Hey friends and thanks for joining me for another Friday at the bar. Tina loves Confections of a Foodie Bride and she forwarded me a link of her beautiful Cranberry Margarita the other day. It sounds to me like Shawnda may love margaritas as much as Tina. Well, I have to thank her for the inspiration (as if I need a reason to present another Margarita recipe). Thank you Foodie Bride and believe me, Tina thanks you too! 

Sorry, Cinco de Mayo, you can’t be the only Holiday synonymous with the Margarita; now thanks to this recipe, Thanksgiving can be too! I have to say, this is probably my favorite margarita to date (which says a lot considering we did an entire month of Margaritas around here).

The color of this margarita is absolutely beautiful. This little delight is perfectly balanced; sweet up front but that soft tart finish lingers at the end of every sip. Plus, it has tequila and fresh citrus in there and what drink isn’t awesome with that combination. 

Look, I hear you, wine goes great with Thanksgiving dinner. And beer goes better with the big football game.  But a margarita ALWAYS makes people happy when gathered. This drink will supply you with a great reason to Give Thanks.
Happy Holidays and CHEERS!
 
The Hubs
 

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Cranberry Pomegranate Margarita

Ingredients:

For the Cranberry Pomegranate Syrup:
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
zest of 1 orange

For the Cranberry Pomegranate Margarita:
3 oz cranberry pomegranate syrup
2 oz tequila (gold or silver)
1 oz triple sec
1 oz fresh lime juice

Directions:

For the Cranberry Pomegranate Syrup:
Combine ingredients in a sauce pan that has a fitted lid over medium high heat. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar has dissolved. Cover sauce pan with lid (stir occasionally, making sure it doesn't boil over). Once the cranberries burst, bring the heat to low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and blend with an immersion blender (or allow to cool and carefully blend in a blender or food processor for 30 seconds). Pour syrup through a fine strainer into an air tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to one week

For the Cranberry Pomegranate Margarita:
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass or cocktail shaker and stir or shake well. Fill glass with crushed ice and pour drink over ice.

For the Overachievers:
Prior to filling your glass, take two small shallow plates and pour a few ounces of water one plate and cover the bottom of another plate in coarse sugar (sugar in the raw). Lightly moisten edge of glass in water filled plate and then “rim” the moistened glass edge in the coarse sugar. Pour in your ice and drink and look like a pro! Garnish with a skewered cranberries!