Pomegranate Margarita


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This pomegranate margarita is a festive twist to the classic margarita, perfect for Christmas and the holidays! It’s beautifully hued, naturally sweet, and the perfect addition to your winter cocktail collection.

Two glasses of pomegranate margarita on a table.

If a classic margarita is your cocktail of choice, you’re going to love this merry and bright pomegranate margarita! It’s fruity and refreshing with the perfect balance of sweet and tart. And that gorgeous red hue will have everyone feeling joyous, especially during the holidays.

Pomegranate season may be short, but their sweetness goes a long way in a variety of recipes. Mix the seeds into a pomegranate guacamole. Bake them into a pear, pomegranate and maple crumble. Sprinkle them onto a roasted delicata squash salad. And last but not least, infuse them into a cocktail just in time for the holidays.

Ingredients for a pomegranate margarita on a table.

Pomegranate Margarita Ingredients

All you need to do is add pomegranate juice to your classic margarita ingredients. It’s that easy!

  • Pomegranate Juice: Adds a festive and fruity touch to a classic recipe.
  • Tequila: Choose a good Blanco or Reposado tequila for their shining agave flavor.
  • Orange Liqueur: I like to use Cointreau, but feel free to use other brands.
  • Lime Juice: Make sure to use fresh lime juice – it makes all the difference.
  • Margarita Salt: This is optional, but that salty sweet combo is always a favorite of mine.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below

How To Make A Pomegranate Margarita

  • Salt the rim of your glass (optional). On a small plate, add a few tablespoons of margarita salt. Slice a lime into quarters, rub it along the rim of your glass, and dip the glass into the salt.
  • Stir everything together. Add the pomegranate juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice to pitcher and give it a stir.
  • Serve it up! Pour the margarita into glasses filled with ice. Then garnish with lime slices and fresh pomegranate arils.

Pouring pomegranate margarita into a glass.

Pomegranate Margarita Variations

  • Make it sweeter. If you like your drinks on the sweeter side, you can add a little honey, or maple syrup.
  • Add bubbles. Fancy some bubbles in your cocktail? Add a splash of club soda as the final touch.
  • Make it extra fruity. Pomegranate pairs nicely with pineapple or cucumber flavors. Simply crush either ingredients at the bottom of your shaker before adding in the rest of the ingredients.

Making Ahead And Storing

If you want to make a pitcher of this for a larger crowd, it’s totally doable. Just double or triple the recipe ingredients and mix everything in a large pitcher that has a sealed lid.

And good news, this will keep for a few days in the fridge. So feel free to make this a day or two early.

Glasses of pomegranate margarita next to slices of lime.

More Holiday Cocktails

Keep the party going this holiday season with these delicious cocktails! They’ll pair beautifully with your favorite Christmas dinner recipes.

If you make this recipe, let me know how it turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

Pomegranate Margarita

5 from 13 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


This pomegranate margarita is a festive twist to the classic margarita, perfect for Christmas and the holidays!



  • If you'd like, salt the rim of your glass. Stir together the tequila, orange liqueur, pomegranate juice and lime juice in a small pitcher. Pour the pomegranate margarita into a glass full of ice. Garnish with lime slices, and fresh pomegranate arils.

Lisa's Tips

  • Make sure to use fresh limes for the lime juice and not bottled lime juice. The flavor difference is huge. 
  • If you're making a large batch, I recommend this break resistant pitcher (and it's big!).


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 601mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Holiday Cocktail, Margarita, Margarita Recipe, Pomegranate Margarita
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. I love this recipe. I mix up a batch and put it in the fridge. When ready to serve, I pour it over ice and top it off with some club soda or seltzer. It lightens it up and makes for a very refreshing summer cocktail.5 stars

  2. Great idea! I think this is going to be on our Christmas Day menu along with tacos. Very traditional, I know.

  3. This cocktail looks so fun and I do love salt around the edge of my cocktail glass! The colour combination here is to die for and I love that it is festive and filled with cheer. What a zesty fresh drink, which is right up my alley, thanks!5 stars

  4. This cocktail is so much fun; I love the deep red color super idea for the holidays. Besides who doesn’t love a good margarita?5 stars