A festive margarita for the holidays! Our cinnamon pomegranate margarita is a twist on the classic margarita, using cinnamon syrup and pomegranate juice! It’s perfect for a holiday party!
‘Tis the season for holiday drinks and we’re always looking for something fun and festive to make for Thanksgiving and Christmas. A margarita is one of our favorite cocktails and can be enjoyed all year long by adding just a few additional ingredients you turn it into a holiday cocktail.
Before diving into the recipe below, we’re sharing a brief history and some more useful information for making this delicious pomegranate margarita!
A BRIEF MARGARITA HISTORY
Margarita history starts with Margaret Sames. In 1948, she invited some guests over for a cocktail party and decided to experiment with some alcohol. She mixed Cointreau and tequila with a bit of lime and salt around the edge of the glass.
You can find ten marvelous Margarita recipes on our website here.
HOW DO YOU RIM A GLASS WITH SUGAR or SALT?
For this recipe, we used sugar to salt the rim. It goes better with the pomegranate juice. However, if you just love a salted rim you can do that to!
The best way to rim glass and have the salt stay on the rim is by using water. Place water in a shallow plate and salt in a separate shallow plate.
Dip the rim of the glass in the water and then in the salt. We find that this works much better than using a lime or lemon wedge or citrus juice.
HOW MUCH ALCOHOL IS IN THE MARGARITA?
Typically, there are two ounces of Tequila in a Margarita. You can add more or less depending on how you like the taste of Tequila.
These days, you can get away with any 8-ounce low ball glass. You can also use a traditional Welled Margarita Glass. It offers a wide rim for you to put salt or sugar on it. It’s an elegant design that’s perfect for this drink!
BEST TEQUILA FOR MARGARITAS
Here are a few of our favorite tequilas. You can purchase these at any beverage store and at most grocery stores. Similarly, they’re all affordable and good quality.
For this recipe we used Espolon Blanco.
Casamigos Blanco Tequila – Crisp with hints of vanilla. It’s a very good tequila to sip too.
Espolòn Reposada Tequila Blanco or Gold
El Destilador Silver Tequila – Very affordable
Items You’ll Need to Make a Pomegranate Margarita
- Citrus Squeezer
- Cocktail Shaker
- Cocktail Jigger
- Sauce Pan and Measuring Cups – For the simple syrup.
How to Make Cinnamon Simple Syrup
Simple syrup is as simple as the name! It’s equal cups water and sugar, simmered together in a saucepan until the sugar is melted. For this recipe, we added a cinnamon stick and star anise to give the cocktail a holiday spice flavor.
If you’re interested in learning more about making simple syrups, check out our complete guide full of information!
One of the most important steps when making a margarita is the shaking. The ice works to dilute the cocktail creating the ingredients to perfectly blend together.
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Cinnamon Pomegranate Margarita
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce lime juice , freshly squeezed
- 1 ounce pomegranate juice
- 1/2 ounce cointreau
- 1/2 ounce cinnamon simple syrup
Cinnamon Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise
- In a saucepan combine the water, sugar, cinnamon stick, and star anise and bring to a simmer until the sugar has melted.
- Let it simmer for another 5 minutes and then cool to room temperature.
- The simple syrup can stay in the refrigerator for a week.
Cinnamon Pomegranate Margarita
- Rim the glass with sugar.
- Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake the cocktail for 30 seconds. Give it a good shake and no less than 30 seconds as the ice needs to dilute and mix the ingredients.
- Strain the cocktail in a sugar-rimmed glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick, pomegranates, and an orange slice.