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.
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.
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.
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
- In a pitcher, pour in your favorite tequila. (photo 1)
- Add white cranberry juice. I also found a white cranberry peach juice that works deliciously too! (photo 2)
- Pour in Cointreau and agave syrup. (photo 3)
- Now add a little bit of lime juice. Because every margarita has to have its lime juice. (photo 4)
- This is the magic ingredient that adds all that tropical flavor. Plus it looks like snow for the holidays. (photo 5)
- 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)
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.
Find lots more holiday cocktail recipes here on 2CM!
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White Christmas Margarita
- ½ cup tequila
- ½ cup white cranberry juice
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ¼ cup Cointreau (you could also use Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
- 2+ Tablespoons agave nectar (depending on sweetness desired)
- 2 Tablespoons coconut cream
- ¼ cup coconut rum (optional)
- Garnish: coconut flakes, coarse salt, lime slices
- 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.
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.