Pomegranate Margarita

Shake up some party-perfect Pomegranate Margaritas. These ruby-red drinks are refreshing and robust in flavor.

Two pomegranate margaritas with rosemary sprigs.

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Easy Pomegranate Margarita recipe

Picture yourself lounging in the golden glow of a beachy sunset on a tropical escape from winter, a chilled glass adorned with a vibrant rim of salt or sugar in hand.

What’s in that glass? A pomegranate margarita. This merry delight offers a sweet change-up for the classic margarita with burst of ruby-red pomegranate seeds and juices mingling with the zesty kick of premium tequila.

I’m certain the pomegranate margarita will become your new liquid obsession. Get ready to shake, stir, and savor the magic that unfolds within each glass — let’s get started!

More pomegranate cocktail recipes: Pomegranate Yule MulePomegranate Bourbon FizzPomegranate Port Wine CocktailPomegranate Martini

Pomegranate margarita with sprigs of rosemary.

Why you’ll love this recipe

This recipe is a spin on traditional margaritas. It’s such a great canvas to play with flavor. You’ll love this pomegranate version for the holiday season and beyond.

  • The inherent citrusy and tangy nature of margaritas makes them incredibly refreshing.
  • Margaritas offer a versatile flavor profile that can be tailored. Tart pomegranate juice is the perfect pairing.
  • These pomegranate cocktails are ideal for a wintry Taco Tuesday, happy hour or a holiday party.
Pomegranate martini with pomegranate seeds.

Tools & glassware

To make a Pomegranate Margarita, you’ll need a jigger, a cocktail shaker and a Hawthorne strainer. You can also use a big pitcher if you want to make more for a party.

To get fresh lime juice from real limes, you’ll want to use a citrus squeezer.

Margaritas can be served in a rocks glass or a stemless martini glass, but the elegance of this holiday cocktail calls for something with a stem, such as a coupe glass (what I used in these photos) or a margarita glass.

Pomegranate margarita garnished with a hint of rosemary sprigs.

Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this easy drink recipe. Here’s what to grab at the grocery store:

  • Pomegranate juice
  • Lime juice
  • Blanco tequila (silver tequila)
  • Orange liqueur
  • Agave nectar or maple syrup, for the cocktail and rim
  • Pomegranate arils, for garnish
  • Rosemary sprigs, for garnish
  • Coarse sugar, for the rim

Variations and substitutions

Mix things up with one of these variations:

Salt on the rim: If you like a salt rim instead of a sugar rim, by all means do that. I love making my own margarita salt with coarse sea salt. 

Flavored pomegranate juice: Mix things up with a combination of pomegranate juice with another type of juice. Sometimes you can find it mixed with cranberry juice, blueberry juice or cherry juice, which would all be fun to play with in this drink.

Non-alcoholic pomegranate margarita: Use a zero-proof spirit such as Ritual tequila alternative.

Pomegranate margarita garnished with rosemary sprigs.

How to make a Pomegranate Margarita

Here’s how to make this easy Pomegranate Margarita recipe:

Place agave syrup on a small plate and coarse sugar on another. Dip the rim in the agave syrup around the edge of the glass. Roll the rim of the glasses in the sugar to coat the rim.

A person pouring a refreshing pomegranate margarita into a glass.
A person pouring a pomegranate margarita into a glass.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes, add the tequila and lime juice.

A person carefully prepares a pomegranate margarita by pouring the vibrant drink into a glass.
A person pouring a pomegranate margarita into a glass.

Add the triple sec and pomegranate juice to the shaker.

A person pouring pomegranate juice into a glass to make a refreshing pomegranate margarita.
A person skillfully pouring a refreshing pomegranate margarita into a exquisite gold rimmed glass.

Lastly, add the agave nectar. Cap the shaker, shake it vigorously and then strain it into the prepared margarita glass.

Garnish with fresh pomegranate arils and a rosemary sprig. You could also do a lime wheel. 

Tips & tricks

Here are some tips and tricks for making this recipe:

  • Use the best ingredients you can afford. Make them as top-shelf as you can.
  • Roll the outer rim of the glass in the sugar, rather than dipping the top in straight down. This keeps salt from getting in your beautiful margarita. I have a whole tutorial on how to rim a glass that’s worth checking out.
  • When juicing fresh limes, use room-temperature citrus to get the most juice out of them.
Pomegranate margarita infused with rosemary and garnished with sprigs of rosemary.

What to serve with Pomegranate Margaritas

This Pomegranate Margarita recipe pairs well with your favorite Mexican dishes.

Make some pomegranate salsa to go with chips while you sip these margaritas. You could also enjoy pulled pork tacos , some queso fundido or guacamole.

Anything pomegranate would be great with this recipe too, like this pomegranate goat cheese sala or this pomegranate white chocolate trifle.

FAQ

What is the alcoholic drink with pomegranate?

You can make a number of alcoholic drinks with pomegranate juice. A great example is the Pomegranate Margarita, which uses pomegranate juice with lime juice and tequila. Another option is the Pomegranate Martini, which features vodka and lemon juice.

What can I substitute for triple sec?

Triple sec is an orange liqueur. It can be replaced with any orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier. Keep in mind that Grand Marnier has an amber color, so if the drink is clear, it’s best to use triple sec or Cointreau. A non-alcoholic option is a splash of orange juice.

A refreshing twist on the classic pomegranate margarita, garnished with sprigs of rosemary.

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A flavorful pomegranate margarita infused with fragrant sprigs of rosemary.

Pomegranate Margarita

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
The pomegranate margarita marries bold pomegranate notes with lime, Blanco tequila, orange liqueur, and a hint of agave nectar for a refreshing and nuanced take on the classic cocktail.
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ingredients

  • 4 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 2 ounces lime juice
  • 3 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur such as Cointreau
  • ½ ounce agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate arils for garnish
  • 2 rosemary sprigs for garnish

instructions

  • Place agave syrup on a plate and coarse sugar on another. Rub a lime wedge around the edge of the glass. Roll the rim of the glasses in the sugar to coat the rim.
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add pomegranate juice, lime juice, tequila, agave nectar and triple sec.
  • Shake vigorously, then strain into the prepared margarita glass.
  • Garnish with fresh pomegranate arils, a lime slice and a rosemary sprig.

notes

Here are some tips and tricks for making this recipe:
  • Use the best ingredients you can afford. Make them as top-shelf as you can.
  • Roll the outer rim of the glass in the sugar, rather than dipping the top in straight down. This keeps it from getting in your beautiful margarita and altering the taste of the drink. 
  • When juicing fresh limes, use room-temperature citrus to get the most juice out of them.

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nutrition information

Yield: 2 servings

amount per serving:

Serving: 5ounces Calories: 208kcal Carbohydrates: 21g Protein: 0.4g Fat: 0.4g Saturated Fat: 0.1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.05g Sodium: 8mg Potassium: 179mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 18g Vitamin A: 17IU Vitamin C: 11mg Calcium: 12mg Iron: 0.2mg
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