Holidays Bring Festive Cranberry Margaritas
Holidays Bring Festive Cranberry Margaritas and other surprises to the Party. With all the wonderful party appetizers you will be serving, Festive Cranberry Margaritas could be the hit of the party.
It was not many years ago that margaritas were considered a warm weather drink, but all that changed when America discovered Tequila.(More about tequila later)
Suddenly, margaritas started appearing in restaurants everywhere. Many are served “frozen” which are made in a slushy machine. Mango Margaritas and Strawberry Margaritas are a couple of the better know margaritas. But we(you and me) are not going to be like everyone else. This year we’re serving Festive Cranberry Margaritas.
- 3 ounces GOOD tequila
- 2 ounces Cointreau
- 2 ounces fresh lime juice
- fresh rosemary sprigs, bottom leaves removed, approximately 2-3” long
- fresh cranberries
- fresh lime wedges
- Salt on rim of glass is optional.
- Note: To make cranberry sprig garnish, carefully thread 3 fresh cranberries onto tough rosemary stems. Set aside until you are making the margaritas,
- Fill cocktail shaker with ice and add tequila, Cointreau, and both juices.
- Shake well and strain into ice-filled glasses
- Garnish with rosemary sprigs and lime wedges, if desired.
- Test one to make sure it all works to perfection.
- Make more and serve your guests.
Never use cheap Tequila. There are so many good tequilas to choose from and at a very reasonable price that it would be a shame to serve the stuff on the bottom shelf. Here in Mexico we use that to start our BBQ’s. It’s cheaper than lighter fluid and a bottle lasts a long time.
There are two types of Tequila, 100% Blue Agave and Tequila Mixto (Mixed)
Tequila Silver or Blanco is the purest form of Blue Agave tequila with the flavor of the plant. This can be a little to strong for the first time tequila.
Tequila Gold or Ore is usually a mixed, less expensive tequila used in most bars for mixed drinks.
Tequila Reposado This is the first stage of “rested or aged” Tequila and is aged from 2 months to 11 months in oak barrels. It will take on a golden color.
Tequila Añejo To be labeled Añejo Tequila it must be aged at least one year. It will take on an amber color during the aging process and be smoother, richer and have a more complex flavor.
Tequila Extra Añejo this label has only been around since 2006, and can only be used for tequila that has been aged at least 3 years. It will have a Mahogany color, is so smooth you will know its special when it kisses your lips. And it cost a pretty penny so save those pretty pennies.
I can’t tell you which tequila to use but if possible use a Reposado for your Festive Cranberry Margaritas. If money is tight then use Tequila Gold. Save the Añejo tequila for sipping.
If you want another special drink for the holiday season check out A Moscow Mule
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