Cranberry clove sparkling margarita

margarita-of-the-monthAh, December. Sparkling lights, brown-paper packages and tall margaritas served ice cold. What? Is that not a part of your holiday tradition? Just me?

Perhaps, but once you try this festive cranberry clove sparkling margarita I suspect you might have a new holiday tradition. Seriously, just look at this gorgeous cocktail! And just you try to tell me that it doesn’t exude The Merry. It totally does. This particular margarita is both tart and sweet thanks to the cranberry, with added spice and warmth from the clove. I’m telling you, every sip will raise your holiday spirits. Pinky swear. And with the festive 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.  Cheers!

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Cranberry clove sparkling margarita


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

For the clove simply syrup

  • 1-2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar


    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!


    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per Serving As Served
    Calories 1546kcal Calories from fat 16
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 2g 3%
    Saturated Fat 0g 0%
    Transfat 0g
    Sodium 107mg 4%
    Carbohydrate 326g 109%
    Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
    Sugars 299g
    Protein 2g

    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

    SOURCE: Heavily adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride

    Cranberry clove sparkling margarita | Such the Spot

    2 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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