Cranberry Margaritas



  • 2 handfuls of ice cubes
  • ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon (200 ml) pure cranberry juice
  • 7 tablespoons (100 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice (from 2 to 3 limes)
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons (150 ml) tequila
  • 7 tablespoons (100 ml) orange-flavored liqueur, like Cointreau or triple sec


This recipe yields four glasses in one fell swoop. While it may be fun to prepare individual cocktails for your guests, it can take a while if you have to do it one glass at a time. Check your pantry to see if you have a large canning jar. It can do double duty as a shaker, and you’ll be done faster. Merry, merry cranberry!

Chill the glasses by putting an ice cube in each and swirling it around.

Put the remaining ice, the cranberry juice, lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur in a large (at least 1-quart/1-liter) canning jar with a rubber ring in the lid and seal it tightly. Shake the jar thoroughly, for at least 30 seconds, so the cocktail is nice and cold.

Throw out the ice cubes in the glasses. Rub a lime quarter around the rim of each glass and press the rim in the plate with salt, so that you end up with a salt rim.

Pour the drink from the canning jar into the glasses through a little sieve, or if that’s difficult: pour it first through a sieve into another jar and then into the glasses. Serve immediately, of course.

For Garnish

  • 1 lime, quartered
  • Coarse salt on a plate