The Pomegranate Margarita is so perfect during winter when fresh pomegranates are readily available at the market.
If pomegranates and cranberries are only synonymous with the holidays I’m in big trouble. I’m still buying them and even more importantly still loving them. They are two of the things I look most forward to each winter; for both foods I love and this delicious Pomegranate Margarita. Can you blame me?
I recently made this Spinach, Pomegranate and Prosciutto Salad and it was so divine I want one everyday. I was encouraged that I’m not alone when I was served this Cranberry and Sage house special ‘winter’ cocktail this past weekend at a favorite restaurant but also when I saw David Lebovitz post a recipe the other day that uses cranberry sauce in a glaze for meatballs. It felt so good knowing I am not alone!
It’s no big surprise that I love margaritas and making my own is what had me turn the corner years ago. I might even be a bit of a margarita snob…if being snobby is categorized by using quality products and fresh fruit for my libations.
I learned long ago, and yes I am repeating myself here…use a decent reposado tequila, none of that really cheap stuff. I also don’t recommend using really expensive stuff either…somewhere in the middle is good; I like 1800 Reposado. Reasonably priced and slightly aged makes it my go to. Plus? Real orange liqueur. Cheap triple sec does not count. I like using Patron’s Citronge but have also used Grand Marnier and both are good. Just look at the label; it should include the essence of orange, not just sugar and artificial flavors.
Start with those two and the rest is easy. Fresh fruit is a must but I won’t lie and I love using both lemon and lime and in a pinch I have used frozen lemonade and limeade in lieu of fresh fruit and simple syrup. In a pinch means a blizzard is raging and I want a margarita. Bad.
This is a gorgeous cocktail with a nice citrus bite and I can’t deny it certainly embodies the colors of the holidays. I say that even as I look at a Christmas tree that is still standing; yikes…please don’t judge! But seriously don’t let that stop you. Let’s assume you are planning in advance for Valentine’s Day; that red is just beautiful isn’t it?
- 1 ½ ounces Tequila
To Rim the Glasses
- Margarita/Sugar combination for rimming We combine equal parts coarse salt and sugar
- 2 ounces pomegranate juice
- 2 ounces orange liqueur
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1 ½ ounces simple syrup equal parts water and sugar, brought to a boil until sugar dissolves and cooled before using
- Lime sections and pomegranate arils
- Rim the edge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in salt. Fill the glass with ice.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour tequila, pomegranate juice, orange liqueur, lime and lemon juices and simple syrup in shaker. Shake hard 12-15 times and then pour mixture into the prepared glass.
- Garnish with lime slices and pomegranate arils.