side view of white christmas margaritas garnished with cranberries, rosemary, and lime slice in a glass on a countertop

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Why I love this white Christmas margarita

The holiday season is upon us, and I’m feeling a little more prepared than usual. Probably because there isn’t much else to focus on right now, and we all need extra holiday cheer this season.

Which is why we need extra holiday cocktail recipes ready to go. This cranberry ginger margarita is a fun twist on my regular cranberry margarita, but the addition of ginger beer gives it spicy, holiday spin.

These Christmas margaritas will go great will all of your favorite holiday appetizers. We love serving ours with bacon wrapped water chestnuts, pork rillettes, and peel and eat shrimp. And, don’t forget your favorite decorated sugar cookies!

overhead view of three glasses with white christmas margarita garnished with cranberries, lime slice, and rosemary

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

Virgin margaritas? If you want to make a non-alcoholic version of this drink, simply replace the 4 ounces of tequila with an additional ounce of cranberry juice and lime juice. Then add a little extra ginger ale to fill up the cup.

overhead close up of white christmas margarita garnished with cranberries, lime slice, and rosemary sprig

How to make Christmas margaritas

Rim your glasses. Salt or sugar? You can go either way here. I actually prefer a mix to rim these cranberry margaritas. Once they’re rimmed, fill them with ice.

Measure the ingredients. Add tequila, cranberry juice and lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake and strain. Shake the margaritas until the shaker gets super cold. Then, strain them into your prepared glasses, dividing the amount equally.

Wash and garnish. Fill the rest of the glass with ginger beer, and top with your favorite garnish. I like a few fresh cranberries and rosemary because it seems extra festive, but you can also go with a traditional lime wedge.

ultra close up of cranberries and rosemary in a glass of white christmas margarita and salt around the rim

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overhead view of countertop with three glasses of white christmas margarita next to bowl of cranberries

White Christmas Margaritas

Bursting with flavors of the season, and tequila, these White Christmas margaritas, made with white cranberry juice and ginger beer, are going to be your new favorite holiday cocktail.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 margaritas 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • 4 ounces tequila
  • 4 ounces white cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces lime juice
  • 1 12-ounce can (or bottle) ginger beer
  • Ice
  • For garnish: fresh cranberries, fresh rosemary, lime slices


  1. In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine tequila, cranberry juice and lime juice. Shake until cold and strain into glasses filled with ice.
  2. Top with ginger beer and garnish with any combination of lime slices, fresh rosemary and/or cranberries


  • Serving Size: 1 glass
  • Calories: 133
  • Sugar: 9.4 g
  • Sodium: 40.3 mg
  • Fat: 0.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.7 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: Christmas margarita, cranberry margarita, ginger margaritas, Christmas cocktail, white Christmas cocktail, Christmas drinks

Last Updated on December 2, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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  1. Looks delicious! Does it call for Ginger Beer (listed in the ingredients)? Or Ginger Ale (listed in the instructions)?

    1. Definitely ginger beer, but if you don’t have ginger beer, ginger ale does work. Thanks for pointing that out, I’ll update it right away!