Pomegranate Margarita

If you’re looking for a festive margarita that tastes amazing, this Homemade Pomegranate Margarita is it! Perfectly sweet and tart with a little bitterness, this 5-ingredient margarita is festive and delicious. Makes 1 drink, but can be turned into a pitcher.

 Three pomegranate margaritas with sugar rims on marble

We finalized this drink recipe more than a month ago when my in-laws were in town and had a big debate over the ingredients used.

Specifically, the pomegranate liqueur.

Some thought that it was a big ask to include that in a recipe because it’s a harder to find ingredient. Also, there’s a huge chance you don’t have it in your liqueur cabinet, which makes making this cocktail all the more complicated.

But… for me? It made all the difference in taking a tasty margarita and turning it into a top-notch delicious marg.

Why we love this recipe:

Simply put, this pomegranate margarita recipe is perfectly balanced, and it’s a perfect way to end our Year of the Margarita. (Check out my Classic Margarita, which started it all.)

It’s got some sweetness, but isn’t too sweet. There’s some tartness, thanks to the pomegranate juice and liqueur, but it’s not overwhelming. And there’s a hint of bitterness, too, but it smooths right out, thanks to the sweetness.

It does call for the pomegranate liqueur, which is probably going to require a visit to your local liquor store, but trust me when I say that it’s well-worth the trip. It makes this drink something special.

That said, if you can’t or don’t want to get it, you can use regular triple sec or Cointreau in place of it to finish this margarita off.

It’s a festive cocktail, for sure, and it’s something that I look forward to pouring as we have friends over during the holiday season.

Other margaritas recipes to try this season: Italian Margarita | Virgin Margarita (Margarita Mocktail) | Avocado Margarita | Pineapple Margarita | Cucumber Margarita

In the market for a new drink? Check out my Cocktail Recipe Index for inspiration!

Tequila, pomegranate liqueur and other margarita ingredients on marble

What you’ll need to make this margarita recipe

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In addition to these tools, you’ll need just five ingredients. You might have some of ‘em on hand already, too:

  • Pomegranate juice—the pure, unsweetened kind. You can find it in the juice aisle or in the refrigerated section—either works! Just make sure that it’s pure pomegranate.
  • Silver tequila—a 100% blue agave brand, please and thank you.
  • Limes or fresh lime juice—I purchase the squeezed kind from the refrigerated section at the grocery store. It’s with the pre-chopped fruit and is worth the splurge. However, you can purchase limes and squeeze ‘em yourself.
  • Simple syrup—you can make it at home or you can purchase it from the store or online.
  • Pomegranate liqueur—or a triple sec, if you can’t find it locally. We funnily had two bottles in our house and were able to consolidate them, thanks to this drink. This is an alcoholic liqueur, not something like grenadine, which is a nonalcoholic syrup.
  • Pomegranate arils (seeds) and lime wheels or wedges as garnishes

Also, if you’ve got some homemade margarita mix at your house, you could use that in place of the lime juice and simple syrup. I have notations on how to do that below, too.

Collage showing how to mix and make a pomegranate margarita at home

How do you make a pomegranate margarita?

First and foremost, juice your limes. I typically do this over a liquid measuring cup with a fine mesh strainer on top of it to keep pulp and seeds out of the final juice.

Did you know? You’ll get more juice from your limes if they’re room temperature. If you keep ‘em in the fridge, pop them into the microwave for 20-30 seconds to get those juices flowing!

Also, you’ll want to rim your glass with sugar to add a bit of sweetness to the mix.

Once the glass has a sugar rim, carefully measure in ice cubes.

Once your limes are juiced and other ingredients are acquired, measure the pomegranate juice, tequila, lime juice, simple syrup and pomegranate liqueur into an ice-filled cocktail shaker.

Shake vigorously until the ingredients are combined, about 30 seconds.

Strain and pour into your prepared glasses. Garnish with a lime wedge and fresh pomegranate seeds (which are called arils) before enjoying immediately.

Two pomegranate margaritas on wood garnished with lime and pomegranate arils

Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips

Pomegranate Margaritas are such a gorgeous color that I think they’d be perfect for holiday festivities, whether you’re hosting Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving Day or even a holiday party.

This drink is excellent to share, simply put, because it’s so festive.

Margaritas at home are simple because they require few ingredients and even less time to put ‘em together! And this margarita recipe is absolutely worth mixing up to share.

Here are a few tips and tricks to make it as easy as possible:

  • Make it a pitcher. After all, if you’re hosting several friends, you might as well double or triple the recipe so you’re not mixing margaritas by request throughout the evening. I’ll explain in the recipe card!
  • Make your simple syrup 1-2 days in advance… or do what I do and make a big batch so you’ve always got some in the fridge. Let it hang out in the fridge, and make a lot of it, depending on how many friends are joining you.
  • Squeeze the limes an hour or so before guests arrive—or take the store-bought shortcut. Just be sure to get the fresh-squeezed lime juice instead of the shelf-stable kind. It makes all the difference, promise.
Two pink margaritas on a wooden board

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I use margarita mix in this recipe?

If you’ve got margarita mix (homemade margarita mix or the store-bought kind), omit the lime juice and simple syrup with 2 ½ oz. of the margarita mix.

How do you rim a glass with sugar?

Take a lime wedge and run it around the edge of the glass. You want there to be enough liquid to where the sugar will stick, but that the juice doesn’t run down the side of your glass. (If it does, no big deal—that’ll just add a little extra lime juice to your margarita.) Pour sugar onto a small plate, and gently press the glass into the sugar and swirl gently until the sugar coats the rim.

Can we drink alcohol with pomegranate?

Yes, you can! This margarita recipe celebrates pomegranate flavors combined with alcohol.

How do you get juice from a pomegranate?

While you could juice your own pomegranate, I do not recommend it. I like to purchase pomegranate juice in a bottle from the store to make my life easier (and way less messy.)

Can I use Cointreau instead of triple sec in a margarita?

Yes. If you can’t find the pomegranate liqueur mentioned in this recipe and don’t want to use regular triple sec, you can certainly use Cointreau. It’s actually my choice ingredient to add to any margarita.

Three pomegranate margaritas from above on marble and wood

Quick tips and tricks for making the best pomegranate margarita

  • Double or triple the recipe! While this margarita recipe makes a single drink, you might want to blend more to share. Do the simple math and throw them in a pitcher if necessary! It’s actually really simple in the blender!
  • Purchase good lime juice or squeeze your own. The shelf stable bottled stuff won’t cut it for this avocado drink.
  • Don’t miss out on the pomegranate liqueur. I’ve mentioned before that it might be a hassle to run out to the store to get it, and it might feel a little excessive… but trust me when I say that the pomegranate flavor is that much greater when you use it in this recipe!
Two pink margaritas on a wooden board
Yield: 1 drink

Pomegranate Margarita

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

If you’re looking for a festive margarita that tastes amazing, this Homemade Pomegranate Margarita is it! Perfectly sweet and tart with a little bitterness, this 5-ingredient margarita is festive and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. pomegranate juice
  • 1 ½ oz. silver tequila
  • 1 ½ oz. lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 oz. pomegranate liqueur
  • Lime wedges or twists, for garnish
  • Pomegranate arils, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Rim a margarita glass (or a regular cocktail glass) with sugar. Fill with ice, and set aside.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, too.
  3. Measure the tequila, lime juice, simple syrup and pomegranate in the cocktail shaker.
  4. Shake until the ingredients are cold and combined.
  5. Pour into the prepared margarita glass.
  6. Garnish the margarita with a wedge of lime and a few fresh pomegranate arils.
  7. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

This recipe makes one margarita, but it can easily be doubled or tripled if you’re pouring margaritas for a crowd.

Ingredient swap: If you cannot find pomegranate liqueur, you may use the same amount of triple sec or Cointreau in its place to make this margarita recipe.

How to make this a pitcher drink: For a 6-drink pitcher, combine 12 oz. pomegranate juice, 9 oz. silver tequila, 9 oz. lime juice, 6 oz. simple syrup and 6 oz. pomegranate liqueur in a pitcher. Stir to combine, then pour over ice with garnishes.

How can I use margarita mix in this recipe? If you’ve got margarita mix (homemade margarita mix or the store-bought kind), omit the lime juice and simple syrup with 2 ½ oz. of the margarita mix.

My favorite margarita store-bought shortcuts:

• Cold press freshly squeezed lime juice: It sounds silly, but if you can find this refrigerated lime juice that’s good to go, it’s worth the cost, especially if you’re entertaining.
• Simple syrup: If you’re unsure if you’ll have time to make and then cool simple syrup, they sell this bottled stuff in stores, too!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 563Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 101gFiber: 13gSugar: 75gProtein: 5g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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