Holiday confession time: I don’t like cranberries. At least, not in food. I KNOW. This time of year, they are everywhere – in chocolate bark, brownies, cookies, pie. They’re as much of a holiday symbol in the food and beverage world as gingerbread and peppermint this time of year.
Cranberry beverages, on the other hand, I whole heartedly support. Cranberry juice, cranberry mimosas, cranberry Moscow mules, cranberry margaritas – all delicious! So what would make them each even MORE delicious and MORE holiday-festive? Combining two of these delightful drinks, of course!
Introducing: the Cranberry Mule-Rita.
That said, I also love margaritas, so why not make a mule cocktail with tequila instead of vodka?
The Hornitos 100% pure agave Añejo tequila is an ideal tequila to use in this cocktail recipe. It’s aged for one to three years in American oak barrels and has the deepest, richest, almost toasted vanilla flavor of all tequilas I’ve tasted so far.
The orange, cranberry, and cinnamon simple syrup add a festive flavor to this Mule-Rita. You’ll notice I didn’t give you exact measurements for the ginger beer. That’s because you should put in as much as you want. Really. I love ginger beer, so I filled my glass almost to the top. If you want more of the true tequila taste, then add less ginger beer and/or less simple syrup.
Make these at your upcoming holiday soiree and spice up the conversation. These Cranberry Mule-Ritas will definitely help you have #NotJustAnyHoliday!
- Cranberry Orange Simple Syrup
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup cranberries
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 ounces Cranberry Orange Simple Syrup
- 2 ounces Hornitos Añejo tequila
- ginger beer non-alcoholic
- lime juice
- In a medium pot over medium heat, combine orange juice, cranberries, sugar, and cinnamon stick and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium and heat for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat. Strain liquid into a measuring cup with pouring spout or a small bowl.
- Prepare two glasses. Pour about 3 ounces of the cranberry orange simple syrup and tequila over ice in each glass.
- Add ginger beer until the glass is almost full.
- Squeeze lime juice
Thanks to Hornitos Tequila for sponsoring social media promotions of this post. I was not required to write an accompanying blog post or create a recipe, but I did because it really is a fabulous tequila and I was so excited to use it to create a deliciously different holiday cocktail! All opinions, photos, recipes are, as always, my own.
Are you a cranberry food fan?