Attention, margarita lovers: You don’t have to ditch your favorite cocktail for a hot toddy or a glass of spiked eggnog just because the weather has turned cold. With the addition of a few more ingredients like white cranberry juice and coconut, margaritas can be winterized into a delightful and tropical punch that’s perfect for the holidays.
Best of all, this cocktail is easy to make in large batches for holiday parties, and it looks appropriately festive with a few garnishes of fresh cranberries and rosemary. The white cranberry juice combined with ice and a sugar rim gives the cocktail the appearance of snow. Hence the name, “white Christmas margarita.” (Feel free to hum along to the Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney movie soundtrack while you sip this drink.)
The recipe from Delish calls for your standard margarita ingredients (tequila, triple sec and lime juice) — but the special twist is coconut milk. Blend all four ingredients in a blender (or mix them and serve over ice, if you’d prefer). Then garnish with cranberries, mint, lime and a sugar rim (instead of salt) to complement the drink’s sweeter flavors.
An Even Boozier Version Of A White Christmas Margarita
For an even boozier twist, this version from Wishes N Dishes calls for Cointreau or Grand Marnier (in place of triple sec) as well as a healthy amount of coconut-flavored rum and tequila. White cranberry juice, coconut cream and coconut milk, fresh lime juice and simple syrup round out the ingredients for this adult holiday beverage.
After mixing together, add a sprig of rosemary, some cranberries and a few shreds of coconut to give that snowy appearance, and serve cold.
If A White Christmas Margarita Isn’t Your Thing
If you want to try a fresh spin on the margarita, but a Christmas-themed cocktail isn’t your thing, check out this Blood Orange Margarita from Cookie and Kate. Fresh blood oranges, limes, tequila, some agave nectar and a secret ingredient (pssst… it’s vanilla) make this one a real crowd-pleaser.