Cranberry Margaritas

I made a big batch of these for Thanksgiving and they’ve been requested to make a repeat appearance soon!  While a bit more involved than my usual cocktail, these are so good and they feel very festive!

cranberry margarita~the comyn space

Makes 8 cocktails

You’ll Need:
1 1/2 cups cranberries
1/2 cup white sugar, plus 2 tbsp, divided
2 tsp finely grated orange zest
4 tbsp orange juice
2 tbsp kosher salt
3 tsp Chinese five spice powder
3 limes, 2 juiced and one cut into wedges
8 oz orange juice
12 oz white tequila

To make the cranberry jam, bring cranberries, 1/2 cup sugar, 4 tbsp orange juice and 1/2 cup water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 40 minutes, until thick and jammy, taking care to stir occasionally so it doesn’t burn to the bottom of the pan. Mix in orange zest and let cool. Jam can be made up to 5 days in advance, just cover it and pop in the fridge.

To assemble the cocktail, mix salt, 2 tbsp sugar and Chinese five spice powder in a shallow dish. Rub the rims of Old Fashioned glasses with a lime wedge and dip in the salt mixture to rim the glasses. Add ice to the glasses.

For each cocktail, combine the juice of half a lime, 1 oz orange juice, 1.5 oz tequila and 2 tbsp cranberry jam in a shaker. Fill with ice and shake until the outside is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into a prepped glass.

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