Holiday Spiced Cranberry Margaritas #ChristmasWeek #Freund

My second recipe contribution to Christmas week is my latest cocktail concoction, Holiday Spiced Cranberry Margaritas. I am a huge cranberry fan and they make most excellent margaritas and the addition of a spiced cranberry simple syrup makes them a sure to be a hit at any holiday cocktail party this season! Or maybe just to sip on while at home and wrapping presents.
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Welcome to Day #5 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day from Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th. I will have one more fun recipe for tomorrow with one more fabulous giveaway.
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When I first saw the details about Kim and Jen’s Christmas Week 2.0 I was so excited to sign up. At first their rules were going to be just baked items only or at least part of the item had to be made in an oven. Then they decided to expand the recipe selection a little more to allow other fun Christmas themed recipes such as cocktails. So I knew I wanted to share this margarita I had been thinking about for a while now. There is another reason behind these Holiday Spiced Cranberry Margaritas besides Christmas week and the fun giveaways.
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If you remember the Very Pink Raspberry Cosmopolitan I made last year in honor of my friend Barb and her daughter who had been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, I have some amazing news. Lauren is cancer free!!! Totally incredible, right?  Barb has kept us all updated on how her daughter was doing through her treatments, hair loss and her final check up to let her know she kicked cancers ass. I know how scared Barb and Lauren both were the day of diagnosis and I know how incredibly thrilled they both are that the cancer has hit the road. I knew this would call for another cocktail in honor of Lauren. Barb is one of my blogging friends that is known for her Friday cocktails on her awesome blog, Creative Culinary,  and when I was planning this post I told her I had a Friday cocktail planned and we should post together today. Check out Barb’s cocktail for today HERE.  And congrats again Lauren – so thrilled for you!! The next virtual cocktail I will have for Barb is when she finally gets to move into her new house, which I hope is sooner than later!!
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Holiday Spiced Cranberry Margaritas #ChristmasWeek #Freund
Recipe type: Cocktail
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Serves: 4
Spiced Holiday Cranberry Margaritas makes 4 drinks
For the Margaritas
  • 4 Tsbp Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup
  • ¾ C Silver Tequila
  • ½ c Patron Citronage or Grand Marnier
  • ¾ c Cranberry juice
  • 4 Tbsp Lime juice
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Sugared Cranberries
  • Extra simple syrup and green sugar for rimming glasses
For the Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ¼ c sugar
  • 2 Tbsp whole allspice
  • 2 Tbsp whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • One 2” fresh nob of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 c fresh cranberries, rinsed
For the simple syrup
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Raise heat and simmer the mixture for about 5-6 minutes or until the cranberries start to split. Once most have split remove the pan from the heat and cover with a lid. Let sit for 2 hours for the flavors to infuse. After the two hours strain the mixture into a jar using a mesh strainer, pressing the mixture against the strainer to extract all of the flavor. Keep in a resealable container and chill completely until ready to use.
For the Margaritas
  1. Dip the rim of the glasses in a shallow bowl of simple syrup and then immediately into a shallow bowl of green sanding sugar. Let dry completely. Once dry fill the glasses with ice. In a cocktail shaker with ice add 4 Tbsp of the spiced cranberry simple syrup, the tequila, orange liqueur, cranberry and lime juice. Cover and shake well then strain into the 4 glasses. Taste and add more simple syrup if desired. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and sugared cranberry skewers.

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Today’s #ChristmasWeek giveaway comes courtesy of Freund Container & Supply. Freund Container & Supply has been helping build businesses since 1938 as the largest distributor of glass bottles, containers, and wholesale packaging supplies online. Freund offers over 5,000 items in stock every day, 98% same day shipping, and low-price guarantees. Take a look at Freund’s wide selection of jars, tins, bottles and vials for all your crafting and food related needs! Today’s winner will receive one $250 Freund gift certificate, as well as one copy of “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays”. To enter, read the details and use the Rafflecopter below! ***This giveaway is for one $250 gift certificate to Freund Container & Supply, as well as one copy of “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays”. Gift certificate is a one-time use certificate and must be used in its entirety; any leftover monies on the gift certificate will be forfeited. This giveaway is open to both US and Canadian residents. However, it should be noted that due to current International shipping rates, any Canadian winners will pay higher shipping costs for orders. ***

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***Disclaimer: This gift certificate is being provided by Freund Container & Supply, while the cookbook has been provided by Juanita’s Cocina. #ChristmasWeek bloggers have not received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***

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  1. 1) These are the prettiest dang margaritas I have ever seen! 2) After I consume 5 of them, they probably won’t be looking as pretty 3) I want to consume 5 right now. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere ya? Theses are seriously perfect girl!

  2. I would definitely get some holiday tins for next year’s baking!
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  3. One of my fave holiday cocktail flavors!! Yum!
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig recently posted…Butterscotch-Walnut-Chocolate BarsMy Profile

  4. Shanna, these sound SOOO good. And as always, you’re photos are gorgeous. pinning and sharing all over the place :)
    Holly Waterfall recently posted…Avocado & Tofu Lettuce WrapsMy Profile

  5. 8.5-oz. Clear Glass Bale Wire Swing Top Bottles.

  6. These definitely caught my eye! So festive…I want one :)
    Aggie recently posted…Gingerbread Spiced NutsMy Profile

  7. Stunning cocktail and your pictures are breathtaking!!!

  8. I think the clear glass milk bottles are great and I would get those for sure!

  9. I like the blue glass Fiji bottle!

  10. I would buy more plastic containers to finish out my new kitchen storage.

  11. Oh holy night, Shanna!
    Words can’t even express how much I love your photos for this recipe! That second one? The extreme close-up? Made my JAW DROP. Gorgeous, lady. Simply gorgeous. And so flippin’ festive. High five!
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  12. I love these! they look like little Christmas elves.

  13. Seriously, could these BE any more festive? I’ve got a serious case of the sparklies just looking at them. Also, that is AWESOME that your friend’s daughter is cancer free. I’ll toast to that!
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  14. There you go with those pretty sugared cranberries again. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cocktail as pretty as this one and I bet it tastes good too!
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  15. Jane Downes says:

    I’d get an assortment of Ball jars from small (for peach jam) to large (for storing bulk rice, beans and grains in the pantry)
    BTW the Margaritas look very festive!

  16. I would order an assortment of jars and bottles for jams, honey, wine and other fun gifts !

  17. mason jars…fill them up and give as presents.

  18. These look fab, Shanna. I am seriously considering making them for Christmas Eve now. Pinning too.
    Carolyn recently posted…Triple Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti – Low Carb and Gluten-FreeMy Profile

  19. What a great celebratory margarita! Gorgeous pics!

    Happy day #5!
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted…Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cobbler ~ #ChristmasWeek Day 6 with a #CakeBossBaking #Giveaway!My Profile

  20. One word: gorgeous! I love everything about this delicious cocktail. Pinned.

  21. These look gorgeous and so delicious. This is a great recipe for a Christmas Day cocktail! Pinning!
    Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! recently posted…Elf Nibbles for #ChristmasWeek and a #CakeBossBaking Giveaway!My Profile

  22. One thing I would buy is the Seamless Tins w/Window. So many ways I could customize those for many different gifts!

  23. If I win one thing that I would buy would definitely be some glass jugs to store my home brewed kefir :)

  24. Delicious. I will try it this Christmas.

    This way I will surprise my wife. Thanks!
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