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Bubbly Cranberry Margaritas

Hi loves! It’s no shock that Christmas is in 4 days and I’m just now sharing a festive cocktail (and hoping to share a few more recipes before XMAS, too…but we’ll see :)). I am the ultimate procrastinator which I absolutely hate sometimes but I honestly do my best work under pressure!

We visited Nick’s family in Oklahoma last weekend and they hosted a Christmas party and I helped make the cocktail. The original recipe is from Half Baked Harvest but I’ve tweaked it a bit, since. I’ve made these drinks twice in the past week, that’s how much I like them! Chili’s used to have a pomegranate marg that I was obsessed with (with a side of chips and ranch, obviously) and this recipe reminds me a lot of it! This recipe isn’t overly sweet (even with the addition of the sugar) and the bubbly gives it the most perfect fizz! YUM! Beware though, these are strong drinks and you can easily have three of them and then who knows what you’ll be doing/saying at your Christmas party!

Bubbly Cranberry Margs

Serving size: 6 margs

Ingredients:

Drink –

1 1/2 cup silver tequila

1/2 cup triple sec

2 cups cranberry juice

3/4 cup orange juice

1/2 cup lime juice

3 – 4 tablespoons white sugar (taste as you go to your desired sweetness)

1 bottle of prosecco or sparkling rosé (I’ve made with both and they are equally as good. I’d say the sparkling rosé makes it a bit sweeter, though.)

Garnish –

Orange slices

Sugared cranberries (2 cups fresh cranberries, 2 cups white sugar)

Directions:

Sugared cranberries –

  1. In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup white sugar to a boil. Once sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. Carefully mix in 2 cups of cranberries to sugar water and refrigerate for an hour (or up to 12 hours).
  3. Strain cranberries and lay out on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet
  4. Sprinkle remaining 1 1/2 cups white sugar on top and lightly toss with hands until they are all coated in sugar. Allow these to set for 30 minutes to an hour.

*this process will allow the sugar to really bind to the cranberries

Drink –

  1. In a large pitcher, combine tequila, triple sec, and juices
  2. Add in one tablespoon of sugar at a time until you reach your desired sweetness (remember, you are going to add bubbly in that will cut down on the tartness so don’t make it overly sweet…unless you like it that way!). I used a whisk to make sure all of the sugar was dissolved!
  3. In a glass full of ice, fill it up 3/4 of the way with the tequila mixture and then top the rest with bubbly.

CHEERS!

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