Cocktail Hour / Sugared Cranberry Margarita


There’s no cliche like a kid cliche, y’all.  From the moment your belly starts growing it begins.  People tell you, “It will go by so fast!” or “Enjoy every moment!  Don’t wish any of it away!”. Then there’s my personal favorite: “The days are long but the years are short!”.  You smile and nod politely or give a little laugh and exclaim, “Totally!”   It sounds like a broken record because we have all heard it so many times, but that’s because it is SO TRUE!  Like, how is my baby a walking talking toddler this year?  (Cue tears!)  My mom used to always tell me during this time of year how much fun Christmas is with little kids– likely as a ploy to get more grandkids– but she was right.  (As mothers usually are.)  Parker thinks every Christmas tree is cause to stop, point and exclaim, “Wow!” and reminds us on an hourly basis that Rudolph’s nose is red.  (Baby genius… kidding.  We’ve been training that into her since Thanksgiving.)  Either way, for the next 17 days we will be soaking up and celebrating this holiday season in every way possible.  Cookie baking, present wrapping, and Christmas light adventures, oh my!  Whether you’re hosting friends or just unwinding after a longer than long day, this Sugared Cranberry Margarita is the stuff holiday dreams are made of!  Happy Holidays, friends!



(Makes 2 Cocktails)


  • 2 limes + 1 for rim
  • 1 C. fresh orange juice
  • 1 C. fresh cranberries + more for garnish
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1 C. water
  • 2 ounces or 1/4 C. Tequila
  • 2 ice spheres (molds available here)
  • 1/2 C. kosher salt
In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water, and cranberries to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes until the cranberries are breaking open and the liquid is a dark red.  Drain the cranberries from the saucepan and pour the remaining simple syrup into a glass container to cool. This step can be done well in advance as the syrup will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator.
Cut one lime into quarters and use one quarter around the rim of each glass to get it sticky for the salt.  Sprinkle the salt on a flat surface and salt the rim of each glass.
Combine the fresh juice of two limes, orange juice, cranberry simple syrup, and tequila in cocktail shaker and shake.
Place one ice sphere in each salted glass, along with 8-10 fresh cranberries. Add liquid from cocktail shaker and enjoy!


Wood Tray / Mint Julep Glasses / Paper Straws / Ice Sphere Mold

Photography by Melissa Valladares

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  5. Fatima


    Not only does it looks festive but I’m sure it tastes delicious as well!

    Xx, Fatima

  6. This sounds sweet but yummy.

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  8. This looks so good! Love your presentation!

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