the holiday frita

wpid-2014-12-16-16.14.26.jpg.jpegThis week was another for posting at Blog of Funny Names and once again I learned plenty. If you like margaritas, especially of the frozen variety, you’ll want to know who to thank. Click here for the story, then please come back for a frozen ‘rita (aka frita, per my Texan friend Kerbey) recipe well suited for the holidays.


Writing the BoFN post put margaritas in my head, specifically the frozen ‘rita/frita. Despite the fact that I usually drink the traditional margarita–and that it’s plenty cold where I am–I suddenly wanted nothing more than an icy cold frozen margarita. But it’s not July and I’m nowhere near south-of-the-border. How can I justify this classic cocktail? (True, no justification needed to enjoy a margarita no matter the time of year. But I’m trying to get a blog post out of this, so bear with me please.)

Holiday colors came to mind and cranberries and lime fit the bill. My first attempt came up short in the fruit flavor, so I bumped the cranberry juice up next go-round. I also added more Grand Marnier (my stand-in for Triple Sec, which I seem to not own), but pulled it back the next time. I also added agave on the last round as I wanted more sweet. All this to say that exact amounts are a subjective thing and feel free to tweak as desired.

cranberry-lime frita

cranberry-lime frita

With the holidays in full swing, I invite you to take a deep breath, sip something, and think good thoughts. Here’s to Mariano Martinez (What? You didn’t read my Funny Names post yet? What are you waiting for?) and here’s to old-school entrepreneurship and here’s to the holidays. You’ve given me a gift by reading here at food for fun. Thank you.



Β Cranberry-Lime Holiday Frita

  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces Triple Sec
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup

In blender container, combine tequila, cranberry juice, Triple Sec, lime juice, and ice; cover. Puree until blended. Add agave syrup; blend to mix. Serve in glasses with salted rims. Makes 2 cocktails.

56 thoughts on “the holiday frita

    • It surprised me how innovative it seemed, though really it’s just a classic flavor combination. Funny how things that are supposed to come together just do! Thank you for your visit, Suzanne πŸ™‚

  1. I’ll take two, please! Wow, the flavors of this margarita sound perfect for the holiday season, Liz. πŸ™‚ And really, what’s not to ❀ about a pink cocktail?!?!

    • You should have at least two, Nancy πŸ™‚ Agreed about the pink–it almost seemed effervescent with the blended ice. Thinking I saw you over at deLizious facebook. Thank you so much!!!

  2. So festive! I love the color — just like I love cranberries, limes and tequila. Seems like the perfect fit. =) And I’m a whole-hearted believer in frozen drinks year round — if they’re boozy, I’ll be drinking them!

  3. It’s always cocktail time, especially now. The MIL arrives in a few days and I will need LOTS of cocktails so this may be one of them!! It must have been so hard tweaking the recipe and drinking all the “not quite right” drinks! HAPPY HOLIDAYS

    • Ha, thanks Gretchen. I’m still driving my kids around all the time, so ended up freezing much of the test batches. They’ll be there when I need them πŸ™‚ and the MIL—I hear you. I drank most of a bottle of wine the first evening of mine’s last visit. Good luck to you! Appreciate you stopping by.

    • but that’s the beauty of the blogosphere–you can have as many cocktails as you like with no sugar, no hangover, no calories, no fat. It’s all good! May I pour you another?

    • yum–cranberry-infused vodka! That sounds amazing. Even with a touch of soda water, it would be perfection. Curious how much sugar–if any–you added. Is it a sweet infusion?

  4. Now I’m craving a margarita. This one looks delicious! I think of Grand Marnier as a more high-fallutin’ substitute for Triple Sec. πŸ˜‰ Yummy and very seasonal!

    • Would be happy to whip one up for you, Amy! If you have any of those holiday sweets left, we could have a virtual cocktail party πŸ™‚ Thanks for coming by.

  5. I never had one of this festive Holiday drink before! I must change that! The one drink that i love the most is my favorite Champagne, Vranken Grand Cru Brut! But I maybe will change it to this??? x

  6. I feel like such a deadbeat commenter lately, but apparently there’s nothing like a break from med school and an alcohol-related post to get me back in the act πŸ™‚

    To be honest, I’ve never truly appreciated the difference between a traditional margarita and a “frita”, but that will soon be changing.

    I’ve also never really delved into margarita subtypes…usually opting for the classic lime margarita. Cranberry seems like an interesting twist. Any other flavors you’d recommend?

    • there will be plenty of alcohol around here in 2015, Dave, so am glad you’ve wandered over. I owe my distinguishing the rita from the frita to that Texas friend, Kerbey πŸ™‚

      Want to stay tangy with the margarita, so any citrus would be good. Pomegranate, too.

    • learned recently that Triple Sec is fancier than Grand Marnier, but sounds like we’re on the same page with the liquor cabinet. Can’t buy everything! Wishing you all the best in 2015 as well, Karen. Thanks for coming over πŸ™‚

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