Cinnamon sticks, cranberries, rosemary sprigs, lime and orange slices - optional; for garnish
Prepare Cranberry Agave Syrup
Add cranberries, water, agave nectar, orange peel, cinnamon stick, and cloves to a small saucepan and stir.
½ cup cranberries, ½ cup agave nectar, ½ cup water, 2-3 strips orange peel, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 whole cloves
Bring to a boil, then turn heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring, about 10-15 minutes or until cranberries have begun to break down.
Transfer to a heatproof container, pouring through a fine-mesh sieve to strain out solids. Set aside to cool.
Add tequila, lime juice, and 2 ounces (¼ cup) of cranberry-agave syrup to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and cover.
4 oz tequila reposado, 2 oz lime juice
Shake 15-30 seconds and then pour into two chilled glasses filled with ice. Garnish as desired, and enjoy!
ice, Cinnamon sticks, cranberries, rosemary sprigs, lime and orange slices
Make ahead: To make this festive cocktail in advance, make the cranberry agave syrup up to 5 days in advance and store in the fridge. Then, on the day of, juice your limes fresh so that they’ll have the most bright citrus flavor!
To make a pitcher of Mistletoe Margaritas: You can multiply the recipe by 6 to make a pitcher (12 servings)! Just use 3 cups of cranberries, 3 cups of agave nectar, 3 cups of water, 3 cinnamon sticks and 6 cloves to make the syrup. Then to make your pitcher of margarita, mix together 3 cups of tequila, 1½ cups of fresh lime juice, and 1½ cups of your cranberry agave syrup. If serving later, store in the fridge and serve within 6 hours. Add ice just before serving!
Make it alcohol free: You can use an agave-based non-alcoholic tequila alternative like Ritual or Arkay, of just substitute club soda for the tequila!
Sugared Cranberries and Rosemary: I include the instructions for sugared cranberries in my Christmas Charcuterie Board post — they work for both cranberries and rosemary!