Cocktails & Apéritifs, Essensia, Fall, Winter

We don’t know about you, but we’re always in the mood for a margarita, not just when Mother Nature cranks up the heat during summer months. Put away your pool rafts & pineapples and grab your cozy wear & cranberries for a cocktail with holiday flair! This cranberry orange margarita recipe from Beth Cantu combines the terrific tartness of cranberry juice with a splash of citrusy sweetness from Essensia Orange Muscat; it’s the perfect pairing of flavors for rockin’ around the Christmas tree til Santa drops down the chimney.

(Just note: This cranberry orange margarita is so delicious he might want to join the party and leave delivering presents to the elves!)

Cranberry Orange Margarita with Essensia Orange Muscat Dessert Wine

3 oz. cranberry juice
1½ oz. blanco tequila
1 oz. Essensia Orange Muscat
1 oz. fresh lime juice
¼ oz. simple syrup or agave
Garnishes: sugar (for rim of glass), fresh cranberries, fresh rosemary


Rim the glass with sugar and add ice. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until mixed. Pour over ice. Garnish with fresh cranberries and sprigs of fresh rosemary. Grab your cranberry orange margarita and toast to your excellent taste in holiday cocktails!

Cranberry Orange Margarita made with Essensia Orange Muscat and garnished with fresh cranberries and sprigs of rosemary

Quady Essensia Orange Muscat is a full-bodied, sweet wine made with orange muscat grapes. Its spicy, orange-apricot-pear flavors and aromas are the perfect complement to the tartness of cranberries for a festive interplay of flavors in a margarita that’s sure to become a new holiday favorite. Essensia is also a fabulous dessert wine to sip alongside desserts and cheeses of all kinds. Bake with it, sip it, add it to cocktails, and enjoy the essence of orange muscat grapes embodied in this wine for a true treat in every sense.

Looking for more margarita recipe ideas? Try our Smoked Orange Mezcal Margarita and Orange Coconut Cream Margarita – both made with Essensia. And don’t forget, if you try them and like them, make sure to let us know by tagging us on social @quadywinery … cheers!

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