Cranberry Margaritas – The Cookie Rookie®

Give your tastebuds a treat with one of these delicious cranberry margaritas! This sweet and tangy pitcher cocktail is simple to make from scratch and is sure to get the party started!

cranberry margaritas in glasses with salt rims

Best Cranberry Margarita Recipe

Whether you enjoy these cranberry margaritas for cinco de mayo or at Christmas, you are going to love them!

This pitcher cocktail is so easy to make and bursting with vibrant and fresh flavors.

Be sure to try my Orange Cranberry Bourbon Smash and Orange Cranberry Sangria too!

Why you’ll love these Cranberry Margaritas:

  • QUICK: It only takes around 15 minutes to make a batch of these drinks.
  • PERFECT FOR A CROWD: This recipe makes a pitcher that will make 8 drinks. Perfect if you are entertaining!
  • MAKE AHEAD: Both the simple syrup and the cocktail can be made ahead of time so serving is a breeze!
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How to make Cranberry Margaritas with Honey Lemon Ginger Simple Syrup

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  1. Make the simple syrup by heating together the honey, water, lemon peel and ginger.
  2. Discard the lemon and ginger and allow it to cool.
  3. Stir together the simple syrup, cranberry and lemon juices in a pitcher.
  4. Stir in the tequila and cointreau.
  5. Add lemon slices and fill with ice.
  6. Rim glasses with lemon and salt, pour the drink and garnish with lemon wedges and mint.
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cranberry margaritas in glasses with salt rims

How long does the simple syrup keep?

Once the simple syrup has cooled, transfer it to a sealable jar or bottle and it will keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. If I’m not going to be using it immediately or the same day, I like to store it with the lemon peel and ginger to give it more time for the flavors to infuse.

This simple syrup it’s incredibly delicious with pretty much any cocktail. It’s slightly zesty and spicy and the honey gives it a delicate floral undertone that elevates any drink.

Can you make the margaritas ahead of time?

These cranberry margaritas are a great make ahead pitcher cocktail. Make the whole drink in the pitcher, but omit the ice.

Cover the pitcher with plastic wrap and it will keep well in the fridge for up to two days.

How to garnish

No margarita is complete without a salt rim, it works so well with the tangy flavors from the cranberry and lemon juice. Rub a lemon wedge around the top of each glass, and then dip into salt.

I also like to finish it with a sprig of mint for some color and freshness.

cranberry margaritas in glasses with salt rims
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  • Don’t add ice to your pitcher until you are ready to serve the cocktail. Adding ice too early will dilute the drink. Alternatively, you can pour the cocktail over ice.
  • Let the simple syrup cool completely before adding it to the other ingredients.
  • I like to make these cranberry margaritas with Cointreau for a stronger orange flavor, but you can use triple sec if that’s what you have.
cup of cranberry margarita garnished with lime and mint
cup of cranberry margarita

These cranberry margaritas are my current favorite tipple! They are so zesty and fresh, and each sip will transport you to Mexico!

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