Margaritas … but make it festive. That’s what this pomegranate margarita recipe is all about! These real-food holiday margaritas are so beautiful and delicious for the holidays, and our batch recipe means you can make multiples at once.
It comes together with fresh lime juice, fresh orange juice, pomegranate juice, and tequila. You don’t need multiple liquors or simple syrup — just a dash of honey and some sparkling water to top them off. And just like our popular Real Food Margaritas and other low-sugar cocktail recipes, this stunning drink tastes super fresh. Oh, and teetotalers: We’ve included a mocktail option, too!
We love to serve this fresh cocktail throughout the holiday season. Here’s what makes it special:
- Fresh, real-food margarita infused with pomegranate flavor
- A bright and festive color for the holidays
- Lightly sweetened with honey (no simple syrup needed)
- One recipe makes enough for 4 margaritas (it’s a batch cocktail!)
- Includes a mocktail version made with easy swaps
Health Benefits of Pomegranate Juice
The beautiful deep ruby red of the pomegranate seeds (known as arils) just screams holidays! We love the tart flavor of both pomegranate juice and pomegranate seeds for adding color and natural sweetness to so many recipes.
All of us include pomegranates for our family on the regular for their wealth of nutritional benefits. Pomegranate juice is a good source of antioxidants and polyphenols, which provides anti-inflammatory effects. It’s also a heart-healthy food and drink with urinary and prostate health benefits similar to cranberry juice. Pomegranate may provide brain health benefits, too.
Ingredients To Make Pomegranate Margaritas
Gather these ingredients to get a batch of fruity pomegranate margaritas flowing for happy hour:
- Orange — fresh orange juice replaces the need for triple sec like Cointreau or an orange liqueur like Grand Marnier
- Honey — may sub agave nectar or omit
- Tequila — most margaritas are made with silver tequila (or blanco), but reposado tequila is also popular — use what you prefer. For a mocktail, replace with a tequila alternative (see our favorites below) or with ginger kombucha
- Pomegranate juice —– or use cranberry juice
- Fine salt
- Sparkling water
- Optional garnishes — turbinado sugar, lime wedges, pomegranate seeds (arils)
Find the ingredient list with exact measurements in the recipe card below.
Ingredient Highlight: Patron Roca Silver
We don’t pretend to be liquor savants, so we turn to the experts for advice on the best tequila for making margaritas. According to liquor.com, the best tequila for margaritas is Patron Roca Silver.
We do know that traditional margaritas are almost always made with tequila blanco, also known as silver tequila, premium tequila, or white tequila. However, darker types of aged tequilas, such as reposado tequilas are also great choices — they can add unique citrus notes and hints of spice or caramel.
If you have a tequila you like, use it here!
Equipment You’ll Need
For this batch cocktail, the margaritas are stirred, not shaken or blended, so there’s no cocktail shaker or blender needed. Instead, gather this simple equipment:
- A small pitcher or a quart-sized mason jar
- A long-handled spoon for stirring
- Margarita glasses, cocktail glasses, or stemless wine glasses
- Shallow bowl or small plate for the sugar
How To Make Pomegranate Margaritas
You don’t need to be a trained bartender to make this easy festive drink recipe. Here are the basic steps, which results in 4 cocktails.
- Make the cocktail mix: In a quart-sized mason jar or small pitcher, combine the ½ cup lime juice, ¼ cup orange juice, dash of honey, ¾ cup tequila, ½ cup pomegranate juice, and salt. Stir well and set aside.
- Sugar the rims of the margarita glasses (an optional step): Spread out turbinado sugar in a small, shallow bowl or small plate. Press a lime wedge onto the rim of a glass and drag it all around the rim to add wetness (this is what the sugar sticks to). Turn the glass upside down and dip the rim into the sugar.
- Fill the glasses: Fill each glass ¾ full with ice cubes. Pour ¼ of the margarita mixture into each glass.
- Top with sparkling water and garnish: Top off each glass by pouring in sparkling water. Then garnish with lime wheels or wedges and a few pomegranate arils.
For serving size and the complete directions and ingredient amounts, scroll down to the recipe card below. All of our recipes include the nutrition analysis, listing calories (kcals), protein, carbohydrates/carb, fiber, sugar, sodium, cholesterol, and more per serving.
Make The Perfect Rim
When it comes to crafting the perfect margarita, the iconic salt rim plays a vital role in elevating the overall taste and presentation. For this margarita, we’ve opted to use coarse turbinado sugar on the rim of the glass in place of the typical salt.
It adds a perfect sweetness that complements the pungent lime juice, and the natural color of turbinado sugar is festive and eye-catching, too. If you prefer, you could use margarita salt instead, like you would with a classic margarita.
Make It Non-Alcoholic
It’s easy to turn this pomegranate margarita recipe into an NA pomegranate margarita mocktail. To do so, simply replace the tequila with a tequila alternative.
Garnish it with some pomegranate arils and a lime wheel. Your friends who don’t imbibe will be so pleased they can still enjoy a festive drink sans the alcohol.
How To Serve Pomegranate Margaritas
This dark red cocktail is especially right for holiday and winter parties, which coincides with pomegranate season. Since this is a batch cocktail, it’s a great drink recipe for serving at gatherings and making the host’s job easier.
Simply prepare the juice-tequila mixture and set it out with an ice bucket, sparkling water, and garnishes so guests can make their own drinks. These pom margs are especially good when served with a holiday appetizer or two and some homemade holiday treats. Then, all you’ve got left to do is set a cozy, festive atmosphere by getting a simmer pot going on the stovetop.
Frequently Asked Questions
The main ingredients are lime juice, orange juice, pomegranate juice, and tequila.
The margarita mixture can be made up to 2 days in advance and stored in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.
Lime wheels and fresh pomegranate arils (seeds) make lovely garnishes. A sprig of rosemary would be nice, too.
Yes, in the United States, you need to be 21 years old to have a drink that has alcohol in it, like these pomegranate margaritas do. However, if you’re looking for a festive drink for kids under age 21, you can make a mocktail version using ginger kombucha in place of the tequila.
- 5–6 medium limes, juiced (about ½ cup juice)
- 1 medium orange, juiced (about ¼ – ⅓ cup)
- 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar (optional)
- 6 ounces tequila of choice*
- 4 ounces pomegranate juice
- Pinch of salt
- Sparkling water (plain or lime flavored)
- Optional: turbinado sugar for rim, lime wedges or slices for serving, pomegranate seeds (arils)
- In a quart-sized mason jar or small pitcher, combine the lime juice, orange juice, honey, tequila, pomegranate juice, and salt. Stir well and set aside.
- [Optional step] To sugar the glass rims:
- Add turbinado sugar to a small, shallow bowl or small plate.
- Press a lime wedge onto the rim of a glass and drag it all around the rim to distribute a little lime juice around the rim of the glass.
- Turn the glass upside down and dip the rim into the bowl of sugar, turning the glass a few quarter turns back and forth to ensure the entire rim is sugared. Repeat for the remaining glasses.
- Fill each glass ¾ full with ice cubes.
- Pour ¼ of the margarita mixture into each glass.
- Top off with a bit of sparkling water.
- Garnish each glass with a lime slice and a few pomegranate seeds. Serve immediately.
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The margarita mixture in Step 1 can be made up to 2 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use. Pour over ice and top with sparkling water just before serving.
*For a mocktail, replace the tequila with an equal amount of a tequila alternative (we like Ritual Tequila Zero Proof, Trejo’s Spirits Tequila Alternative, and Spiritless Jalisco 55 Non-Alcoholic Tequila) or use an equal amount of ginger kombucha.
- Serving Size: 1 margarita
- Calories: 132
- Fat: 0 g
- (Sat Fat: 0 g)
- Sodium: 55 mg
- Carbohydrate: 9 g
- (Fiber: 0 g
- Sugar: 7 g)
- Protein: 0 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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