Cranberry Margarita

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I am becoming a cocktail blogger. Haha. Not really. I am hardly savvy in all matters spirits, but I always wished to publish and mostly photograph cocktails all these years writing. This is the first step in that direction—next, pours and splashes. Depending on how motivated I feel about it. 

Speaking of which, in the process of a fairly recent photography project, "un(tamed) stillness," I became obsessed with Edward Weston's style. See slides 3 and 4 in this slide show. Though this image of the cocktail here is pretty predictable and I haven't photographed this margarita from a creative viewpoint/angle, but I used an F22 aperture setting with several seconds of exposure in natural light. It creates a lusciousness to the image, with the light sweeping over the scene changing somewhat over the lapsing time. Full disclosure, this photoshoot was quick, I wanted to upload it to the blog fast, so I haven't applied all that I have learned in recent years about photographing liquid. 

There are many rules about Kosher for Passover wines and hard liquor. Again, I am not an expert on the subject, but I like a margarita now and then, so I share one here. For the most part, since tequilas are made with agave and aren't grain based, are Kosher for Passover, but without the worm in the bottle. Double-check which brands are Kosher for Passover, if you are strict about the rules. The orange liquors, triple sec and Cointreau, apparently aren't Kosher for Passover, so I substituted pulp-free orange juice instead. I love the salt on the rim, but I felt it was too casual and beachy for Passover, so I made these sugared cranberries and decorated the cocktail with it for a more festive presentation. 

Cranberry Margarita

makes 2 servings


4.5 oz cranberry juice (6 shots)
1.5 oz tequila (2 shots), Kosher for Passover (or regular not on Passover
1 oz orange juice (1 1/3 shots) on Passover, or Triple Sec or Cointreau (not on Passover)
Juice of 1/2 lime


Thyme sprigs


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the cranberry juice, tequila, orange juice, and lime juice, shake and strain into 2 cocktail glasses. Add  2 - 3 sugared cranberries into the cocktail and decorate the rim with one sugared cranberry and a sprig of thyme. 

If you do not own a cocktail shaker, you can make this cocktail in a small pitcher, mix and strain into any serving glasses with a sieve.

Note: You can use pomegranate juice instead and garnish with what you wish.

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