I can't think of a better way to bring on the holiday cheer than with these delicious Spiced Pomegranate Margaritas. The gorgeous red color of the pomegranate juice and sparkle from the arils makes them beautiful and festive. And, the warm scents of cinnamon, anise and orange liquor will certainly help to make your spirits bright. This holiday season, be sure to cozy up by the fire with this refreshing cocktail. You won't be disappointed!
What You Need To Make Spiced Pomegranate Margaritas
Here's how to make a great tasting, refreshing Spiced Pomegranate Margarita:
- Pomegranate Juice- similar to cranberry juice but a little less tart and goes really nicely with the spices.
- Tequila- although some argue reposado tequila is the best for margaritas, silver or blanco tequila is great to use for this recipe.
- Cointreau- is a high quality orange liquor that has a crisp, clean orange flavor that blends very well in this drink. I like my margaritas to have a strong punch. I like using Cointreau, has it has more depth of flavor than other brands of triple-sec.
- Cinnamon Sugar- is what makes this drink festive and fun and balances out the tartness of the pomegranate juice.
- Cinnamon Stick- as you sip and stir the drink, the spice from the cinnamon stick lingers and leaves a sweet peppery finish.
- Star Anise- offers a warm, mild licorice like aroma and makes a gorgeous garnish for the drink.
- Pomegranate Arils- the drink doesn't actually require this, but they sure look gorgeous and festive. They sparkle like little Christmas ornaments. To save some time and sanity, I look for Pom pomegranate arils which have already been removed from the fruit. Red fruit massacre averted!
Spiced Pomegranate Margarita Add-Ons and Substitutions
You can make this margarita sweeter or more tart depending on your preference.
- Mix in a few drops of agave or simple syrup to sweeten up the drink.
- Alternatively, you can squeeze in a few drops of lime juice to kick up the tartness a notch.
- You can make this drink a mocktail simply by using pomegranate juice, and substituting the alcohol with a splash of fresh orange juice or orange flavored seltzer (if you prefer a fizzy drink). Adding the spices and cinnamon sugar to the rim of the glass make it special.
- Whether tart or sweet, adding a ton of ice to this drink is the way to go.
On a side note, I'm so excited and grateful because my son is coming home from college. The holidays seem extra special to me this year for that reason. We haven't seen him since Labor Day and it was a really quick visit. I'm looking forward to hearing all the details of his first semester at college and of course filling him up with all the healthy home cooked meals!
What are you all looking forward to this holiday season? I love reading your comments so be sure to visit me over on Instagram and Facebook to tell me all about the recipes you've tried here on the blog!
Cheers! xo Donna
Spiced Pomegranate Margaritas
- 3 oz pomegranate juice
- 1.5 oz tequila
- 1 tablespoon Cointreau
- cinnamon sugar
- cinnamon stick
- star anise
- pomegranate arils
- Dip the rim of a chilled glass into the cinnamon sugar to coat.
- Add juice, tequila, Cointreau, and plenty of ice and stir with cinnamon stick.
- Top the drink with a star anise and a few pomegranate arils if desired.
- Drink responsibly.