Who else needs a cocktail? Instead of reaching for the usual, why not try something a little different, like this cranberry Cadillac margarita with a hint of blood orange? It has an interesting, spring-inspired flavor with no added sugars.
Why you’ll love it
If you’re a fan of cranberries, but only tend to eat them during the holidays, then I’m about to open your eyes to a whole new way to enjoy them year-round, sans turkey.
You’ll love this recipe because of it’s crisp, distinct flavor and gorgeous color. If you’re entertaining – this is the perfect signature cocktail because it’s as pretty as it is tasty.
What you’ll need to make Cranberry Orange Cadillac Margaritas
- Cape Cod Select Frozen Cranberries – They’re plump and beautiful, so they make a great garnish as well as the base for the perfect cranberry juice.
- An Orange (I prefer blood oranges), but you can totally opt out of this step if you don’t have oranges.
- Tequila – go with your favorite brand
- Grand Mariner – if you don’t have Grand Mariner, triple sec will work (it just won’t be a Cadillac margarita).
- Lime juice, stevia, ice and salt for the rim.
- Garnish – I recommend blood orange slices and some frozen cranberries. They make the drink look beautiful!
Store Bought or DIY Cranberry Juice?
You can use regular store bought cranberry juice, but to avoid any added sugars, you’re better off making your own (it’s really simple).
How to Make Cranberry Juice
Start by adding water and cranberries to a pot. Aim for a 3 to 1 ratio of water and cranberries, so 3 cups of water and 1 cup of cranberries will be enough for at least 4 cocktails.
Bring the water to a boil and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add orange slices if you want to infuse an orange flavor to the juice.
After 5 minutes, mash the cranberries to get the juice out. Then remove the cranberry pulp with a straining spoon. I recommend keeping this to make a quick cranberry sauce!
Let the juice cool, then add stevia to sweeten to taste and pour your juice into a mason jar for storage.
How to make your Cranberry Cadillac margarita
You can rim your glass for appearance, but this cocktail is better without salt (in my humble opinion).
Add the tequila, Grand Mariner, cranberry juice, lime juice and ice to a shaker and shake well. Then add the contents of the shaker to your glass and garnish with frozen cranberries and a slice of orange.
Can you make a frozen Cranberry Cadillac Margarita?
You sure can. You can actually skip the juice-making part and just add the frozen cranberries directly to the blender with the rest of the ingredients.
A Note About The Frozen Cranberries I Used
This post is in collaboration with Cap Code Select Premium Frozen Cranberries. It’s not a sponsored post, but they provided the cranberries for free (which are really good!). If you’re interested in trying them for the juice recipe, you can find them located at these stores. You can also scope them out on social on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
What else should you try?
If you love sugar-free cocktails, then you might want to try my grapefruit skinny margarita next!
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- 1.5 ounces tequila
- .5 ounces Grand Marnier
- 2 ounces cranberry juice (made from fresh cranberries)
- 1 ounce lime juice (fresh squeezed or from a bottle is fine)
- 1/2 cup ice
- Fresh lime for garnish
For the Cranberry Juice
- You can also use regular store bought cranberry juice, but to avoid any added sugars, you’re better off making your own (it’s really simple).
- Start with adding water and cranberries to a pot. You want to go with a 3 to 1 ratio of water and cranberries, so 3 cups of water and 1 cup of cranberries will be enough for at least 4 cocktails.
- Bring the water to a boil and let simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add orange slices if you want to infuse an orange flavor to the juice.
- After 5 minutes, mash the cranberries with a fork to mash out the juice.
- Then remove the cranberry pulp with a straining spoon.
- Let the juice cool, then add stevia to sweeten to taste.
- Pour your juice into a mason jar for storage.
For the Cranberry Orange Cadillac Margarita
- Rim a cocktail glass with sugar (this is optional and purely for show)
- Add the tequila, Grand Marnier, cranberry juice, lime juice and ice to a shaker and shake well.
- Add the contents of the shaker to your glass and garnish with frozen cranberries and a slice of orange..
- Make your own juice to keep this cocktail low sugar.
- Garnish with frozen cranberries for a fun look that will also keep the drink cold!
- To create a frozen cadillac margarita, skip the juice instructions and just add the frozen cranberries directly to the blender.
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- One cocktail is 1 yellow container
Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 1 cocktail
Amount Per Serving Calories 106Carbohydrates 11gNet Carbohydrates 9.4gFiber 1.6gSugar 3.3g