This beautiful pink margarita gets its color from a cranberry juice cocktail, making it an excellent pink cocktail for Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, or Cinco de Mayo.
With lime juice, triple sec, sweet and sour mix, and cranberry juice, this marvelous pink alcoholic drink can be enjoyed with a lime wedge and mint.
Why You’ll Love This Margarita
- Beautiful Margarita – This stunning margarita makes a beautiful pink drink.
- Refreshing Cocktail – A traditional margarita is transformed into a cranberry margarita.
What You’ll Need
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- Citrus Juicer – can be used for fresh lime juice.
- Cocktail shaker – can use if you only want a single margarita.
- Cocktail Glasses
Below I discuss the ingredients and possible substitutions in case you don’t have a specific ingredient. However, if you are looking for the specific measurements of each ingredient, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this article, just above the comments, for the printable recipe card, which includes all the ingredients and the specific amounts of each one.
- Tequila Blanco – or use your favorite tequila.
- Sweet and Sour Mix
- Triple Sec
- Cranberry Juice Cocktail – like this one.
- Mint (Optional) – I use mint as a garnish. If you want, you could use a sprig of rosemary as a garnish instead.
- Salt (Optional) – I used margarita salt on the rim of the glasses. However, you could use any type of course salt or sugar to rim the glasses.
How To Make A Pink Margarita
- In a 2-quart pitcher, combine the ice, tequila, sweet and sour mix, triple sec, cranberry juice, lime juice, and mint. Stir to combine. (Photos 1 – 4)
- When ready to serve, moisten the edge of the glass with a lime wedge and rim in margarita salt. Fill with ice. (Photo 5)
- Pour into prepared glasses and serve with a lime wedge and fresh mint. Serve immediately. (Photo 6)
If you’re making the pitcher of margaritas in advance (about 4 hours), do not add the ice until ready to serve. Otherwise, the margaritas will be very watered down. Don’t add ice to the pitcher; instead, proceed to add the rest of the ingredients. Store the pitcher of margaritas in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
- Mocktail Margarita – Leave out the tequila to make a mocktail margarita.
- Pink Lemonade Margarita AKA Pink Seniorita Cocktail
- Prickly Pear Margarita – When you want the pink color without cranberry juice.
- Strawberry Margarita
- Cadillac Margarita – made with Grand Marnier.
What To Serve With Pink Margaritas
- Instant Pot Pulled Pork Tacos
- Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
- Fajita Stuffed Avocados
- Mexican Cauliflower Rice
- Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
Most margaritas are gluten-free, but check the ingredient list on the sweet-and-sour margarita mix to make sure.
As long as it remains in airtight packaging, and is stored properly, like in a pantry, then it should last for up to 3 weeks. However, for the best flavor, it is best to use it within a week.
No. Standard store-bought Margarita Mix does not contain alcohol.
If you have any prepared margaritas left, store them in a pitcher, without ice, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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- 1 cup ice (plus more for serving)
- 1 ½ cup Blanco tequila
- 1 ½ cup sweet and sour mix
- ½ cup triple sec
- 2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
- 1 lime (juiced, plus more for garnish)
- 3 sprigs fresh mint (plus more for garnish – optional)
- In a 2-quart pitcher, combine the ice, tequila, sweet and sour mix, triple sec, cranberry juice, lime juice, and mint. Stir to combine.
- When ready to serve, moisten the edge of the glass with a lime wedge and rim in margarita salt. Fill with ice.
- Pour into prepared glasses and serve with a lime wedge and fresh mint. Serve immediately.