White Christmas Margarita Recipe

Three white Christmas Margaritas on counter with Christmas decor

This easy White Christmas Margarita is the dreamiest Christmas cocktail around! It’s made with cream of coconut and lime juice for the perfect tropical escape on a cold winter day. Garnish with cranberries and rosemary for a stunning cocktail that looks like Christmas in a cup!

You already know I’m a sucker for a good margarita. This Italian Margarita is one of my favorites, and Hibiscus Margaritas are perfect if you’re looking for fruity flavors. Or for a little kick, this Grilled Pineapple Margarita with Jalapeno always delivers. 

But when the holidays roll around, my go-to Christmas cocktail is this White Christmas Margarita. It’s essentially a coconut margarita that looks like a classy, snowy Christmas scene in a glass. DREAMY, right? 

This cocktail only requires a few simple ingredients, but the flavors are right on. It’s tropical and wintery all at the same time, and only takes a few minutes to make. This is a winter margarita recipe you’ll love having in your back pocket for holiday dinner parties!

White Christmas Margarita topped with cranberries, lime slice, and rosemary next to jigger and towel

White Christmas Margarita ingredients:

  • Silver tequila
  • Triple sec or Gran Marnier
  • Cream of coconut
  • Lime juice
  • Club soda
  • Garnish: Cranberries, rosemary, or lime slices
  • Sugar lime rim: lime zest, sugar, and salt

The flavors of this winter margarita really come from the cream of coconut and lime juice. Cream of coconut is rich and creamy, which gives the margarita the perfect smooth texture. You can use coconut milk instead, but it won’t add nearly as much flavor and texture as cream of coconut. 

I highly suggest using real, fresh limes instead of the little bottle you buy at the store. Nothing beats the tangy brightness of a fresh lime!

Overhead view of two White Christmas Margaritas garnished with cranberries and rosemary

How do you make a White Christmas Margarita?

This recipe is ultra-simple to make! Start by making the sugar rim for the glasses by mixing the sugar, lime zest, and a pinch of salt together. Rub a lime wedge on the rim of each glass, then dip each one in the sugar mixture. 

To make the margarita, add the tequila, triple sec, cream of coconut, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Give it a good shake, then strain it into the glasses. Then just top it with a splash of club soda and garnishes. Easy!

Three Christmas margaritas on counter with gray towel, fresh cranberries, and rosemary sprigs.

What tequila is best for margaritas?

This recipe is best with a silver or blanco tequila. Because it isn’t aged very long, it has an almost clear color, which helps you achieve the snowy Christmas look. It still packs a flavorful punch though. Don’t use gold tequila, as it will have a very different flavor and overall look and could turn your coconut margarita a tan color.

Recipe variations

  • For a little extra holiday flavor, you could add a splash of white cranberry juice. It is still light in color and has a very soft flavor. 
  • Instead of a sugar lime rim, switch it up with a cinnamon sugar rim. Yum! 

Overhead view of two holiday margaritas with cranberries and lime.

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White Christmas Margarita recipe

Three white Christmas Margaritas on counter with Christmas decor

White Christmas Margarita

This easy White Christmas Margarita is the dreamiest Christmas cocktail around! It’s made with cream of coconut and lime juice for the perfect tropical escape on a cold winter day. Garnish with cranberries and rosemary for a stunning cocktail that looks like Christmas in a cup!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce triple sec or Gran Marnier
  • 2 ounces cream of coconut
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • Ice
  • Club soda (for topping)

Garnish

  • Cranberries
  • Lime Slices
  • Rosemary Sprigs

Sugar Lime Rim (optional)

  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Instructions

  • To make the sugar lime rim, combine the lime zest, sugar, and salt on a shallow plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glasses then dip into the sugar mixture. Fill with ice.
  • Add the tequila, triple sec, cream of coconut and lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into rimmed glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with cranberries, lime wheels and rosemary sprigs. Enjoy!

Notes

Variations:
  • For a little extra holiday flavor, you could add a splash of white cranberry juice. It is still light in color and has a very soft flavor. 
  • Instead of a sugar lime rim, switch it up with a cinnamon sugar rim.
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Nutrition

Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 35mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin C: 5mg

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