Cheers to this Holiday Margarita Recipe


It’s New Mexico. We enjoy tacos every day all day. So I think we should be able to enjoy a margarita year round too! Just because it’s a little chilly out doesn’t mean we need to hide the tequila. (But, of course, drink responsibly, mamas.)

So here’s a recipe for Holiday Margaritas that puts a little festive spin on the traditional margarita.

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I served these recently at ABQ Mom’s team holiday party. And they were a huge hit. So I couldn’t keep the recipe to myself. Serve these at your next holiday gathering for an extra dose of holiday cheer.

Holiday Margarita Recipe

Ingredients (serves 4)

1 cup tequila

1 cup cranberry juice

1/2 cup lime juice

1/2 cup Triple Sec

1/4 cup coconut cream

1/2 cup coconut rum


sprigs of rosemary

whole cranberries

sweetened coconut

coarse salt


1. Freeze your festive ice cubes.

I have some giant ice cube trays, but you could do this with regular size ice cube trays as well. Freeze a few cranberries and a sprig of rosemary with water. Once they’re frozen, add some to each glass to make it so pretty!

2. Garnish your glasses.

Using a two-to-one ratio, combine 2 parts sweetened coconut and 1 part coarse salt in a food processor. (I had a lot of people over, so I used one cup of coconut and 1/2 cup of salt.) Grind coconut and salt, and put in a bowl. Dip the rim of glasses in water and then in the coconut/salt mixture, which will result in snowy glassware. Pretty!

3. Slice the limes.

Slice your limes and garnish the glasses because it’s Christmas. We need red and green in more than just our chile.

4. Mix up a batch!

Combine tequila, cranberry juice, lime juice, Triple Sec, coconut cream, and coconut rum. Shake it. Stir it. Or put it in a blender. Serve over ice and enjoy!

Check out our round-up of holiday recipes for some favorite dishes to serve with this fun cocktail!

Originally published December 2019.

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Vanessa Bush
Vanessa loves her people and loves Albuquerque and has lots to say about both. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, Nate, and they have three kids (Micah, Corban, & Evangeline). Originally from Florida, she’s lived in Albuquerque since 2009 when she and her family relocated to start a new church. Even though she misses wearing flip-flops year-round, New Mexico has truly enchanted her, and the desert feels like home. When she is not chauffeuring children about town, Vanessa works as the Director of Strategy and part-owner of Truly Social Digital Marketing Agency, enjoys volunteering at church, loves watching college football, and drinks a little too much coffee. She is passionate about connecting women with each other, loving her people, and finding the good in her place. Follow her on Instagram @vanessamaebush.



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