‘Tis the season. This year give the classic margarita a seasonal twist by making a Cranberry Margarita.
Cranberries are a staple of the season and are a powerhouse fruit. They are 45 calories per cup, and are full of fiber and vitamin C. They are antioxidant superstars, and according to WebMD.com they outrank nearly every other fruit and veggies on the antioxidant list. They are second only to the blueberry.
Total time: 50 minutes
¾ C. cranberries, fresh or thawed frozen
¼ C. sugar
1 tsp. orange zest, finely grated
2 Tbs. orange juice, fresh squeezed
1 Tbs. kosher salt
1 Tbs. sugar
1 ½ tsp. Chinese five-spice powder
2 Tbs. cranberry compote
1 lime wedge
2-oz. lime juice, fresh squeezed
4-oz. orange juice, fresh squeezed
For the Cranberry Compote.
in a medium saucepan combine cranberries, sugar, orange juice and ¼ cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking 30 to 40 minutes longer. Stir the mixture occasionally until it is thick and resembles jam. Add in orange zest. Remove from heat and let cool.
For the Cranberry Margarita.
On a shallow dish mix salt, sugar, Chinese five-spice powder.
Using a lime wedge rub the rims of a rocks glass, and dip the rims into the sugar and salt mixture. Repeat with all glasses.
In a shaker, combine ½-oz. lime juice, 1-oz. orange juice, 2 Tbs. Cranberry Compote, and 1.5-oz. tequila. Fill the shaker with ice. Cover and shake for 30 seconds. Strain into sugar and salt rimmed glass. Repeat three more times.
Please remember to drink this adult’s only cocktail responsibly. And have a happy holiday!