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Cranberry Juice and Tequila Recipe

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A simple Cranberry Juice and Tequila cocktail recipe is mixed in just moments using two basic ingredients. It’s sweet, refreshing and simply perfect for so many different occasions. If you love tequila you’re going to LOVE this cocktail! You don’t need tons of ingredients to make something delicious!

Cranberry juice cocktail in front of bottles of tequila and cranberry juice.
Let’s make a simple cranberry and tequila cocktail.

A 2-ingredient cocktail you’ll love

You’re going to love this Cranberry Juice and Tequila recipe, especially on those days when you’re looking for a super quick and easy drink idea that’s delicious.

This tequila twist on a Cape Cod (which is made with vodka) is the perfect sweet 2-ingredient cocktail for tequila lovers!

I love a good tequila cocktail, and cranberry juice is just an obvious pairing. It is sweet, fruity, and not so overpowering you won’t also be able to enjoy the tequila.

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And, for sure, you should go the extra mile and squeeze a little bit of lime into the drink. It really helps to cut the sweetness of the juice and make it deliciously balanced. You might even try salting the rim of your glass since we know that’s great with margaritas.

This low-effort cocktail is another way to use tequila that you may not have thought of. And while you can make this drink any time of year, cranberry just screams “holiday” to me! If you need a festive but stupid easy cocktail idea, this is it!

Ingredients

Bottles of cranberry juice and tequila on the countertop.
What you need to make this cranberry juice and tequila recipe.

Here’s what you need to make a Tequila and Cranberry Juice Cocktail:

Tequila – I like the clean flavor of tequila blanco in this recipe. But you can use reposado or joven if you prefer. Cazadores is a great brand or you can read about my other favorite tequila brands.

Cranberry Juice – I used 100% Juice Cranberry Juice but you can use cranberry juice cocktail if you prefer your cocktails a little bit sweeter.

Use fresh lime juice if at all possible as it has the best bright flavor. Technically this is just a garnish but I think you absolutely should squeeze it into the drink.

See the printable recipe card for quantities and full recipe.

Directions

Cocktail jigger of tequila.

Step 1

Measure the tequila into the cocktail shaker.

Jigger filled with cranberry juice.

Step 2

Then add the cranberry juice.

Cocktail shaker filled with cranberry juice and ice.

Step 3

Add ice and shake well.

Cranberry and tequila cocktail over a giant ice cube garnished with a fresh rosemary sprig.

Step 4

Strain over fresh ice and add your choice of garnish (I’ve included some ideas below!).

Garnish with lime or at the very least squeeze a little lime into the cocktail before garnishing with something else.

Variations

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I garnish this cranberry cocktail?

For the holidays, I like to add a rosemary sprig, and perhaps a few fresh cranberries either floating in the glass or speared with a cocktail stick. Otherwise fresh lime is always delicious (squeeze a little into the drink for added complexity!) and a salt rim is always a good idea on tequila-based cocktails.

Can I make this cocktail less sweet?

Sure! Top it up with a little soda water to water down the cranberry juice, and also add a pleasant bit of fizz! Also, make sure you buy the 100% cranberry juice and not the juice cocktail which has sugar or corn syrup added.

Close up of a cranberry and tequila cocktail on a white marble countertop.

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Cranberry and tequila cocktail over a giant ice cube garnished with a fresh rosemary sprig.

Refreshing Cranberry and Tequila Cocktail

You're going to love this simple and refreshing Cranberry Juice and Tequila two-ingredient cocktail recipe for the holidays!
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Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 137kcal

Ingredients

  • 1.5-2 oz tequila depending on desired strength
  • 3-4 oz cranberry juice (100% Juice, not cranberry cocktail) depending on desired sweetness

Instructions

  • Add both the ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well.
  • Strain into a glass with fresh ice.
  • Garnish with fresh lime, squeezing a little into the glass for extra flavor!

Notes

Garnish Ideas
For the holidays, I like to add a rosemary sprig, and perhaps a few fresh cranberries either floating in the glass or speared with a cocktail stick. Otherwise fresh lime is always delicious (squeeze a little into the drink for added complexity!) and a salt rim is always a good idea on tequila based cocktails.
If you want a sweeter cocktail, use cranberry juice cocktail instead of 100% Cranberry Juice. And if you are making this near the holidays, consider making my spiced cranberry juice for a more festive flavor!

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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