Cranberry Margarita

This was the other cocktail we served at our Christmas cocktail & appetizer party – the cranberry margarita. It was a tasty and festive way to enjoy a margarita!

It was a little cumbersome to make – especially since it’s a bit of a pain to strain the pureed mixture – but totally worth it!

Cranberry margarita

Cranberry Margarita
From Leite’s Culinaria
Serves 10

Ingredients:
1 cup granulated sugar
Juice of 4 oranges
One 16-ounce package fresh or frozen cranberries
Crushed ice
12 ounces tequila [Note: Use a good one!]
5 ounces Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
Orange twist, for garnish

Directions:
1. In a saucepan over low heat, warm the sugar and the orange juice, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves.

2. Meanwhile, rinse the cranberries in a colander.

3. Add the cranberries to the pan and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Set the cranberry mixture aside and let cool.

4. Once cool, pour the mixture into a blender and purée it. Strain the mixture into a pitcher, discarding any solids. (You can cover and stash it in the fridge until ready to use. It will gel as it cools, so you’ll need to stir it just prior to using.)

5. For each margarita, put some crushed ice, 1 to 1 1/2 ounces tequila, 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier, and 2 ounces cranberry purée in a shaker. Shake well. (Alternatively, mix the puree with tequila and grand mariner and serve in a pitcher).

6. To serve, pour the margarita into a margarita or martini glass. Add an orange twist for garnish.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 239.3
Total Fat: 0.1 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 1.2 mg
Total Carbs: 29.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.2 g
Protein: 0.4 g

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