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Patriotic Margaritas

Patriotic Margaritas

Classic margaritas get a fresh “shake” when infused with your favorite team colors!


Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Red Cocktail

  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) silver tequila (clear)
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) orange-flavored liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Lemon wedge
  • Colored sugar


  1. Simple Syrup: Mix sugar and water in 1-quart saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and set aside to cool, about 1 hour.
  3. Pour syrup into glass jar, cover jar and refrigerate until needed. 1 1/4 cups (use 1 tablespoon per margarita).
  4. Red Cocktail: Add cranberry juice, tequila, orange-flavored liqueur, simple syrup and lemon juice to cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  5. Cover and shake. Rub rim of martini glass with lemon wedge; dip in sugar.
  6. Strain cocktail into glass.

Prep Time 10 min | Total Time 1 hr 10 min | Servings 1

To make blue cocktail, prepare as directed above - except use blue Curacao for the orange-flavored liqueur.

You can use citrus vodka in place of the tequila.

Nutrition Information 1 Cocktail: Calories 230 (Calories from Fat 0), % Daily Value Total Fat 0g 0% (Saturated Fat 0g, 0% Trans Fat 0g 0% ), Cholesterol 0mg 0%; Sodium 0mg 0%; Total Carbohydrate 31g 31% (Dietary Fiber 0g 0% Sugars 26g 26% ), Protein 0g 0%

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 35%; Calcium 0%; Iron 0%

Exchanges: 0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat

Carbohydrate Choices: 2

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Betty Crocker

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