If you’re looking for a delicious and festive tequila holiday cocktail, this rosemary pomegranate margarita is it! Made with pure pomegranate juice and rosemary simple syrup, it’s sweet, tart, herby, and so easy to make.
How to make a rosemary pomegranate margarita
I’m all about keeping my cocktail recipes simple and easy with minimal ingredients that pack a punch! And this recipe is no exception. All you need is:
- Blanco Tequila
- Orange Liqueur
- Pomegranate Juice
It starts with a rosemary simple syrup that is ridiculously easy to make but adds so much flavor to this cocktail. Rosemary steeps in warm liquid sugar to capture all its herby flavor.
Then it’s combined with the rest of our ingredients and stirred in the cocktail glass. This includes our blanco tequila for a smooth tequila flavor, orange liqueur to compliment the sweet and tart pomegranate juice, and lime juice to help brighten up the cocktail and cut through the sweetness.
All together, this cocktail is well balanced but full of flavor. It’s not too tart, not too sweet, and not too strong. It’s the perfect cocktail for any Holiday party!
Blanco Tequila – Espolon Blanco Tequila is always my go-to. It’s incredibly smooth and pure without any weird vanilla artificial flavors added in. It’s also at a very reasonable price point and can be found at most grocery and beverage stores.
Orange Liqueur – I’m not as picky here, but I always go for Cointreau as it never fails.
How to make rosemary simple syrup
To infuse the flavor of rosemary into this cocktail, we start by making homemade rosemary simple syrup.
Simple syrup is just equal parts water and sugar that’s heated until the sugar is dissolved. To incorporate some added flavor, rosemary is dropped in while the syrup is still piping hot.
The mixture steeps for 30 minutes to 1 hour. I prefer the one hour mark as I find this provides the most rosemary flavor, but 30 minutes will also do the trick!
Once cooled, the syrup is chilled in a glass container until we’re ready to make our cocktails. For even MORE flavor, drop a sprig of rosemary in with the simple syrup before chilling.
Pomegranate margarita garnish
Most importantly, garnish each cocktail with a sprig of rosemary! Inhaling the scent of fresh rosemary only adds to the herby flavor.
Can I substitute a different alcohol?
If tequila isn’t your thing but you would still like to enjoy a delicious rosemary pomegranate drink, here are some swaps you can make:
Mezcal – Swap one for one with the tequila for an added smoky element
Gin – Swap the tequila with 1 oz gin and omit the salt rim. Gin pairs really well with the herby rosemary.
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