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Margarita Punch

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A fruity punch with a kick of spicy tequila: The Margarita Punch! It’s a refreshing and slightly spiced cocktail that’s perfect for those who enjoy an edge to their drink. Over the years I’ve made quite a few different versions of margaritas, but that’s because its such a versatile recipe to play with! You get to adjust the recipe as you desire and create a whole new cocktail experience.

Let’s dive into what makes it different and how its flavors blend together!

A classic margarita typically includes tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau or triple sec. It’s known for its balance of sweetness, sourness, and the distinct flavor of tequila. The Margarita Punch, on the other hand, adds a few twists.

We start with the habanero-infused tequila: the game-changer to this recipe. Infusing tequila with habanero peppers adds a spicy note. It’s not too overwhelming but gives a pleasant warmth to the mixture when blended with the cranberry juice. Speaking of which, the cranberry juice really sets the stage for this cocktail mixture. Not only does it add tartness and a hint of sweetness, but the cranberry juice is what gives this cocktails its deep, beautiful red hue.

The next few ingredients are pretty much margarita essentials! This list includes agave nectar, Cointreau, and lime juice.

Agave acts as a sweetener that happens to be the best option for this type of recipe as it pairs perfectly with the tequila. Cointreau acts at the orange liqueur element to this Margarita Punch. While this is a twist on the classic recipe, I still use this orange-flavored liqueur, but in a lesser quantity. It adds a slight orange flavor without overpowering the other ingredients. Lime juice, as usual, adds a citrusy zing!

To finish off the cocktail we always have to be considerate with the details of the garnish. The Margarita Punch can be enjoyed year round, but I developed this recipe in the fall so the garnish is inspired by the season.

A slice of fresh orange placed against the inside of the glass adds a subtle, fruity aroma.  Adding a sprig of rosemary with fresh cranberries on top gives a hint of herbal fragrance and a festive look. Both beautiful and delicious!

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Step 1: Add tequila, cranberry juice, agave nectar, Cointreau, and cilantro to a shaker topped with ice. Shake until chilled.

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Step 2: Strain the mixture into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

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Step 3: Garnish with a slice of orange placed in the glass, and a rosemary sprig with cranberries atop the drink.

This Margarita Punch is more than just a cocktail; it’s a sensory experience. The habanero’s warmth, cranberry’s tartness, agave’s sweetness, and the citrus notes all come together to create a singular and exciting drink. So keep this recipe close for the upcoming holiday season and impress your guests!

Margarita Punch

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Instructions

  1. Step 1 – Add tequila, cranberry juice, agave nectar, Cointreau, and cilantro to a shaker topped with ice. Shake until chilled.
  2. Step 2 – Strain the mixture into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  3. Step 3 – Garnish with a slice of orange placed in the glass, and a rosemary sprig with cranberries atop the drink.

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