Pomegranate Margaritas


I learned the secret to throwing a great party a long time ago from my friend, Katie. It’s simple: she puts a margarita in your hand as soon as you walk through her front door. There’s no better way to get everyone in the mood to unwind and have fun, and this seasonal twist on a traditional margarita is perfect for the holidays.

Though pomegranate fruit might sound a little exotic, it’s actually pretty common as far as cocktails are concerned. You know the red syrup, Grenadine (think Shirley Temple or Tequila Sunrise)? Nowadays it’s made from mostly artificial ingredients, but originally it was made from thickened and sweetened pomegranate juice. It adds a nice touch of color and sweetness to many drinks.

As with all cocktails, you can adjust the strength to your liking. If you like a stronger, more authentic margarita, cut back on the pomegranate juice. My version is pretty fruity, but feel free to increase the amount of juice if it’s too strong for you. Use a good quality 100% agave tequila like Patron Silver – it’ll taste better, and you’ll be glad for it the next day.


Pomegranate Margaritas

Print Recipe
Servings: 1 drink


For Drink

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) 100% pomegranate juice (unsweetened)
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) freshly squeezed lime juice, from one lime
  • 1-1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons or 1 shot) Tequila
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau

For Serving

  • Lime wedges
  • Coarse salt
  • Ice cubes


  1. Place coarse salt on a small plate. Rub rim of glass with lime wedge and dip in coarse salt if desired. Add ice cubes to glass if using.
  2. Combine drink ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add some ice and shake vigorously, then strain into prepared glass. Garnish rim with lime wedge.
  3. Note: If you want to prepare a pitcher instead of making individual cocktails, simply adjust the quantities for the number of drinks you need. Mix the pomegranate juice, tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice in a pitcher, keep cool, then pour into prepared glasses over ice when ready to serve.
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  • L.C.

    Made these for Thanksgiving…I couldn’t find straight Pomegranate juice so I used a Cranberry and Pomegranate juice blend – so good!!! Perfect for the holidays and my guests loved them. Thanks :)

  • Wanna try these…

  • anonymous

    Love margaritas!!!!
    Nice blog!

  • these are the best Margaritas

  • Alison

    These were amazing, and the perfect addition to our summer BBQ.

  • Glenda

    i will be serving these at my next cookout

  • Perfect for our, too few, perfect Texas spring cookouts. Although the extremely hot days may call for a few, as well.

  • Adrienne

    DEF trying!! :)

  • darlaBE

    made these for our tailgate last Sunday. It was a big hit! So refreshing with our brunch outdoors.

  • Rachel Munyon

    Awesome, will definately be a 4th of july camping trip favorite!

  • Elizabeth C. in Kansas

    Looks like a real winner. I may make some of these alcohol free. :o

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