The humble cranberry: bobbing on the surface of an autumn bog, comingling with apple and grape in juices, speckling salads with sweet tartness, the bittersweet chocolate of the berry world. The cranberry doesn’t make a fuss or insist upon your attention, it’s happy with the occasional night out with the girls in a Cosmo before settling snug and warm into a scone.
And yet, behind this unassuming exterior, the cranberry hides a secret.
It waits patiently at the center of the table, a few discs sliced off its cylindrical body, ribs from its former tin home glistening as Thanksgiving candlelight flickers. It may tremble when the massive bird is placed beside it, but the cranberry is not afraid.
It bides its time, modest and reserved, and then all at once springs into action. Called by the siren throat-clearing of dry turkey and over-salted stuffing, the cranberry dons its crimson cape and selflessly swoops in to save the day!
For the quiet cranberry is in fact a Superfruit. Rich in nutrients and antioxidants, its berry life is devoted to protecting immune systems from the evils of illness and infection, and providing a lifeline of bright, tart flavor in a world of basted blandness and turkey tedium.
Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to receive these berry blessings. Mad Mex is paying tribute to the courageous cranberry by making it our featured margarita for the month of November! Made with cranberry sauce, cranberry juice and grenadine, great with a Gobblerito or standing proudly on its own, the cranberry margarita will put a little hero in your mouth.
Cranberry margarita, we salute you!