The holiday season is in full swing so it’s time to break out the Christmas Margaritas and celebrate! Made with cranberry juice, this is a festive twist on a classic margarita cocktail!
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Make one Margarita or make several Christmas Margaritas for a party, but most of all, make merry!
If you’re throwing a party or entertaining guests for a dinner party, then you need some Christmas cocktails to serve.
Why not make this Margarita your seasonal signature cocktail? It’s so easy to make – just shake the ingredients together, garnish, and enjoy!
What is a Margarita?
I’m pretty sure most people know what a margarita is, but just in case you don’t…
Like many cocktails, there are several origin stories. But it would seem that the margarita – a cocktail made with tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice – was first invented in the 1930s, and is Mexican and American drink. The word margarita is Spanish for daisy.
Traditionally, margaritas are served in the eponymous margarita glass, a stepped-diameter variant of a cocktail glass or champagne coupe. The rim of the glass is often dipped in salt,
With just three ingredients, the classic margarita can have tons of variations by using different flavoured liqueurs; fruit sodas; beer; vegetable juices; and fruit juices
Ingredients used in this cocktail
The traditional Margarita has had a Christmas makeover! The base liquor – tequila – is still there, but we’ve added peach liqueur, cranberry juice, and ginger ale for a delicious holiday twist!
- Gold Tequila – use your preferred brand
- Peach Liqueur – or Peach Schnapps
- Cranberry Juice – make sure you use a proper juice rather than a “juice drink”.
- Ginger Ale – see notes below
- Fresh Mint Leaves – for garnish, optional
- Fresh Cranberries – for garnish, optional
- Fresh Ginger – for garnish, optional
Ginger Ale vs Ginger Beer
Ginger ale which is a carbonated soft drink flavoured with ginger. It is consumed on its own or used as a mixer, often with spirit-based drinks.
Not to be confused with ginger beer, which is a naturally sweetened and carbonated, usually non-alcoholic beverage. It is produced by the natural fermentation of prepared ginger spice, yeast, and sugar.
In the UK there is a brand of alcoholic ginger beer – Crabbies – and is called “alcoholic ginger beer” to distinguish it from the more established commercial ginger beers, which are not brewed (fermented), but carbonated with pressurized carbon dioxide.
Mixing Christmas Cocktails
There are several ways you can mix Christmas cocktails – you can shake them, stir them, or blend them…. you’re going to be shaking these Christmas Margaritas up!
Don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you could just use a container with a tight-fitting lid – like a mason jar, water bottle, or even the cup on a blender or smoothie maker.
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Make It A Meal!
The beverage is covered, but what about other dishes to make this recipe into a full meal? Here are my suggestions!
- Appetizer: Cheese-Stuffed Taco Meatballs Party Appetizer
- Main Dish: Slow Cooker Charro Beans
- Side Dish: Cheesy Chili Cornbread
- Dessert: Rocky ‘Holiday’ Road
There are 500+ Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog for you to enjoy! Please feel free to check them out too.
More Cocktails To Make
If you want some more cocktails to make after these festive Margaritas here are some for you to check out:
This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of legal drinking age in your country of residence. Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.
- 1.5 oz Gold Tequila
- 1.5 oz Peach Liqueur
- 1.5 oz Ginger Ale
- 1.5 oz Cranberry Juice
- Fresh lime wedges
- Fresh mint leaves, for garnish (optional)
- Fresh cranberries, for garnish (optional)
- Fresh ginger slices, for garnish (optional)
- Combine tequila, peach liqueur, ginger ale, and cranberry juice into an ice-filled cocktail shaker.
- Shake to combine.
- Pour into a glass filled with ice.
- Add a squeeze of fresh lime.
- Garnish with a sprig of mint, a wedge of lime or any of the other garnish options.
To make a big batch of this cocktail, as long as you use the same size measure for 1 part, the ratios will be correct. Use one part of each of the ingredients and mix together in a serving container of choice. Add lots of ice and garnish.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 7mg Carbohydrates: 13g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 12g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
Christmas Margaritas Variations
I always like to try and give variations on the cocktails I share on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, and especially turning the cocktail into a mocktail so that non-drinkers and kids can enjoy the drink too!
Christmas Virgin Margaritas (Mocktail)
So that non-drinkers and kids can enjoy a glass of this holiday beverage we are going to take out the tequila and peach liqueur and replace them.
You can replace the alcohol with flavored syrups which will be more suited to the adult palate or with fruit juices.
I love the Monin brand of syrups as there are lots of flavors and they are a very versatile ingredient that can be used in cocktails, mocktails, coffee, cocoa, shakes, smoothies, and more.
To make a Christmas Virgin Margarita, shake together one part (2oz) each of peach nectar, cranberry juice, and ginger ale. Serve in a glass over ice and add a squeeze of lime juice (optional). Garnish as in the original recipe.
Frozen Christmas Margaritas
Want to turn this festive drink into a frozen slushie? Easy! Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous amount of crushed ice – then blend till smooth. Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze!
You can also make Frozen Christmas Virgin Margaritas too – just use the non-alcoholic ingredients listed above.
Christmas Margarita Party Punch
If you want to make this cocktail for a crowd, you can make a large batch of it no problem!
As long as you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug etc) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct and you can make as much as you need to. Serve in drinks dispensers, pitchers, or go really retro and serve it from a punch bowl!
To make a batch of Christmas Margarita party punch, mix together:
- 1 part Gold Tequila
- 1 part Peach Liqueur
- 1 part Cranberry Juice
- 1 part Ginger Ale
Make sure you add plenty of ice to your serving receptacle of choice and add garnish such as fresh mint leaves, slices of fresh ginger, fresh cranberries, and fresh lime slices.
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