Christmas come early…

Pomegranate Margaritas I howsweeteats.com

K not really, but these are some serious red and green adult beverages we’ve got going on here. Just exactly HOW much fun would it be to drink these together?

Ugh. Let’s do that. Like five minutes ago.

Pomegranate Margaritas I howsweeteats.com

I didn’t realize their… “Christmas capacity” until I was uploading the photographs, which means that they are perfectly acceptable to drink today, in November, and straight through until December. And afterwards, when pomegranates are still in season. Oh and even after that, because the world has made pomegranate juice highly accessible to us omgyesthankgoodness.

Pomegranate Margaritas I howsweeteats.com

It’s been no secret over the last few years that I freakishly adore these bright little juicy gems. I don’t even do the whole pull-the-seeds-out-in-water-trick because I love slicing the poms open with a knife (hi my name is Dexter) and sucking the juice out, then working to get those little jewels into a cute tiny pile. Errrrr they are just so cute I want to punch them.

These margaritas aren’t anything too wild because they are a take on my favorite recipe, but listen… it is MY FAVORITE RECIPE. I am super picky about margaritas and can’t stress enough how outrageously dramatic I can get over them. Total flipout.

But would you expect anything less?

Pomegranate Margaritas I howsweeteats.com

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Pomegranate Margaritas

Yield: makes 1 margarita, is easily multiplied

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

2 ounces Grand Marnier
1 1/2 ounces Tequila
2 ounces pomegranate juice
2 ounce lime juice
1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
coarse salt for the rim
lime + pomegranate arils for garnish

Directions:

For simple syrup: combine equal parts sugar and water, bring to a boil and let sugar dissolve, then turn off heat and let cool completely.

Rim the ridge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in margarita salt. Fill the glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grand marnier, pom juice, simple syrup and lime juice with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds. Pour over ice and squeeze in extra lime slices. Add some pomegranate arils for decoration.

[This recipe can be easily doubled, quadrupled, etc. Since everyone’s tastes differ, add simple syrup 1/4 cup at a time and go from taste. I also suggest buying the lime juice if you plan on making a pitcher (or 2) considering you’d have to squeeze a billion limes to get enough juice.]

[adapted from my strawberry margs]

Pomegranate Margaritas I howsweeteats.com

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92 Responses to “Pomegranate Margaritas.”

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    Karen @ A Freckle In Time — November 9, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    Gorgeous pictures as always! Your other margaritas that I’ve tried have been fabulous, so I can only imagine these are just as delicious!

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    Kim in MD — November 9, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    Oh my gosh…that first photo blew me away! I love pomegranate! I am SO making this tonight! Why wait until Christmas?

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    Rachel Cooks — November 9, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    Can’t wait to drink one of these!!!

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    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — November 9, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    This make so ready for the weekend.

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 9, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    Ohhhh, this is so cute and a perfect way to end a work week!!! I am loving pomegranate season!!! Especially loving the dark chocolate covered ones! :) Have a great weekend!!

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    Liz — November 9, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    These would definitely be fun for Christmas!!

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — November 9, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    This sounds perfect! My sister-in-law is coming to our house this Thanksgiving and I now know exactly what to make to celebrate the start of the Christmas season!

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    Megan — November 9, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    Pomegranate under water?!??

    I’ve been complaining about the lack of easy dissect tool!!!!

    :)

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    Rachel — November 9, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    Is it wrong to make these for breakfast? Because I am seriously considering it!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — November 9, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    Ok… I know it’s not even 8am…. but I could use one of these right now!! It’s been quite the week!

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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh — November 9, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    They say pomegranates are super healthy, so I consider this a health food. ;-)

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    Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — November 9, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    I love pomegranates but have such a hard time opening them – even when I do the underwater trick I still come up looking like I’ve murdered someone! This year I think I’m going to break down and buy the prepackaged seeds. These look divine =)

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    Abby@ The Frosted Vegan — November 9, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    I’ve never done anything with pomegranates, but these are sooo the best way to start!

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    marla — November 9, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    Such beautiful drinks!!

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    allie@sweetpotatobites — November 9, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    i’ve never heard of the underwater trick with pomegranates before – thanks for the tip!

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    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — November 9, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    These margaritas look fantastic! I am in love with the Christmasy color theme whether it was planned or not! Dexter would be so proud.

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    Ammie — November 9, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    You must be margarita twin…I’m more than a little prejudice when it comes to tequila & margaritas. Neon green margarita mix…yuck! I can’t wait to make these beautiful, boozy beverages. :)

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    Ammie — November 9, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    P.S. Have you tried the La Pinta pomegranate tequila? Divine!!

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    Erin @ The Food Doctors — November 9, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    This was the signature drink at my wedding. :)

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    Karly — November 9, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    I’m gonna just go ahead and drink one of these for breakfast, mkay?

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    Ashley — November 9, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    So so pretty! I just love that first photo. Great contrast. While these look delicious, I am still thinking about….all the cheeses…all the time. :)

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    mrs. williams — November 9, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    I have two pomegranates in my fridge right now. This could mean trouble.

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — November 9, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    These look amazing! From one marg addict to another I cannot WAIT to try these!

    Possibly paired with my Saucy Shrimp Enchiladas, or maybe a whole new recipe for such a special drink! LOVE.

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    Lea — November 9, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    I don’t know you but I’m pretty sure I love you based on your ability to turn ANYTHING into a margarita.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 9, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    And Merry Christmas to you too – they look PERFECT!

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    Cheryl — November 9, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    Those look DEELISH. I think that I am definitely going to have to try these.

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    tracy {pale yellow} — November 9, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    A perfect way to start the weekend – can’t wait to try!

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    Julia Jolliff — November 9, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    Beautiful drinks and bet they taste even better. The pictures are just beautiful.

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    LisaG — November 9, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    Cheers! It’s been one of THOSE weeks. What brand/type of te-kill-ya do you prefer?

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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — November 9, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    These are some pretty dranks!

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    Michelle {LiveLoudly} — November 9, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    OMG!! I’ve been craving Strawberry margs but this just blows it out of the water. December 1st : I’m coming home and making these babies!
    Thanks so much :)

    -Michelle {LiveLoudly}
    Health & Wellness Blog

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    KatyA — November 9, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

    Finally, one of these fancy grown-up drinks I actually think I could find all the ingredients and make myself! I haven’t seen any of your other drink recipes, but you can bet I’ll be looking now! Yayyyy, I have a tasty cocktail for a holiday ladies night!!

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    Danijela — November 10, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    I’ve been making homemade pomegranate juice for long time. I just love it! This pomegranate – lime combinations seems perfect to me. I’ll have to give it a try. Thank you!

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — November 10, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    Phenomenal photos! Wow.

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    Vespa Woolf — November 10, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    What beautiful photographs. I’ll have to keep an eye out for pomegranates. Their season came and went in Peru, but you never know what you’ll find around Christmas time. Thanks so much!

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    Diana {Coco and Chic} — November 10, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    I love it, so seasonal and festive!! thanks for sharing it…have a great weekend!! :)

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — November 10, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    I know it’s only 3:22 in the afternoon…but I’d kind of love to start happy hour early with one of these. They look awesome!

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    Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} — November 10, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

    Oh my goodness gracious.. So perfect for Xmas!!! Gonna have to print this one! Loving those photos, too!

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — November 10, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    One of my favorites; I anxiously wait every year for poms to show up and the fabulous little arils that always remind me a bit of Julia Roberts – ‘slippery little suckers.’

    My recipe very similar but I have gotten quite addicted to my rimmer being a combination of salt and sugar; even the non salt folks will try it!

    Absolutely beautiful and I’m absolutely jealous; haven’t seen a pom yet in Denver…guess they haven’t made their way up this high yet. :)

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    Ashley — November 10, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

    hello Lady :)
    and nowww you’ve given me a reason to buy some POMS! :) thanks for the idea!

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    susan — November 10, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

    This looks fabulous. I am wondering if its possible to substitute something else for the grand marnier? Im allergic to orange, boo.
    Thanks for the wonderful recipe

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    Pamela — November 10, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

    Do use silver or gold tequila? Do you have a preferred brand?

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    Aggie — November 11, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    Seriously gorgeous drink. Times 1000.
    I just bought a case of poms at Costco. Love!

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    Becki Sue — November 11, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    It was a How Sweet Eats evening at my house. Made these tasty margaritas to serve with your chicken enchilada spaghetti. Compliments all around. Keep doing what you do. I am certainly a fan!!!

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    Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog — November 11, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

    I just bought a few pomegranates at the store this afternoon and after seeing this post I think my plans for them have changed. I mean who could resist a margarita?!? These look so delicious!!

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    Heather — November 12, 2012 @ 2:04 am

    These are absolutely gorgeous. I’m already planning a pitcher for Christmas with my boyfriend.

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    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — November 12, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    ohhhhhhh I so want one of these. Maybe two. I freaking LOVE all of your margarita combinations. Girl after my own heart. And happy 30th by the way!! Hope its been a great birthday week/month!!!

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    Rachel @ The Pescetarian and the Pig — November 12, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    Wow, I am NOT missing out on these this year! I think I’m gonna bring them to Thanksgiving dinner! No doubt they’ll he a hit

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    Linda Walbridge — November 15, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    I’ve a whole crisper drawer full of fresh picked pomegranates. I’m on this for Thanksgiving cocktails! Wish I could have one with my oatmeal right now…LOL

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    Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen — November 17, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    Yum! These looks beautiful and delicious! I think they look perfect for Thanksgiving too! Yahoo! ;)

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