This Pomegranate Margarita is a fun way to change up your classic margarita cocktail!
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I love a good margarita, but I am not a fan of using the sweet and sour mixes.
I love a homemade margarita that is made with fresh fruit juices. Like my Chile Lime Watermelon Margarita!
And since I also love to experiment with flavors, this Pomegranate Margarita is a fun change to the classic tequila cocktail!
I like to use clear tequila for this fruit margarita.
Colored or amber tequila works as well, but it does bring a little flavor with it.
The triple sec brings a hint of orange flavor. You could use other orange liqueurs or even a touch of orange juice if preferred.
Pomegranate Seeds or Pomegranate Juice?
Honestly, either will work.
I personally prefer the seeds because they have a fresher flavor and also bring a brighter red color to the cocktail.
To use pomegranate seeds (called pomegranate arils), simply substitute the 1 ounce of pomegranate juice with 1 Tablespoon of the pomegranate seeds and put them in the glass before adding ice or any other ingredients.
Then crush them with a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon to crush the seeds open and release the juice.
Pomegranate juice is a great option if the seeds are not accessible or in season, or if you are making a batch for a crowd!
If I am able to get the seeds, I like to use them as a garnish in each drink for extra color, plus they are fun to eat. 🙂
Salt or Sugar Rim?
I am personally a huge fan of salt rims on margaritas, so that is my default.
But this fruit margarita is perfect for a sugar rim as well!
Regardless of which one you prefer, simply run a lime around the entire rim of the glass.
Then dip and roll the glass in either sugar or salt.
Now you are ready to fill with your cocktail and garnishes!
I very strongly recommend using fresh lime juice instead of bottled lime juice for pretty much any recipe.
The flavor is just so much better from a fresh lime, especially when you can really taste it like in this pomegranate margarita.
You need 1/2 lime for each cocktail, which is about 1 ounce of juice (or just short of).
Want to avoid the dry limes? I have a trick for you!
Squeeze the limes! If they are firm, they are dry inside and you will not get much juice. If they are softer, you have a juicy lime!
I was doing this one day at the grocery store and a woman came up to me and said “I thought I was the only one that knew that trick!” and it works! Now no need to waste buying limes that are too dry.
- If desired, salt or sugar the glass rim by first running a lime wedge around the edge of the glass. Then roll the glass rim in sugar or salt.
- If using pomegranate seeds, place the seeds in the bottom of the glass and crush with a muddler or wooden spoon to pop the seeds and release the juices.
- Fill the glass with ice. Pour all ingredients over the ice. Stir.
- Garnish with lime wedges and pomegranate seeds as desired.