White Christmas Margarita

The holidays never tasted so good! This White Christmas Margarita has all the flavors of your standard margarita with the addition of white cranberry juice and coconut. Make it for 2 or a crowd and put a little bit of tropical in your winter cocktail.

Two margaritas with lime wedge on white table with deer in background.

I love my margaritas all year long, Carrot Margaritas for spring, Fresh Watermelon Margaritas for summer, and Apple Cider Margaritas for fall, but today I wanted to make one a little more wintery to help me get into the Christmas spirit way down here in sunny Florida. And, being a Floridian, we have plenty of cocktails centered around coconut cream and cranberry juice so it seemed like a no-brainer to add them to, what I like to call, my White Christmas Margarita.

Overhead of holiday margaritas with pomegranate arils and slice of lime.

Keeping this drink on the white side was the hard part but I was bound and determined to keep this drink white. So instead of using a regular cranberry juice I opted for a white cranberry juice! Yep, there is a version in white! Woohoo! It was the perfect solution for this white Christmas margarita recipe!

A winter margarita with a tropical flair

I made at least 3 or 4 different batches (wheeeee!) as I had to get just the right quantities of every ingredient to make it taste fantastically tropical & delicious. It’s basically my standard margarita with the addition of white cranberry juice, coconut cream and coconut rum. You can opt for regular rum here as well but I like the additional coconut flavor that coconut rum adds.

Cocktails on white table with sugared cranberries and ornaments scattered around.

Now, if you want to make this Christmas margarita look as festive as possible, just whip up some holiday ice cubes too. Drop 3 pomegranate arils (I like them because they’re smaller than cranberries and you can eat them as well) and a small sprig of rosemary in each cavity of an ice cube tray. Fill with water and freeze. That’s it!

I also like to rim the glasses with a combination of coconut flakes and coarse salt which I put through my coffee grinder to make the coconut flakes finer. Now doesn’t that holiday margarita just look deliciously tropical and Christmassy all at the same time?

How to make a white cranberry margarita

Easy steps to make white margarita.

  1. In a pitcher, pour in your favorite tequila. (photo 1)
  2. Add white cranberry juice. I also found a white cranberry peach juice that works deliciously too! (photo 2)
  3. Pour in Cointreau and agave syrup. (photo 3)
  4. Now add a little bit of lime juice. Because every margarita has to have its lime juice. (photo 4)
  5. This is the magic ingredient that adds all that tropical flavor. Plus it looks like snow for the holidays. (photo 5)
  6. Top it off with some coconut rum. You can also add just regular rum but it won’t be quite as tropical tasting. Stir and pour into coconut rimmed glasses filled with ice. (photo 6)

Closeup holding white christmas margarita to see coconut rim and holiday ice cubes.

Make this holiday margarita for 2 or for a whole crowd (it looks pretty as a picture in a punch bowl) and put a little tropical in your winter cocktail. I can guarantee that everyone will be in the Christmas spirit in no time! This really is one of the best Christmas tequila cocktails you’ll ever taste. Cheers!

Holiday Cocktails to Enjoy

Pecan Pie Shots rimmed with caramel and pecans are sweet, creamy, and great dessert cocktails.

Christmas Martini made with eggnog, amaretto, and vanilla vodka is perfect for holiday cocktail parties.

Christmas Mimosa with champagne, cranberry, and a touch of orange.

Perfectly Peppermint White Russian from Julie Blanner

Buckeye Cocktail is perfect for chocolate and peanut butter lovers.

Vodka Christmas Drink made with apple cider and cranberry juice.

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Closeup of two white christmas margaritas with lime wedge and sugared cranberries around them.

White Christmas Margarita

The holidays never tasted so good! This White Christmas Margarita has all the flavors of your standard margarita with the addition of white cranberry juice and coconut. Make it for 2 or a crowd and put a little bit of tropical in your winter cocktail.
5 from 2 votes
Print Rate
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 450kcal
Author: Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup white cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau (you could also use Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
  • 2+ Tablespoons agave nectar (depending on sweetness desired)
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup coconut rum (optional)
  • Garnish: coconut flakes, coarse salt, lime slices

Instructions

  • In a large shaker, combine all ingredients. Shake well.
  • Grind coconut flakes and salt so they are a little finer. Place on flat plate.
  • Run a lime wedge around edge of glasses and dip into coconut-salt mixture.
  • Place ice cubes (for decorative ice cubes see note below) in 2 glasses. Divide contents between glasses.
  • Garnish edge of glass with a slice of lime.

Video

Notes

To make decorative ice cubes, place 3 pomegranate arils & a small sprig of rosemary in ice cube tray. Fill each cavity with water and freeze.

Nutrition

Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

This post has been updated with a video and step-by-step instructions so anyone can make it. It was first published on December 10, 2017.

White Christmas Margarita

20 Comments

  • Reply
    Mary Lennon
    12/26/2020 at 3:53 pm

    5 stars
    This was great for a holiday crowd!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      01/06/2021 at 10:09 am

      So glad everyone liked it! Happy New Year!

  • Reply
    Genie Merrer
    12/21/2019 at 10:49 pm

    I can’t find white cranberry juice. I need it for 12-23. Any suggestions?

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/22/2019 at 12:46 pm

      Walmart and Target carry it by me and it says Amazon has it as well although I don’t know if you can get it by tomorrow. You could try subbing in white grape juice. I haven’t tried it but it might just turn out to be a new yummy cocktail. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  • Reply
    Michelle
    12/18/2019 at 11:53 pm

    What type of tequila do you use?

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/19/2019 at 3:33 pm

      Any type of tequila will do. I’ve used Pinnacle, Milagro, Don Julio and Patron.

  • Reply
    Kalli C
    12/18/2019 at 7:00 am

    5 stars
    What kind of coconut cream? Thanks!

  • Reply
    Kristen
    12/17/2019 at 4:27 pm

    I wanted to make a large batch of this for a party. Do you think the shaker is required to create the right consistency, or would stirring suffice? I want to make 2 gallons of this, and I worry about the time it would take to make it.

    Also, with making 2 gallons, how much should I multiply this recipe by?

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/17/2019 at 5:30 pm

      This would be easy to make into a large batch for a party. No need for the shaker. If you are using the 1/4 cup coconut rum, and making 32 cups (2 gallons), you would have to multiply by 21 to make close to 2 gallons. Sounds like a fun party!

  • Reply
    Kalli
    12/14/2019 at 3:31 pm

    Looks so good! What kind of coconut cream do you use?

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/15/2019 at 8:49 pm

      I use Coco Lopez but probably any brand would work just as well. Hope you enjoy and Merry Christmas!

  • Reply
    Kati Arkenberg
    12/11/2019 at 10:04 am

    I’d like to make this recipe non-alcoholic for a baby shower. Should I just omit the alcohol or do you have any suggestions? Thank you!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/15/2019 at 8:56 pm

      You could use a non-alcoholic margarita mix and leave out lime juice and triple sec. Add the white cranberry juice and coconut cream and I think it should turn out delicious You will have to gauge the amounts as I haven’t tried it this way. Have fun!

  • Reply
    Crystal
    11/18/2019 at 8:48 pm

    Well these look fantastic! However….tequila and I don’t get along so well. What do you think would be a good substitution?

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      11/22/2019 at 10:18 am

      You can actually make this drink with vodka. There are other margarita drinks made with vodka and they even have a name for them – a vodkarita. I haven’t tried mine with it yet so let me know how it is.

  • Reply
    Kris Lampe
    12/22/2018 at 2:13 pm

    These were amazing! I made a giant batch for a party and everyone raved about them.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      01/11/2019 at 4:03 pm

      Woohoo! Wish I’d been there to help you enjoy them. 🙂

  • Reply
    Julie
    12/16/2018 at 10:48 am

    How much of each would I use to make a pitcher full. Or a punch bowl?

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/16/2018 at 9:12 pm

      Most pitchers hold about 68-oz or about 8 8-oz servings, so just multiply each of the ingredients by 4.

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