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The holiday season, aka heaven for all Pinterest-loving party planners, is finally here! Every year I host an annual Christmas party for my friends and family, and every year I choose a different holiday cocktail as my signature drink. Champagne is typically my go-to base; however, I’ve exhausted just about every flavor of mimosa under the sun, including sweet green pear mimosas. Hence, for 2015 I decided to change it up and add a fun twist to the already-popular cranberry margarita. What makes cranberry juice taste even more festive? Basil! This cranberry basil margarita recipe is simple and ridiculously easy to make. It requires under five minutes of prep time, and it tastes fresh, festive, and just plain delicious.
Here’s what you’ll need to make an individual Cranberry Basil Margarita (substitute and add supplemental flavoring as you see fit): Margarita Salt for rim | 3/4 cups tequila of choice (I used 100% pure agave Hornitos)| 1/2 cup Triple Sec | 1 cup Cranberry Juice | 1/2 cup freshly-squeezed Lime Juice (equivalent to 1 lime) | 4-6 Basil Leaves | Frozen Cranberries for chilling and decor. Keep reading for the full recipe, including step-by-step instructions. There’s also a recipe card below that you can save/share/print for safe keeping.
After you’ve got your bartending essentials together, salt the rim(s) of your cocktail glass. Next, combine the tequila, Triple Sec, Simple Syrup, cranberry juice, lime juice, and basil leaves in a cocktail shaker. Shake thoroughly. Serve in glass over ice or frozen cranberries (or both) for an added holiday touch. Garnish with lime slices. For added basil flavor, muddle basil leaves at the bottom of each glass.
What drinks are you mixing up this holiday season? I’m all ears for cocktail recipe ideas for 2016 (and throughout the remainder of 2015, as well). If you’re looking for non-tequila beverage variety, other favorite holiday cocktail recipes of mine are these delicious espresso peppermint macchiato drinks and these refreshing holiday pomegranate spritzers. Enjoy!