CRANBERRY CLOVE SPARKLING MARGARITA

Prepare to make a brand new holiday tradition, friends. Isn’t this a gorgeous drink? Just you try to tell me that it doesn’t exude The Merry. It totally does. This cranberry clove sparkling margarita is looks as though someone poured Santa into a cup. Given the fact that it will add instant feliz to any navidad fiesta, you should absolutely serve this at your holiday party.

Ah, December. Twinkling lights, brown-paper packages and a tall cranberry clove sparkling margarita served ice cold. What? Is that not a part of your holiday tradition? If it’s not yet, it will be soon.

While turkey is widely served at Thanksgiving, Christmas meals run the gamut right? I’ve got friends who do an Italian fish stew for Christmas Eve, and others who opt for lasagna. I would guess that turkey and ham are the traditional favorites. My family doesn’t do any of those. For the longest time, we’ve served homemade enchiladas with rice and beans on Christmas day. These cranberry clove sparkling margaritas are the perfect festive cocktail to serve alongside our not-so-traditional holiday meal.

This festive Christmas cocktail is both tart and sweet with an unexpected zip of warm baking spices derived from the addition of a clove-infused simple syrup. I’m telling you, every sip will raise your holiday spirits. Pinky swear. And with the addition of some bubbly (water, not champagne), you will be warmed from the inside out long before you can finish the chorus to Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

When it comes to drinks that are both impressive and festive, this merry margarita is a winner. Serve this at your Christmas party and Santa will definitely put you on his nice list.

And if you really want to create a showstopping Christmas cocktail, you can do like I did and rim the glasses in shimmer. I did it by dipping the rim of the glass into melted white chocolate candy coating and then sprinkling on coarse sugar before the candy coating hardened. Isn’t it so pretty? In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that drinking the cocktail from the sugar-coated rim wasn’t entirely pleasant. If you’re going to rim your glasses, I’d recommend sipping the drink through a straw. Cheers!

Cranberry clove sparkling margarita

Serves 4     adjust servings

 

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. 100% cranberry juice (not cocktail, and preferably not from concentrate)
  • 6 oz. clove simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • 12 oz. of fresh cranberries
  • 6 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 6 oz. tequila
  • 4 oz. orange liqueur
  • 4 oz. sparkling water

For the clove simply syrup

  • 2 Tablespoons whole cloves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

To make the clove simple syrup:

  1. We're going for a strong syrup here so that we don't water down our margarita unnecessarily. To that end, combine one cup of water and 1-2 tablespoons of whole cloves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer (uncovered) until you've reduced the water by half. Add one cup sugar and stir until sugar is thoroughly dissolved. Set aside to cool.

To make the margarita:

  1. Combine cranberry juice, syrup, cranberries and lime juice in a blender. Blend until the mixture is liquified--no chunks. Strain mixture over a fine mesh sieve into a mason jar. Add tequila and orange liqueur and mix well. Pour desired amount over ice into a glass, topping off with the sparkling water and giving it a little swizzle. This recipe makes two servings, so make sure that you spread the sparkling water appropriately between the two glasses. We rimmed our glasses with white chocolate and sparkling sugar if only because it makes for a pretty presentation. Cheers!

Recipe Notes

 

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 575kcal Calories from fat 6
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Transfat 0g
Sodium 46mg 2%
Carbohydrate 112g 37%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 99g
Protein 1g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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6 Replies to “CRANBERRY CLOVE SPARKLING MARGARITA”

  1. I started to tell you that I recently made a similar margarita, then realized the only common ingredients are cranberries and liquors, so scratch that. But cranberry-blackberry margaritas are also excellent. ;)

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