Spiced Cranberry Margarita with sea salt rim

Spiced Cranberry Margarita with sea salt rim

What is more festive than a Spiced Cranberry Margarita at Christmas? And moreover, if you add the sea salt rim it adds a level of texture and taste not found in other cocktails. Also, if you would like a more festive taste you can add in some cinnamon syrup too. So, why don’t you read on as we have just the perfect drink for you.

This recipe makes one cocktail serving – but we bet you will want to make more!

Spiced Cranberry Margarita with sea salt rim and cinnamon syrup

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooling time: 15 minutes

Serves: 1 x serving

Ingredients for a Spiced Cranberry Margarita with sea salt rim & cinnamon syrup

For the cinnamon syrup

  • 1 x cup water
  • 1 x cup sugar
  • 10 x cinnamon sticks
Cinnamon sticks

For the Margarita Cocktail

  • 2 x ounces Tequila – your preference
  • Coarse sea salt for the glass rim
  • 1/2 x ounce Cointreau – or other orange liquer
  • 1/2 x ounce of lime juice
  • 1/2 x ounce cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce syrup (from above)
Spiced cranberry margarita with sea salt rim


  • Cinnamon stick
  • Cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Sprig of rosemary
  • Lime or orange wedge


  • Cocktail glass
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Jigger
  • Strainer
  • Small plate
Cocktail shaker

Okay, you have bought all the ingredients and gathered the equipment together, now we are ready, so let’s get mixing!

To make the cinnamon syrup

  • Place the cold water, sugar and cinnamon sticks into a small saucepan
  • Slowly bring to the boil over a high heat. Immediately reduce the heat and simmer until all the sugar has dissolved – approximately 2 to 3 minutes
  • Set aside to cool – approximately 15 minutes

To make the Spice Cranberry Margarita

  • Pour the Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, cranberry juice, and cinnamon syrup into a cocktail shaker
  • Fill with ice
  • Seal the lid tightly for approximately 20 seconds. The outside of the cocktail shaker will feel cold.
  • Wipe the rim of the glass with either the lime or the orange (your choice)
  • Sprinkle the coarse sea salt onto either a plate or a saucer
  • Dip the glass into the salt and ensure there is an even coating around the rim
  • Place ice into the glass
  • Pour the cocktail mixture over the ice through a strainer
  • Garnish with the rosemary, cinnamon and cranberries
  • Serve, sip, and enjoy

Nutritional information per serving (approximately)

  • Calories 230 calories
  • Fat 0g
  • Carbs 19g
  • Protein 0g

History of the Margarita Cocktail

Undoubtedly Margaritas are one of the most popular cocktail recipes in the world? This is a drink that can be served in many different ways, but it’s most popular as a frozen beverage.

We have done some research but it should be noted that we have been unable to find out the true history of the margarita. Also as there are many different stories about where this drink originated it is hard to know which one is true. One story says that it was invented in Mexico City, while another story claims that it was created by a man named Don Carlos Orozco at his restaurant called Rancho La Gloria, which was located near Tijuana, Mexico.

How to make a Spiced Cranberry Margarita

The traditional way to make a margarita is to mix tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice together with ice and serve it with salt on the rim of the glass. However, there are many variations of this recipe depending on what you prefer or what you have available in your house at any given time. You can also add other fruit juices like orange or grapefruit juice to make it sweeter or more sour depending on your taste.


Hopefully, now you know how easy it is to make a traditional Margarita Cocktail. And also how enjoyable it is to drink. Also by adding cranberries and cinnamon syrup you can quickly evoke the magic of Christmas. Or if you want to enjoy this cocktail during the summer months just add a few strawberries, raspberries or any other fruit of your choice. Are you ready to celebrate – then cheers my dears.

Fun Facts

  1. National Margarita Day: Margarita lovers celebrate National Margarita Day on February 22nd every year. It’s a day dedicated to enjoying and savoring this classic cocktail.
  2. Most Popular Cocktail: Margaritas consistently rank among the most popular cocktails in the world. Their popularity spans across various countries and also different cultures, with numerous variations and adaptations.
  3. Triple Sec: Traditional margarita recipes call for triple sec, an orange-flavored liqueur. The combination of tequila, lime juice, and triple sec creates the classic tart and tangy flavor profile of a margarita.
  4. Salt Rim: One distinctive feature of a margarita is the salt rim on the glass. The salt enhances the flavors of the drink and also provides a satisfying contrast to the tartness of the lime juice.
  5. Frozen vs. On the Rocks: Margaritas can be served either frozen or on the rocks. Frozen margaritas are blended with ice to create a slushy consistency, while margaritas on the rocks are served over ice cubes.
  6. Variations: Margaritas are incredibly versatile, and there are countless variations to suit different tastes. Some popular variations include fruity margaritas made with fresh fruits like mango, strawberry, or watermelon, as well as spicy margaritas infused with ingredients like jalapeños or chili peppers.
  7. World’s Largest Margarita: In 2012, a team of mixologists created the world’s largest margarita, which measured over 10 feet tall and contained over 8,500 gallons of liquid. It was mixed in a massive cocktail shaker and served to attendees at the Margarita & Salsa Festival in Texas.
  8. Margaritaville: The iconic song “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett, released in 1977, is credited with popularizing the margarita even further and becoming an anthem for relaxation and escapism.
  9. Official Cocktail of Texas: In 2009, the margarita was officially declared the state cocktail of Texas, solidifying its status as a beloved drink in the Lone Star State.

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