This Pomegranate Margarita is tart, not too sweet, and a beautiful vibrant color. They're great any time, but perfect for the winter holidays or Cinco de Mayo.
Margaritas are a good idea pretty much all of the time, right? But the rich, fabulous color really makes these drinks a no-brainer around Christmastime. Red pomegranate juice and seeds, green lime wedges... I mean, come on.
But don't let their appearance pigeonhole them as strictly a holiday beverage! These margs are so so good on any number of occasions: Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday, summer BBQs, a random Wednesday evening... the list goes on and on.
🌟 Why You'll Love This Recipe
It is very easy to make. Can you shake up a few ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Yes you can.
It tastes great. Plain and simple. This marg tastes so good.
It's very festive. The deep red color of this pomegranate margarita makes it a no brainer for Christmastime sipping.
💭 What is a pomegranate margarita?
A pomegranate margarita takes a classic margarita preparation (tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice) and adds sweet, vibrant pomegranate juice. There's no doubt that this drink is fabulous any time of the year, but it's color lends itself very well to winter holiday sipping.
- Lime juice and kosher salt: For rimming the glass(es). You could also use water and/or sugar, depending on your preference.
- Tequila: Use whatever tequila you prefer. I like something with a little age on it, but you do you.
- Orange liqueur: Admittedly, I don't go for anything very expensive, and these margs turn out delicious nonetheless. I usually use an inexpensive triple sec, but anything of higher quality will only improve the margs.
- Pomegranate juice: Just buy the bottled stuff. It's the easiest way.
- Lime juice: Freshly squeezed, please!
- Garnish: They're not mandatory but make the drink look so pretty. Garnish your glasses with some pomegranate arils and/or lime wedges if desired.
👩🏻🍳 How to make a pomegranate margarita
As with most margaritas, it's very easy to shake up a pomegranate margarita or two.
Start by rimming your intended drinking glass with lime juice (or water) and salt (or sugar, if you prefer a sweet rim). Add some ice to the prepared glass, being careful to not dislodge any of the salt or sugar rim. I like to use a single large cube (or sphere) of ice. This keeps the drink cold, without diluting it too quickly or unnecessarily.
Next, add the pomegranate juice, lime juice, orange liqueur, and tequila to a cocktail shaker, followed by some ice. I also like to use a single large cube for shaking my drinks. It gets everything frosty cold, but doesn't dilute the drink too much. Shake until the drink is very cold, or about 10 seconds or so.
Carefully strain your margarita into the prepared glass and garnish with some pomegranate seeds and a lime wedge, if you're feeling festive. You are. I just know it.
🔗 Other cocktails made with tequila
Looking for more tequila drinks? Can't say that I blame you there. I've pulled some from this blog, as well as other bloggers, and listed them out for you below. Peruse them and find a new favorite!
- Hibiscus Margaritas from Mitten Girl
- Tequila Negroni from The Endless Meal
- Cara Cara Tequila Spritzer from Windy City Dinner Fairy
❓ FAQs/Tips and tricks
Yes! Just scale up the ingredients according to how many drinks you want to make.
Long story short: you should use whatever kind of tequila that you like to drink. I tend to favor tequila añejo (an aged tequila) but tequila blanco (the clear kind) would also be very good. I don't think that you need to necessarily splurge on something super fancy, but you want to use a good quality tequila.
I find mine in the regular grocery store. Pom Wonderful makes a good quality juice.
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- lime wedge for rimming the glass optional
- kosher salt or sugar for rimming the glass optional
- 3 ounces pomegranate juice
- 1.5 ounces tequila
- ¾ ounce orange liqueur
- ½ lime juiced
- pomegranate arils and lime wedge for garnish (optional)
- Rub a wedge of lime around the rim of a margarita or rocks glass. Turn the glass upside down and press the rim into the coarse salt or sugar. Carefully add ice to the glass. Set it aside.
- In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the pomegranate juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice. Shake until very cold and strain into the prepared glass.
- Garnish with pomegranate arils and a lime wedge, if desired.
- Use whatever tequila that you prefer for this recipe.
- While you can totally make your own pomegranate juice, if you feel like it, I recommend buying bottled juice.
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is a generated estimate and is not guaranteed to be accurate.