When we lived in Tucson we used to frequent an amazing Mexican restaurant perched in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. When it wasn’t too hot, we’d sit on the patio, sipping margaritas and enjoying the view of saguaros on the mountain, set stark against an Arizona sunset. You’d be amazed at just how good a margarita can taste when it’s accompanied by views like that. That Mexican restaurant featured a “margarita of the month.” It was always something seasonal and delicious, very much like the recipe I’m sharing today. Hold on to your Santa hats, boys and girls, because I’m about to introduce you to a Christmas sugar cookie margarita.
I know, I know. Margaritas aren’t the first cocktail that comes to mind when you think of Christmas. I get that. In our house, margaritas are a year-round beverage, made fresh with seasonal ingredients no matter the season. And since I’ve already shared our Cranberry Clove Sparkling Margarita Recipe, it was high time to develop a brand new drink, perfectly-suited for Santa. This sugar cookie margarita is the result of some serious taste testing (I know, I lead a rough life). I’m happy to report that this drink goes down as smoothly as your favorite frosted sugar cookie and it looks every bit as festive, too.
Similar to our birthday cake margarita recipe, we actually used sugar cookie mix to make the simple syrup for this drink. Still, the freshly-squeezed lime juice, tequila and orange liqueur make this an authentic margarita. It’s just an authentic margarita that also happens to taste just like a sugar cookie.
The icing on the cookie, if you will, is actual icing. We frosted the rims of some festive holiday cocktail glasses and then rolled them through Christmas cookie sprinkles. The result is adorable, don’t you think? Add some brightly-colored paper straws and you have yourself a sugar cookie margarita presentation that will surely impress your party guests. Even though the straws make the drink cute, your sugar-cookie loving taste buds will be most rewarded if you sip from the rimmed glass; drinking this margarita that way offers maximum sugar cookie flavor.
This particular margarita is obviously a bit on the sweet side. You can adjust the recipe with slightly more or less simple syrup for a stronger or sweeter end result. If you go sweet, you might consider serving this drink as a cute dessert cordial.
For the Sugar Cookie Simple Syrup
- 8 oz. water
- 12 Tablespoons powdered sugar cookie mix (we used Betty Crocker)
- 4oz. sugar
For the Sugar Cookie Margarita
- 6 oz. tequila
- 3 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 6 oz. Sugar Cookie Simple Syrup
- splash of orange liqueur
- 4 teaspoons store-bought vanilla frosting
- Christmas cookie sprinkles
To make the Sugar Cookie Simple Syrup:
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Cover and cook over low heat until powdered sugar cookie mix and sugar is dissolved, about ten minutes.
To make the Sugar Cookie Margarita:
- Combine tequila, lime juice, simple syrup and a splash of orange liqueur in a Mason jar and shake vigorously. Pour over ice into serving glasses rimmed with frosting and rolled in sugar cookie sprinkles. Serve immediately.
This is a sweet cocktail and is perhaps best enjoyed as an after dinner cordial.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 239mgFiber: 0gSugar: 125gProtein: 3g