Margaritas with Cranberry Champagne

Cranberry champagne margaritas are a fast and simple beverage to make; just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes are required! They’re tangy, somewhat sweet, and the ideal Christmas beverage. Try a Cranberry Mimosa for something even easier, and be sure to check out all of my other champagne-centered dishes that are wonderful for New Year’s Eve!

On New Year’s Eve, I make a champagne-centered dish. Let us take a little stroll down memory lane:

  • Champagne Cupcakes in 2015 (honorable mention to the Cranberry Mimosa, which wasnt for NYE but fits the theme)
  • Mimosa Jello Shots in 2016
  • Nutella Champagne Dip in 2017
  • White Chocolate Champagne Truffles in 2018

These Cranberry Champagne Margaritas may now be added to the list for 2019!

As you may recall from previous years, my husband and I cook tacos and margaritas every New Year’s Eve. Then we’ll put one of the New Year’s Eve countdown programs on in the background and complete a puzzle. Over here, we truly enjoy life on the wild side.

P.S. This year’s puzzle is a Bob’s Burgers puzzle, and I’m ridiculously psyched about it.

Because we typically have a Mexican-themed supper, I figured it was about time I added my champagne theme to our New Year’s Eve festivities.

Ingredients for cranberry champagne margaritas

  • Optional margarita salt or sugar
  • 1 cup of cranberry juice
  • 1 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • cuptequila
  • orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • Champagne, to finish (about 1 ounce per drink)
  • Simple syrup, if desired
  • Toppings: fresh cranberries and lime wedges

Making cranberry champagne margaritas

They’re not difficult to create, but here are a few pointers to help you make them right for your unique tastes:

Decorate the rims with salt, sugar, or both! I prefer to use a combination of King Arthur Flour Sparkling White Sugar (aff link) and margarita salt for these, but you can definitely use whatever you like. Just moisten the rims of each glass with water or lime juice before dipping to coat.

Instead of cranberry juice drink, use cranberry juice. Cranberry juice cocktail bottles typically include water, cranberry juice concentrate, sugar, ascorbic acid, and vegetable concentrate. Unsweetened 100% cranberry juice comprises just water and cranberry juice concentrate.

If you want a sweeter cocktail, add some simple syrup. If you want it a little sweeter, add a small drop of simple syrup and give it a short swirl after you’ve shaken and poured the drink into the glass.

Pick the best champagne for your preferences. I like an Extra Dry or Brut, but you may use anything you choose. If you need assistance choosing, this image depicts the various levels of sweetness.

I prefer to top mine with a few fresh cranberries and a slice of lime; it adds a little flare, and who doesn’t want more of that around the holidays?

We can’t put a string of lights in our beverages to make them seem more festive, but fruit garnish will have to do.

Have a good Christmas and a happy New Year if you aren’t back around the site after today. Roarin’ twenties, here we come!

Cranberry Champagne Margaritas

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Prep Time: 5mins
Total Time: 5mins
Servings: 4drinks
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    ✓ Properly measure ingredients
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Cranberry champagne margaritas are a quick and easy cocktail to whip up – you only need 5 ingredients and 5 minutes! They’re tart, slightly sweet and the perfect festive drink for the holidays.


  • Shaker for cocktails


  • Optional margarita salt or sugar
  • 1 cup of cranberry juice
  • 1 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • cuptequila
  • cuporange liqueur, like as Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • Champagne (around 1 ounce per drink)**
  • Simple syrup, if desired
  • Toppings: fresh cranberries and lime wedges


  • To rim the edges, use sugar. Fill each glass halfway with ice.
    Salt or sugar in a margarita?

    Sprinkle a small plate with margarita salt or sugar (or a combination!) and moisten the rims of your glasses with lime juice or water. Salt the tops of your glasses.

  • 4 cup liqueur orange
    2 c. tequila 12 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed 1
    Shake cranberry juice, lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur with ice in a cocktail shaker.
    1 cup cranberry juice*, 1 cup water
  • Pour into prepared glasses. Take a brief taste and adjust to your liking; if additional sweetness is necessary, add a little simple syrup and whisk it in.
    The simple syrup
  • Serve immediately with lime wedges. Cheers!
    Prosecco, fresh cranberries, and slices of lime

    Pour champagne into each glass and garnish with fresh cranberries.


Type of cranberry juice: Just make sure you’re using cranberry juice and not a “cranberry cocktail” juice.Type of champagne: I prefer to use an Extra Dry or Brut, but you can use whatever type you prefer. This picture shows you the different variations in sweetness if you need help deciding.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
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