Sparkling Cranberry and Gin Cocktail

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Today is a glorious day! Not only am I participating in a virtual wedding shower for the amazing Nelly of Cooking With Books but it’s also the kick off of The 12 Boozy Days of Christmas! Remember that event? I did it last year too. Basically for the next twelve straight days I will feature one delicious holiday cocktail. Why? Why not! It’s Christmas. It’s time to get liquored up!

Now, onto my wonderful friend Nelly. Nelly is marrying the love of her life this weekend and I’m honored to be part of this party.  Nelly is funny, caring and an all around great friend. Brian is one lucky man!

Elizabeth of the blog Asian in America wrote a lovely little intro for our party:

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“And …I said YESSSSS!”

It happened one November midnight, in Twitterverse, we saw this tweet from our dear Nelly. Without missing a beat, we all knew Nelly had “said YES” to her beloved “M”,as she sweetly calls Brian Murray, her fiancé.

So here we are,Nelly dear, your friends in the food world, wishing you and Brian,all the best. And with our wishes, a simple recipe with an easy formula for a life of bliss, rich with EVERYTHING in it!


Mix together: A lot of Love, Patience, Perseverance, Respect, Courage, Strength, Trust, Kindness, Honesty, Compromise & Great Sex.

Stir in : Equal Parts of Love, Support, Faith, Fidelity, Hope, Validation, Friendship, Forgiveness, Communication.

Cook over slow simmer for the rest of your life. Dot daily with a Sense of Humor.

Leave out the nagging, sarcasm, skepticism, doubts and stubbornness.

Serving Suggestions: Best prepared daily. Serve with flourish because Married Life is a FEAST. Live it with flavor, spice it with unconditional love, enjoy its richness.

Recipe Notes: Some ingredients won’t always be fresh or available. Or the heat may flare up and the anger spills over. Simmer down and douse the flames with all the LOVE you can throw in.

Enjoy the feast of marriage, love and life!

(Written by : Elizabeth @Mango_Queen)

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So, what treat am I bringing for the bride-to-be….a delicious gin cocktail! Gin should always be present at any get together. Especially a wedding shower Smile

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Sparkling Cranberry & Gin Cocktail

Yield: 1 drink


4 ice cubes
4 ounces dry gin
1 can (8.4oz) Ocean Spray sparkling cranberry juice
1 lime wedge
4 Whole cranberries

Source: Nutmeg Nanny


Add ice cubes to highball glass.

Add gin and sparkling cranberry juice. Squeeze lime into drink and give a gentle stir. Garnish with lime slice and whole cranberries.

Makes 1 drink. However, I recommend drinking more 🙂

*Ocean Spray has no idea who I am…I just like their sparkling cranberry juice.

Also a big thank you to Sanjeetakk at Lite Bite for putting together this party, and Heather from Farmgirl Gourmet for the beautiful logo 🙂

Make sure to check out all the other goodies that were brought the Virtual Wedding Shower!


39 Responses to “Cilantro Margarita”

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    pam (Sidewalk Shoes) — May 1, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Loved the margarita, the video and the outtakes!! I also would love it if you would link it up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black!

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    Yankee Kitchen Ninja (Julianne) — May 1, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Gorgeous! And I’m always looking for new cocktail ideas — love that you used cilantro.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 1, 2015 at 8:43 am

    I’ve loved all of your videos. Keep em coming! 🙂

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — May 1, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Great video and I wouldn’t waste any time drinking these margaritas either.

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    Sloan @ Life Food and Beer — May 1, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Love the video and the drink sound very flavorful and refreshing.

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    Lauren @ Wicked Spatula — May 1, 2015 at 9:22 am

    God y’all crack me up! Every time I try to pronounce caipirinha I totally google it! These cocktails are AMAZING! Totally digging the cilantro margarita, I’m sure I’ll whip up a batch this weekend.

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    Annalise @ Completely Delicious — May 1, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I love cilantro and tequila together!!

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    Heather | girlichef — May 1, 2015 at 10:42 am

    On the contrary, I’m sure that these margs ARE my thing. I want to be the a-hole that drinks them all while washing down the tasty goat. 😉

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — May 1, 2015 at 10:51 am

    LOVE the cilantro. Why didn’t I think of that?!!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — May 1, 2015 at 11:00 am

    These margs are so awesome! The cilantro is brilliant! As always your videos always make me smile and get my day off to a good start!

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    heather @french press — May 1, 2015 at 11:10 am

    you girls make me want to start day drinking 🙂 TGIF

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    Cookin Canuck — May 1, 2015 at 11:12 am

    “Who wants to be the a-hole who ate all the goat?” I snorted water out of my nose when I read that! Why have I never thought to put cilantro in cocktails before? I need to make this tonight.

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — May 1, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Another great reason I’ve planted cilantro this year; it NEEDS to be in a margarita!

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    Linda @ Food Huntress — May 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Love the combination with cilantro. I’ll be saving it in pinterest for Cinco de Mayo.

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    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — May 1, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    I am loving your cocktails! I love it even more that you added cilantro to the margarita! GENIUS!

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    Ashley | The Recipe Rebel — May 1, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    These are so fun! The perfect accompaniment to a Mexican fiesta! Pinned 🙂

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    Annie @Maebells — May 1, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    What a fun time! These margaritas look amazing! I think this will be how I kick off the weekend!

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    Becky Winkler (A Calculated Whisk) — May 1, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I am so fascinated by this idea! Cilantro is my favorite herb and I’ll definitely try this.

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    Kate @ Diethood — May 1, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    KICK ASS as always!! I LOLed the entire time! 🙂 This drink though looks and sounds amazing! You don’t know how much I wish I had a pitcher of it right now!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — May 1, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I love cilantro and I love margarita’s. Brilliant idea to make a cilantro margarita! I’ll have to try this, STAT!

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    Heather at Basilmomma — May 1, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I love cilantro and I love margaritas so this is a must make for me!

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    Lana | Never Enough Thyme — May 1, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Wonderful cocktails and fantastic video!!! Y’all are so cute!

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    Gina | Running to the Kitchen — May 1, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I’ll fight you for that goat 😉

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    Martha @ A Family Feast — May 1, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    You three are so funny! This cocktail has me drooling!!

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    Catherine — May 1, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Ladies you are adorable! I love that you added cilantro…not too many people I know care for it, but I love it! Sounds like a fun drink. xo, Catherine

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    Julie @ Table for Two — May 2, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Ughhhh that goat was amazing. Komi was just unreal. I can’t wait for Alinea then 😉 anyway – COME BACK!! We need more guest appearances from moi.

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    Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy — May 3, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Such a fun get together with friends! Everything is better with cilantro. 😉

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    Samantha — May 3, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    I love that there is cilantro in this margarita! My internet is barely working so the videos won’t load right now ;( !

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    Kim Beaulieu — May 4, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Nothing better than friends and cocktails. And giggles. I also curse like a sailor, o I dig you even more now.

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 4, 2015 at 1:59 am

    Love the video and this marg!

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    Carolyn — May 4, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I NEVER would have thought of cilantro in margies, but now I want to try this so badly!

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    Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) — May 4, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I’ve always been a margarita on the rocks girl, and I’ve learned to love cilantro over the last few years. This sounds like the perfect drink to me!

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    Colleen (Souffle Bombay) — May 4, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I’ve never had a cocktail with cilantro in it before…ummm, but its a cocktail…so I wanna!

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — May 5, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Oh margaritas…you are the way to my heart! Cilantro and tequila are the best of both worlds Pour me a cup…but make it a virgin. Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. Ugh. Next year!

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    Joanie @ ZagLeft — May 5, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I’ve never thought to put cilantro in a margarita but I really need to try this – Soon!

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    Joanne — May 5, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Now I want to drink ALL THE ALCOHOLS. you guys are adorable.


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