Cranberries transcend seasonality. While fresh cranberries are at their peak in the wintertime, and can transform any drink into a holiday treat, cranberry juice—even the sweetened bottled kind—tastes just as delicious in the summertime, especially when mixed into a refreshing cocktail like a Margarita. This Cranberry Margarita is fantastic any time of the year; you can enjoy it during the cooler seasons for a burst of fruity seasonality, or you can whip it up in the spring or summer as an easy, sweet-tart refreshment on a hot day. Bright and grassy blanco tequila, puckering cranberry and tangy lime come together in perfect harmony. And while we typically opt for agave nectar to sweeten Margaritas, there’s no denying the unbeatable combination of cranberry and orange. So we swapped out the agave for Cointreau orange liqueur (though any high-quality orange liqueur, like Combier or Gran Gala, will do the trick). Pretty as it looks, the drink is ridiculously easy to make. If you can juice a lime, you can make this cocktail. Simply add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice, give it a good ten-second shake, and strain it into a glass filled with fresh ice. Be sure to garnish the cocktail with a skewer of plump, whole cranberries. It will impress all of your friends, but don’t wait to throw a party to make one of these. The cocktail is a great after work drink.
Whether mixologists want to admit it or not, the cocktail world is in debt to the Cosmopolitan. It helped launch the cocktail revolution at the tail end of the 1990s and exposed a wider audience to the concept of craft cocktails.
Much like a night of drinking Cosmo after Cosmo, the history of the cocktail is blurry. A few bartenders cl...