A Broadway Thanksgiving: Recipes to Stop the Show

By Playbill Staff
26 Nov 2013

Liz Callaway

The Overture: Tony Award nominee Liz Callaway's Night Before Thanksgiving Cranberry Margaritas

I usually host Thanksgiving at my house, so that means the night before I have a lot of cooking and prepping to do. I always make a batch of these to drink while I cook. (Of course you can drink these year-round, just stock up on bags of fresh cranberries and keep them in the freezer.)

Note: This makes 2 batches, so cut recipe in half if you like.
Another note: Run to the store and get a bag of fresh cranberries and put it in the freezer NOW!

¾  cup of tequila
1 ¼ cups cranberry juice (I use Apple and Eve's Naturally Cranberry 100% Juices)
¾ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
½ cup Grand Marnier or Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 ½ cup frozen fresh cranberries
Sugar, preferably superfine
Lime wedges

  • Prepare sugar-rimmed glasses, if desired (See note below)
  • Mix first 3 ingredients together in a pitcher or large measuring cup. Taste - if you prefer it sweeter, add sugar to taste and stir.
  • Add ½ of the above in a blender with half the frozen cranberries and fill rest of blender with ice.
  • Blend, and then pour into sugar-rimmed glasses. (Garnish w/ a wedge of lime if desired.)
  • Drink. Then make some more!

I love the contrast of the tartness of the cranberries with the sugar rim. And, it looks pretty too. (I use martini glasses.) Fill a small plate or saucer with sugar. Rub rim of glass with a wedge of lime to moisten and dip glass into sugar. Voilà!