita:

  1. Salt the rim of your glass.  Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all the ingredients (2 ounces tequila, 2 ounces Cointreau, 2 ounces spiced cranberry simple syrup and 1-ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice). Shake until combined and then strain into your prepared glass. Serve with fresh cranberries, a cinnamon stick, and/or a fresh lime wedge.


The equipment for making beverages:

  • The double cocktail jigger is super convenient and makes measuring alcohol easy peasy.
  • Using round or sphere ice cubes is our favorite way to serve a cocktail. We use this brand
  • This is the best shaker to use when making drinks! 
  • Category: Beverage
  • Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired

Keywords: Spiced cranberry margarita, simple holiday drinks, simple margarita recipe, spiced cranberry recipes, cranberry recipes, cranberry drink recipes, easy margarita recipe, easy holiday drinks

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Shea November 18, 2020 - 7:24 AM


Jake November 28, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Surprising. Delicious and easy to make.
Thanks for the recipe.


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