Easy White Christmas Margarita Pitcher Recipe

Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

This White Christmas Margarita recipe will not disappoint. A creamy coconut margarita with lime juice, tequila, coconut water and cranberries that looks like Christmas in a cup. It is sure to be a hit at your holiday party and guaranteed to give you the merriest of holidays!

The Best White Christmas Margarita

This White Christmas Margarita Recipe will have you “rockin around the Christmas tree” for sure!

Not only does it look like Christmas in a cup, but it is incredibly smooth. (Buyer beware!) With refreshing coconut-lime flavor and festive ruby-red cranberries, this cocktail is as gorgeous as it is compulsively sip-able.

Even better? This White Christmas Margarita Recipe is made in a pitcher which allows you to be free and mingle instead of mixing drinks. As I was working on recipes for this Holiday Entertaining Series I wanted to focus on recipes that could be made in bulk, and Christmas drinks were no different.

This easy Christmas Punch for a Crowd is going to be your new go to for the holidays, I know it will be for me! I plan on making a double batch of this stuff for our annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party! Woohoo!

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What You’ll Need

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need to make this Christmas cocktail recipe. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for specific amounts.

  • Coconut Milk: You’ll want to get the full-fat coconut milk in a can. It is extra creamy and the real deal!
  • Coconut Water: This is a “lighter” way to add more coconut flavor and not as many calories
  • Tequila: Um, this is a must in Margaritas. I’d recommend the silver tequila because it is lighter in color and won’t turn your margarita a golden color.
  • Grand Marnier: This orange flavored liquor is what gives this margarita a flavorful edge above the rest.
  • Lime Juice: The fresh lime juice cuts through the creaminess of the coconut milk and water and gives you that true margarita flavor!
  • Agave: I use agave in my margarita recipes instead of making a simple syrup. I find it’s lighter and not as sweet.
  • Cranberries & Rosemary Sprigs: This is more for the festive colors, not as much for the taste!

Do You Use Gold or Silver Tequila for Margaritas?

I like to use silver or blanco tequila. It has a smooth taste and is a younger tequila, so it’s only been aged in the oak barrel for 2 years at most. Gold tequila is aged for much longer and has a stronger taste. Not always ideal for margaritas.

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What is the Best Tequila for Margaritas?

Using a good tequila can make all the difference when it comes to making your Christmas cocktails shine! Here are the kinds of tequila that I think are best for making some really stellar margaritas:

  1. Patron Silver –  It’s a great place to start when drinking tequila. It is made with agave without being too overwhelming. It’s smooth and definitely a good cocktail mixer.
  2. Hornitos – This is a newer tequila to me. A friend of mine turned me on to it and I really like it. I tend to go with the resposado or the anejo for less agave forward taste.
  3. Don Julio – Hands down, this one is my husbands favorite! It is smooth and won’t leave you with a headache because it’s made well.
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How to Make This White Christmas Margarita Pitcher Recipe

Ok, let’s get our Christmas cocktails game on! Here’s how to make this Christmas Margarita recipe for a crowd:

  1. Mix all the ingredients. To a large pitcher add full fat coconut milk, coconut water, grand marnier, silver tequila, lime juice and agave syrup. Using a whisk stir everything together until coconut milk no longer separates.
  2. Serve over ice.
  3. Make it look pretty. Garnish with fresh cranberries, lime slices and rosemary sprig.

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Can I Make This in Advance?

Homemade margaritas should last between 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator if kept in an air tight container. For this White Christmas Margarita Recipe you will just need to use a whisk to mix the coconut milk back up again as it tends to separate when it sits.

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I have legit made this recipe probably 5 times in the past 2 months. Granted I was testing it out the first two times, but still. It is amazing! It’s creamy, smooth, a slight tropical flavor and has a nice zing from the lime juice. Plus it looks like the holidays from the cranberries and rosemary. 

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easy white christmas margarita pitcher recipe

Easy White Christmas Margarita Pitcher Recipe

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 5 minutes
  • yield Yield: 6-7 1x
  • category Category: Cocktails
  • method Method: Mix
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


A White Christmas Margarita Pitcher Recipe that will not disappoint. This creamy coconut margarita with lime juice, tequila, coconut water and cranberries tastes like summer and looks like Christmas in a cup. 



  • 18 oz. coconut milk (in can)
  • 6 oz. coconut water
  • 6 oz. grand marnier
  • 9 oz. silver tequila
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup
  • garnish: fresh or frozen cranberries, lime slices and rosemary sprigs


  1. To a large pitcher add full fat coconut milk, coconut water, grand marnier, silver tequila, lime juice and agave syrup. Using a whisk stir everything together until coconut milk no longer separates.
  2. Serve over ice.
  3. Garnish with fresh cranberries, lime slices and rosemary sprig.


For the Sugar Lime Rim: To a flat plate add 1/3 cup white granulated sugar and zest from one lime. Gently mix. Set aside. Take a lime wedge and rub around the rim. Then dip in the sugar lime mixture. Now you can pour the white christmas margarita in.


  • Serving Size: 6 oz.
  • Calories: 305
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Sodium: 5 g
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 11 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: white christmas margarita, holiday cocktail recipes, christmas cocktails, christmas drinks

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73 Responses
  1. Janae

    I made something similar to this last year and holy cow, it was so good! Maybe a little too good.. One of my guests got a little tipsy and spilled it all over the floor. Had to hire a carpet cleaner, but it so still worth it!

  2. Erin

    We made these last year for Christmas for my whole family and they were delicious!!! Everyone loved them and we’re making again this year. So creamy and refreshing- felt like we were on a tropical holiday. And they are so gorgeous and festive! This will be a new Christmas tradition for us!

  3. Erin Kiernan-Johnson

    Christmas magic in a wine glass! These were so delicious!!! They were creamy, limey, and lovely with just enough sweetness. They will now be a new Christmas tradition! They were PERFECT as is!

  4. Kasandra

    I’ve had this recipe pinned for over a year now. I didn’t read the reviews until the night before I was going to make it and they made me nervous. I made it anyway for our Christmas party on Friday night and am glad I did. It was delicious and I will definitely make it again. My only complaint is I had to whisk it several times throughout the night so it wouldn’t have chunks.

  5. Greater Than

    It is a great blog post. I am always read your blog. Helpful and Informative blog. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

  6. Melissa

    Love it!! I only put 4oz of Triple Sec (didn’t have Grand Marnier) and 6oz of tequila as we are trying the recipe on a week day 😅 and it’s so good!! I’ll definitely save that recipe.

  7. Ame

    Love this recipe! I used Cointreau b/c the store was out of Grand Marnier and only a 13oz can of coconut milk. I thought the coconut flavor was perfect. I don’t want to be smacked in the face with it and this is still a margarita at heart, so I didn’t want to lose the lime flavor. For those wanting more coconut, try coconut extract or coconut vodka/rum. I used an immersion blender to make everything smooth. The leftovers the next day were even better, as it had thickened slightly and the flavors melded nicely. In the future, I will make this a day ahead on purpose. Thanks for the tasty and beautiful recipe!

  8. Tara

    I loved this tasty recipe and will be making it again. The only problem I had was getting the coconut milk to not be chunky.

  9. Katanna

    This was the single most disgusting drink I’ve ever made, don’t waste your tequila. I love a strong drinks but this just tasted terrible.

  10. Mark

    This didn’t taste good at all. Very strong alcohol taste and couldn’t taste much else. Didn’t taste anything like a margarita. Really wanted to like it, served it at Christmas 🙁

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      Oh I’ms so sorry to hear that. It shouldn’t taste like a true margarita, it will be more tropical tasting for sure with a hint of lime and tequila. I’m sorry you didn’t like it.

  11. Lindsey

    Loved this! I could see how it’s not for everyone but I loved it! One note though, for someone that doesn’t have much experience w coconut milk, when I first opened the can, I almost threw it out thinking it had gone “bad” because it had completely separated. After slightly warming and whisking, it finally took the consistency of “milk” or “cream”. Glad I didn’t throw it out!! Lol

  12. Jenny Craig

    Looks beautiful! My BFF & I try new Christmas cocktails every year & couldn’t wait to try this!! Unfortunately, it did not make us merry & bright. We felt like it was too much lime & was missing a more robust creaminess. We added more agave & then some Malibu & we got through our first glass. Back to the drawing board for us.

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      Oh I’m sorry to hear that Jenny. Yes, I tend to like my margaritas more limey than creamy. DIdn’t want to feel like I was drinking milk. Ya know. I’d recommend using coconut tequila to make it taste more creamy or increasing the coconut milk and blending to break up the coconut milk.

  13. Allison

    Not great reviews- these people seem like they’re looking for something much sweeter, but this recipe looks like a JOYFUL HEALTH EAT to me!!!! I’ll be making these this week and really appreciate the recipe and beautiful pictures! Merry Christmas!

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      Awe thank you so much! I’m not a sweet cocktail kinda person at all… so you hit this on the head. It’s a coconut flavored margarita that is not overly sweet and still has that lime taste because that’s what margaritas are made with. This made my day! 🙂

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      Thank you! If you don’t like the coconut cream you could double down on the coconut water to still keep the coconut flavor but reduce the creaminess. 🙂

  14. Michael McDermott

    I’m going to make this for my holiday Zoom party (we all have to come up with a cocktail). Can you use a blender for this recipe, or must it be whisked? Thank you!

  15. Carla

    Did you ever have the milk curdle on you? I’m not sure if my milk just wasn’t shaken enough before I opened it or if I did something wrong. I used Thai Kitchen like you suggested.

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      Yes. I will curdle back up after sitting a while or if you put it in the frig again. That’s why I recommend using a whisk to make sure that you’re able to break things up and make it smooth again. 🙂 Hope that helps!

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      I’m sorry you feel that way. We definitely love it over here. If you don’t like the tequila you could try out coconut rum for a sweeter taste.

  16. Tracey

    Not much coconut flavor. Same as other reviews drinking because I dont want to waste the tequilla!. Next time I’ll try with coconut rum.

  17. Jarmila Maddox

    Question: can you post a picture or send me a picture of the coconut milk you use? Want to be I use the same thing. Or which coconut cream would you use?
    Thank you

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      I actually don’t know how to do that on here. I’ve used Thai Kitchen Brand and Goya .. full fat coconut milk. Both are in a can in the international food aisle.

      1. Wanda

        I made this recipe to finish up Christmas 2020 and it came out great. My husband and I love it. I wish I could upload a picture. But, like many other reviews I definitely would want a little bit of more coconut flavor ( I’m Puertorican and I love the coconut flavor as one of our favorite drinks is piña coladas). Definitely will be making this again. Thanks for a great recipe. I use pomegranate for decoration instead of cranberries. It came out beautiful!

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      I’ve made them up to 2-3 days ahead of time. Just remember the coconut milk will harden when in the refrigerator. So I would remove it from the fridge 30 minutes prior to serving and then use a whisk to stir and break up the solidified coconut milk.

      1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

        Hey Kim. I use a sugar lime mixture. I actually just updated the recipe to include that part in the notes so you know how to make it. It adds a fun twist!

    2. Darci

      Hey! I’m bummed that the reviews don’t look very positive, but I’ll still give it a try. Coconut cream and margaritas are my jam! How can it go wrong? I’ll let you know! They’re beautiful 😉

  18. Kathleen

    I notice that on your “Easy White Christmas Margarita Pitcher” recipe. That it looked like your beautiful pic of the glasses full of this cocktail had either salt or sugar around the rim of the glasses. If this is true, what did it have around the rim of the glasses? If the glasses had nothing around the rim. Then I’m sorry to waste your time. But, I can’t wait to make these has I’m planning to make these for 6 different couples. Then with the virus, just dropping them off at the front door and ringing their door bell. To keep us all safe and maybe just a little bit merrier…

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      Good eye Kathleen! Yes I did a sugar lime rim around them to make them pop for the pictures. They are good without the rim but it does a little some some if you choose to add it. Such a fun idea to do for your friends by the way! LOVE it!

    2. PK

      Comments seem to believe this was posted as a coconut marg and it was posted as a White x-mas marg. Sub regular tequila for 1800 coconut tequila and add some coconut cream. Wala, White Coconut X-mas Margarita!!

  19. Odette

    Do you have any suggestions for a good coconut alternative? I’m allergic and would love to try this, but I don’t know what a good replacement would be.

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      Honestly this is a coconut flavored margarita so removing the coconut milk and coconut water won’t work. You could try out my pomegranate margaritas if you’re looking for something holiday flavored but not coconut. 🙂

  20. Sophie

    I had to leave a review because I went back to this recipe to send to someone I saw that it has a 2-star review and lemme tell you, I made this at Christmas this past year and it deserves waaay more than that. Disclaimer I made a few substitutions: I used Malibu Lime instead of lime juice- and then to compensate for some of that additional alcohol I used extra coconut milk… soooo a bit more alcoholic and a bit more calories lol! What drew me to this recipe when I originally saw it on Insta was how beautiful the finished product looks with the rosemary, cranberries, and lime, like a winter wonderland! I was so pleased with how mine came out looking that I didn’t even care if anyone drank them, lol. But people absolutely loved it… I myself was surprised how good it was when I tasted it (the Gran Marnier really brings it all together. Def would call it an essential ingredient in this cocktail.) I’m gonna do it next year too.

    P.S. One thing I learned the hard way, IF YOU REFRIGERATE IT, THE COCONUT MILK WILL SEPARATE AND MAKE THE TEXTURE WEIRD! So beware! Luckily it’s good enough that it can be finished in one sitting, haa!

  21. Isabella

    All my guests loved it! Definitely recommend. So many holiday cocktails are all heavy cream, egg whites, etc. so I love the coconut milk concept.

  22. Gina

    Was this recipe healthy, yes. Was it good? Not so much. Coconut “cream “ would’ve been much better! I doubled this and only put 1/4 of the lime juice. Maybe if I had used the coconut “cream “ I would’ve used more lime.

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      Hey Gina, you’ll have to try it with cream and let me know how it tastes. Everyone I made it for really liked it, but I get everyone has their own tastes.

      1. Rachel

        Maybe I made this wrong, but the texture of the drink was really gross. It was like egg drop soup. It taste fine, but I can’t get past the feel of it.

        1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

          Hey Rachel, I’m so sorry to hear that. You definitely have to give it a good whisk or put it in the blender to smooth out the coconut cream. But once you do that should be perfect.

  23. HW

    I made this for a cookie decorating party. We drank it…because we didn’t want to waste the tequila. The flavors were not for us. Luckily, with tequila, the third drink of any mixer tends to “get better”. Oh well, I love trying new recipes and better luck next time.

  24. Holly Cooley

    Looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it! And your photography is so lovely! I was wondering what you rimmed the glasses with? Thanks!

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      Hey Holly, I did a lime zest and sugar rim on the glasses. Super easy, just 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon of lime zest. 🙂

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