Pomegranates are full of antioxidants but they aren’t the easiest fruit on the planet to eat. Fortunately, there is another option using pomegranate juice. It is a great cocktail ingredient in drinks such as pomegranate martinis, strawberry pomegranate mojitos and of course these pomegranate margaritas.
Pomegranates are typically available during late summer until early winter. They are high in antioxidants, potassium and vitamin C according to the POM Council. On that same site they list three different ways to juice a pomegranate. One is with a hand juicer, the other is with a blender and the third is rolling. While I always use fresh citrus juice in my cocktails, I’m a little scared to juice a pomegranate. Something about that bright red juice squirting all over freaks me out.
So, I tend to go with POM Wonderful juice for my pomegranate margaritas (and most of my other pomegranate cocktails). There are no added colors or preservatives to it and it has the sweet/tart taste I expect from pomegranate. It’s also really good when mixed with orange liqueur. And tequila. And salt. All in the same glass.
3 ounces silver tequila
5 ounces pomegranate juice
2 ounces Cointreau
1 fresh squeezed lime
2 lime wedges and/or pomegrante arils for garnish
Optional: margarita salt
If you want salt, rim glasses with lime and dip in the margarita salt.
Fill the margarita glasses with ice.
Pour the tequila, pom juice, Cointreau and fresh squeezed lime into a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake and strain into the margarita glasses and garnish with lime wedges and/or pomegranate arils.
Makes two pomegranate margaritas. But we know you’ll want refills.
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