The Cocktails of Christmas: Cranberry Margarita

We had friends over for dinner last Sunday evening.  She brought homemade tamales (yum!!!) I provided cranberry margarita, cranberry salsa and festive treats.  Feliz Navidad!

Before I get to the recipe, I feel compelled to tell you about our glass recycle bin.  Consider this a true confessions kind of thing.

We are big on recycling here in Western Washington.  In fact, I feel guilty when we travel and stay somewhere that doesn’t offer recycling.  It’s just become such a habit.  And, it’s easy.  We don’t have to separate anything but glass. Everything else just goes in a big old garbage can that the husband drags out to the edge of the street every two weeks. We can also take glass to the curb, in small tubs.  We do not do this.


We don’t want the neighbors to think we are lushes.

Which we aren’t.

But, our glass recycling (composed primarily of wine bottles) could cause someone to draw the wrong conclusions about us.

I prefer to think of us as festive people.  Or, connoisseurs.  Wait, can I be considered a connoisseur if I had to look up the spelling (I was close…just missed one little “s”)?

The reason I thought of this on the day I was making cranberry margarita was because I dumped the remainder of the tequila and the remainder of the triple sec into the blender (don’t worry, we have more) and added the bottles to the vanilla vodka bottle already put in the recycling bin earlier in the week.  Since then we’ve added a bottle or two more and a whole slew of wine bottles from the mulled wine I made yesterday, which I will tell you about in a later post.

It actually takes us months to go through a bottle of hard alcohol.


They just all seem to being going at the same time this holiday season.

Let’s move on, shall we?  🙂

The Cocktails of Christmas,

Cranberry Margarita!  Fa-la-la!  (Taken directly from My Recipes.  Their glasses are much more festive than mine.  Oh, well, it’s the taste that matters, right?)

1 1/4 cups cranberry juice
1/2 cup sugar (I added a bit more after tasting the finished cocktail)
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed
3/4 cup fresh lime juice  (I used lime juice out of a bottle)
3/4 cup tequila (or so.  Remember:  my theory is to taste)
1/2 cup triple sec
3 cups coarsely crushed ice

In blender mix all ingredients.  Taste.  Add more of whatever may be missing.

It blends up pretty thin, so I put the pitcher in the freezer so that it would be more slushy for service.  I also had triple sec available for those who wanted their margarita a little more sweet.

The Cocktails of Christmas,


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