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Patriotic Margaritas Recipe



Simple Syrup:

1 cup sugar

1 cup water


Red Cocktail:

1/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail

2 tablespoons (1 oz) silver tequila (clear)

2 tablespoons (1 oz) orange-flavored liqueur

1 tablespoon simple syrup

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


Lemon wedge

Colored sugar




1. To make simple syrup, mix sugar and water in 1-quart saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside to cool, about 1 hour. Pour syrup into glass jar, cover jar and refrigerate until needed. 1 1/4 cups (use 1 tablespoon per margarita).


2. To prepare cocktail, add cranberry juice, tequila, orange-flavored liqueur, simple syrup and lemon juice to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Cover and shake. Rub rim of martini glass with lemon wedge; dip in sugar. Strain cocktail into glass.


Expert Tips:

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.

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Taken on February 21, 2011