These Pomegranate Margaritas are tart and sweet seasonal twist on traditional margaritas! They’re perfect for the holidays!
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Why you’ll love them
Festive holiday and winter cocktail – Traditional margaritas are great for the warmer months of the year, but I like to change things up during the colder months of the year. Adding tart pomegranate juice is the perfect way to add a seasonal ingredient, not to mention the color is gorgeous!
Sweet and tart – Just like traditional margaritas, pomegranate margaritas are both sweet and tart. The pomegranate juice and lime juice lend the tart component to the margarita, while the Cointreau and agave syrup provide the sweetness.
Ingredients you’ll need
- Tequila – I like to use silver or blanco tequila for these margaritas, but you can also use a reposado tequila.
- Pomegranate juice – Use unsweetened pomegranate juice. I usually buy the POM brand.
- Lime juice – Fresh lime juice is highly recommended.
- Cointreau – Orange liqueur. I recommend using this brand or Grand Marnier.
- Agave syrup – The sweetener for the margaritas. You can also use simple syrup or skip it for a less sweet margarita since Cointreau is also sweet.
- Coarse salt – Coarse salt on the rim of a margarita glass is a must for me. It balances the sweet and tart flavors in the cocktail.
- Pomegranate seeds
How to make pomegranate margaritas
Salt the rims of the glasses – Pour a good amount of coarse salt into a bowl or onto a plate. Take two glasses and rub a lime wedge around the outside of the rim. Turn the glasses upside down and dip them into the salt until the outside rim is coated.
Combine the ingredients – If you have a cocktail shaker now’s the time to use it. If not a jar with a lid will also work. Combine the tequila, pomegranate juice, cointreau, lime juice and agave syrup in the shaker or jar. Add a few ice cubes to it.
Shake and serve – Seal the cocktail shaker or jar and shake vigorously until the ingredients are combined. Add ice to the margarita glasses, I like to use crushed or smaller cubes if possible. Divide the margaritas into the two glasses and garnish with a thin slice of lime and pomegranate seeds. Drink and enjoy!
Best kind of tequila for margaritas
Blanco tequila is usually best for margaritas as it has a clean agave taste and allows the citrus flavor to shine. You’ll want too avoid using an anejo tequila as it’s much pricier and the flavors are more complex. This is a type of tequila that should be sipped on and not mixed into a cocktail.
What kind of salt is best for margaritas?
Coarse sea salt is my top choice. You can also go with coarse kosher salt. Sometimes I like to mix in a little bit of chili powder or Tajin.
If you prefer a sweet rim, rub the rim with a lime wedge and then dip it into granulated sugar. You can add lime zest to the sugar as well for additional flavor.
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- 4 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce orange liqueur
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1/2 ounce honey
- 6 ounces unsweetened pomegranate juice
- Place coarse salt on a small plate and rub a lime wedge around the outside rim of two glasses. Dip the rims into the salt. Add ice to the glasses.
- In a cocktail shaker or in a a jar with a lid add all of the ingredients for the margaritas along with a couple ice cubes. Shake until combined and then pour into the two glasses. Garnish with a thin slice of lime and pomegranate seeds.