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Best Winter Fruits for Your Cocktails

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Real, fresh fruit can be an excellent addition to nearly any cocktail. You can use it as a garnish or a main ingredient to give your drink more flavor, color and personality. Try out of a few of these winter fruits this season in your frozen concoction-maker for optimal results.

Blood Orange 
Most citrus fruits are in season during the cold months, but only one gives you that bold, dark red color in addition to the traditional tart and tangy flavor. You can use blood oranges in your cocktails in several ways. Primarily, a wedge or two of this unique fruit is the perfect contrasting garnish for a margarita or any tropical drink. Secondly, you can use the juice from this cocktail as a main drink component in the place of orange juice or lime juice.

Thirdly, you can make blood orange syrup. Just boil down a batch of blood orange juice with some sugar for a thicker, syrupy liquid that's perfect for sweetening up nearly any drink. 

Pomegranates are a popular winter fruit. Pomegranates are a popular winter fruit.

Grenadine was originally flavored with pomegranate juice, so this fruit is at home in a large variety of cocktails. Consider using a bit of pomegranate juice in your frozen concoction-maker in the place of cranberry juice or in addition to your regular ingredients for a bit of a twist. It'll add sweetness, tartness and some deep red color.

In addition to the juice, the pomegranate seeds can be a fun ingredient as well. Make your margarita or another frozen cocktail in your party machine, then pour some pomegranate seeds in and blend again to weave them throughout your drink. 

Tart, bitter and perfect with liquor, cranberries and their juice are excellent ingredients to put in your glass this winter. Raw cranberries aren't delicious, but they can be a great floating garnish on a wide range of cocktails. Cranberry juice on the other hand is a great way to enhance any drink that contains lime or anything sour. Try using cranberry juice and cranberries together in your next cocktail. 

Impress your friends with this bizarre citrus fruit. Cut up some kumquats into quarters. Squeeze a few into your already-blended drink and toss in extra as garnishes. 

This fruit is fun for parties and other get-togethers because of its bizarre flavor, look and name. 

Think outside the box: use pears and jams or preserves. Think outside the box: Use pears and jams or preserves.

Pear isn't the most unique fruit, but it isn't used in cocktails as often as it could be. Try pear juice, pear syrup, chopped pear, pear reduction or pear wedges in your drink. For something truly different, use roasted pear slices as garnishes. 

These small fruits are a popular stocking stuffer and Christmas breakfast fruit. But that doesn't mean you can't use this sweet and tangy easy-to-peel citrus fruit all winter long. Toss a wedge or three into your frozen concoction-maker for a pulpier, more flavorful drink. 

Your fellow Parrotheads at Margaritaville® Cargo remind you to enjoy your frozen concoctions responsibly and obey all drinking laws.