The addition of cranberry juice to this party favorite emphasizes the bitter-and-sweet yin-yang of the margarita and makes for a gorgeous two-tone presentation.

Servings 1 margarita

Ingredients

  • Margarita salt or kosher salt optional
  • Ice
  • About 4 ounces limeade from frozen concentrate mixed with water
  • 2 ounces good-quality tequila
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec or Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 ounce cranberry juice
  • 2 lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle a layer of salt onto a small plate, moisten the rim of a cocktail glass, and dip the rim into the salt.

  2. In a cocktail shaker or large glass, combine the limeade, tequila, triple sec, and the juice of 1 of the lime wedges and stir to combine.

  3. Fill the salt-rimmed glass with ice. Add the tequila mixture. Gently pour the cranberry juice on top to keep the juice separate from the rest of the margarita. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve. 

 

Photography Dane Tashima / Styling Jeanne Kelley