With the perfect combination of sweet, tart, and smoky this pomegranate margarita is a festive twist on the classic margarita. It's pop of bright red color makes it the perfect adult treat to sip on over the holidays!
- Why You'll Love this Pomegranate Margarita Recipe
- Ingredients and Substitutions
- What is the best tequila for a pomegranate margarita?
- How to Make a Pomegranate Margarita
- Pomegranate Margarita Variations
- Mocktail Version
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Here are some delicious favorites to serve with this margarita:
Why You'll Love this Pomegranate Margarita Recipe
- It's naturally sweetened with real pomegranate juice and agave.
- No Triple Sec, Cointreau, or simple syrup required!
- Pairs perfectly with smoky mezcal for an elevated twist.
- Can be whipped up in under 5 minutes.
- Has a festive bright red hue.
- It has the ultimate flavor combinations of sweet, citrusy, and smokey.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Pomegranate juice - this can be found at most grocery stores near the produce or in the refrigerated juice aisle. Make sure to use 100% pomegranate juice.
- Orange juice - just a little is used to add some citrus flavor and tame down the pomegranate juice. Use fresh pulp-free OJ if you can!
- Agave - used to naturally sweeten the cocktail. Substitute with honey or maple syrup if needed.
- Mezcal - the liquor used in this cocktail which adds a touch of smokiness. Swap with tequila if desired. You can also use ginger beer or seltzer water to make it a mocktail.
- Black sea salt - this is optional but adds a touch of saltiness with every sip. Feel free to use white sea salt.
What is the best tequila for a pomegranate margarita?
There are a variety of different tequilas that can make a great margarita!
I personally love a good mezcal. If you haven't heard of it yet, take a look at my Christmas margarita recipe where I go into more detail. It's strong and smoky and pairs super well with the combination of tart and sweet.
If you want to play it safe, you can't go wrong with a silver tequila. A Reposado tequila is also a solid move. I don't recommend using gold tequila as it's very potent and better or sipping on the rocks rather than in a mixed beverage.
How to Make a Pomegranate Margarita
Step 1 : Rim your cocktail glass (optional). Place a dollop of agave on a paper towel and run it around the rim of your cocktail glass. Then dip the glass upside down into a shallow dish with sea salt.
I used black sea salt for a festive look. Because it's heavier than white sea salt, you'll need a good layer of agave to get it to stick.
Step 2 : Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add all the cocktail ingredients to a shaker with ice and vigorously shake until it's well chilled.
Step 3 : Serve and enjoy! Strain the cocktail into the salted glasses and enjoy!
Pomegranate Margarita Variations
There are so many ways to make this drink your own!
- Swap the orange juice with lemonade for a bigger citrus hit and a drink that's on the sweeter side.
- Use a blueberry pomegranate juice for more fruity flavor.
- Top the margarita off with 1 oz of seltzer water or ginger beer for a fizzy addition.
You can easily make this pomegranate margarita a mocktail by substituting the mezcal with the same amount of ginger beer or seltzer water. You can even give the drink more flavor with a favored seltzer water like grapefruit or lime.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Pomegranate has the perfect amount of tart yet sweet flavors making it great as a cocktail mix.
Due to it's tart and sweet flavors, pomegranate pairs well with many things from citrus, to strong spices, to ginger.
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Here are some delicious favorites to serve with this margarita:
- 2 oz pomegranate juice
- 1 ½ oz orange juice
- 1 ½ oz mezcal - see notes for mocktail version
- 1 teaspoon agave - plus more for the salt rim, optional
- sea salt - for rim, optional (I used black but white will work too)
- If rimming your glass, add a dollop of agave to a paper towel and run it along the rim of a cocktail glass. Dip the glass upside down into a shallow dish with sea salt.sea salt, 1 teaspoon agave
- Add the pomegranate juice, orange juice, mezcal, and agave to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until well chilled.2 oz pomegranate juice, 1 ½ oz orange juice, 1 ½ oz mezcal, 1 teaspoon agave
- Strain the cocktail into the glass and enjoy!