Mistletoe Margarita

The original Frosted Mistletoe Margarita recipe comes from Half Baked Harvest. My nephew Tim made a few adjustments before making it for us on Christmas Eve.



• 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

• 2 tablespoons kosher salt

• 1 1/2 cups silver tequila (Patron Silver)

• 2 cups cranberry juice

• 3/4 cup Cointreau  (orange liquor)

• 1/2 cup fresh lime juice

• 2 tablespoons honey

• zest from 2 tangelos

• 3-4 cups ice

• rosemary and sugared cranberries, for serving


  • 1. Combine the sugar and salt on a shallow plate. Rim each glass in salted sugar.

  • 2. In a large pitcher, combine the tequila, cranberry juice, orange liquor, lime juice, and honey. Add the ice and stir until well-combined. Add the orange zest and stir in as well. Pour over into your prepared glasses.

  • Garnish with rosemary and sugared cranberries (see recipe below)


    • 1. In a medium bowl, stir together 2 cups fresh cranberries with 1/2 cup pure maple syrup. Let sit 10-15 minutes. Strain the cranberries, pour onto a baking sheet.

      2. Toss the cranberries with 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar until all the cranberries are coated. Let the cranberries dry, in a single layer, for at least one hour.


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