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Cranberry Jalapeño Margarita

Homemade cranberry juice, jalapeño simple syrup, and tequila are the main ingredients in this festive and flavorful Cranberry Jalapeño Margarita. Cheers to the holiday season!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cocktails, Cranberry Cocktails, Holiday Cocktails, Margarita Recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Chill Time (for cranberry juice + simple syrup): 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Makes: 1 cocktail
Author: Sues


  • ½ cup cranberry juice (recipe below)
  • 3 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. jalapeño simple syrup
  • ½ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

Homemade Cranberry Juice

  • 5 cups water
  • 12 oz. (1 bag) fresh cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ tsp anise seed (or 2 star anise)
  • 5 whole cloves
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice


  • Brush rim of glass with lime juice (you can brush with simple syrup if you want, but note it may be a bit spicy so only use if you love spiciness!) and place upside-down on a small plate of coarse salt or sugar to coat rim. Fill glass with ice.
  • In an ice-filled shaker, combine cranberry juice, tequila, simple syrup, and lime juice. Shake well and pour into prepared glass.
  • Garnish glass with cranberries and jalapeño slices.

Homemade Cranberry Juice

  • Put water and cranberries in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer, add in spices, cover saucepan, and let cook for 20-25 minutes.
  • Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer to extract liquid (Dispose of cranberry mash or save for another use).
  • Pour liquid back in saucepan over low heat and stir in sugar and lime juice.
  • Pour into heat-proof bowl or pitcher and place in fridge to let cool completely before using.


  • You should be able to make about 8 cocktails with cranberry juice )and single batch of jalapeño simple syrup).
  • For a big batch cocktail, you can mix this margarita in a pitcher: to serve 8, I recommend mixing: 4 cups cranberry juice (full batch), 3 cups tequila, 1 cup jalapeño simple syrup, and ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice.
  • If making this cranberry juice to drink as is, you may want to increase the sugar a bit. I purposely leave it a little tart since the margarita also has simple syrup in it.
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