Celebrating Christmas or another holiday? This easy Cranberry Margarita recipe is bursting with fall flavors. The tartness of the cranberries compliments the tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice to create an exceptionally festive cocktail fit for any holiday event.

Cranberry margaritas are refreshing in the heat, but the cranberry also serves as a reminder that winter is just around the corner. And that the hot weather will soon be over. We love this recipe Cranberry Margarita since it’s simple to prepare and all of the ingredients are readily available.

It’s happy hour somewhere, so let’s whip up some Cranberry Margaritas!


Add some tart cranberries to your usual Margarita for a refreshing twist. All you need is fresh fruit and a little lime juice!

These are the Cranberry Margarita ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups 100% cranberry juice
  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ cup tequila
  • ½ cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh cranberries and lime wedges
  • Salt or sugar for rimming

How to Make a Cranberry Margarita

You have two options to make this fresh Cranberry Margarita: stir the ingredients until thoroughly mixed, or shake with ice until fully chilled. Both options are simple and will take you no more than five minutes to make.

  1. In a glass, add the tequila, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and lime juice and stir well.
  2. Serve over ice in the prepared glasses.
  3. Garnish with fresh cranberries and lime wedges, if desired.
  4. Time to drink!

Alternatively, combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake for 30 seconds to blend and chill the cocktail. Garnish and serve over ice in sugar/salt-rimmed glasses.

recipe cranberry margarita

Garnish Your Cranberry Margarita Glass

A gorgeous garnish not only improves the look of your cocktail but can also improve the flavor.

To make this Margarita stand out, rim the glass with sea salt or your favorite Margarita salt and garnish with fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary for a delightful winter wonderland vibe.

One look at this gorgeous red cocktail dressed up with a skewered cranberry swizzle stick, and you’ll fall in love!

What’s the Best Tequila for Cranberry Margaritas?

These margaritas go well with any tequila. You can choose between Blanco and Reposado.

Blanco tequila, often known as silver tequila, is a young, unaged agave spirit with a distinctive agave flavor.

On the other hand, Reposado tequila is matured in oak barrels for a short time (2-12 months), producing a more complex flavor with rich oak and vanilla notes.

What Kind of Cranberry Juice Should I Choose?

We recommend using 100% cranberry juice for the best Cranberry Margarita recipe.

100% cranberry juice is readily available, and its vibrant color makes it an excellent choice for this recipe Cranberry Margarita. Plus, you can adjust the sweetness to your liking!

Another alternative is sweetened cranberry juice, but you need to bear in mind that at times it is sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup.

Enjoy your Cranberry Margarita Cocktail with Altos

In the Mexican state of Jalisco, volcanic soil nurtures the blue agave plants that yield Olmeca Altos –the top rated tequila for margaritas by bartenders worldwide. The high mountain location gives the ideal blend of sunlight, soil, and moisture for cultivating the highest-quality Weber Blue Agave nature has to offer.

Try our 100% Agave Olmeca Altos tequila in this Cranberry Margarita recipe, and you’ll get a delicious Margarita every time!