These winter margaritas are the perfect holiday drink for tequila lovers. They're made with pomegranate and orange juice, and they're sweet, easy to drink, and super festive. Garnish them with sprigs of rosemary and some pomegranate arils or cranberries to make them look extra special.
Why We Love These Margaritas
These winter margaritas are perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holiday gatherings. They pack a punch, but you can't tell. They're made with pomegranate, orange, and lime juice, and they're sweetened with maple syrup, which gives them cozy winter vibes.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
Pomegranate juice: Pomegranate juice is perfect for this winter margarita because pomegranates are a winter fruit and super seasonal. If you need to make a substitution, try cranberry juice cocktail instead.
Fresh orange: We juice a fresh orange. If you'd rather use bottled orange juice, there are 4 to 5 tablespoons of orange juice in one orange, so you can use 2 to 2.5 tablespoons of orange juice in this recipe.
Fresh lime: We juice a fresh lime. If you'd rather use bottled lime juice, there are about 2 tablespoons of juice in one lime.
Maple syrup: If you don't have maple syrup, you can use regular simple syrup.
Tequila: Use whatever tequila you generally like in your margaritas.
See recipe card for amounts.
Step 1: Add about a cup of ice to a cocktail shaker or a jar with a lid. Juice the lime and orange and pour the juice into the shaker or jar. Add the pomegranate juice, maple syrup and tequila, then cover and shake 10-15 times.
Step 2: Add enough raw sugar (or sugar of your choice) to cover the surface of a small saucer. Fill a small bowl with water, then dip the rim of your desired glasses into the water and then into the sugar. Fill halfway with ice, then divide the margarita mixture between the two glasses.
Step 3: Garnish with orange slices, a rosemary sprig, and pomegranate arils or fresh cranberries if desired.
Frequently asked questions
Of course you can make this into a mocktail! If you're pregnant, enjoying dry January, or just trying to be healthy, omit the tequila and enjoy this as a margarita mocktail. It's just as tasty.
Yes! All you need to do is pour all of the ingredients into a blender, add 1 cup of ice and blend until smooth.
You can, but I highly recommend fresh squeezed. You don't need much juice, and it's so much better fresh.