Pomegranate Maple Margarita

This pomegranate margarita is sweetened with maple syrup and has an irresistible salty-sweet rim. A few pomegranate arils are added for garnish. This gorgeous red cocktail is one of my favorite autumn sips. It’s so good!

If you love pomegranate drinks, you’ll also enjoy this Pomegranate Cosmopolitan.

This ruby-red pomegranate margarita is one of my favorite fall cocktails. It has the perfect amount of sweetness, plus a salty-sweet rim that’s a nod to my husband and the importance of compromise in marriage. See, he’s a sweet guy, and I’m definitely a salty gal. So when it comes to margaritas I’d be all about a salty rim. But because I know he appreciates a good margarita too I make this cocktail with a rim that’s a little salty, a little sweet. How’s that for meeting him in the middle? It helps that this margarita is really, really good.

How to Salt a Rim

If you’ve never salted the rim of a glass for a margarita, the concept can be a little perplexing. But a nicely rimmed cocktail is definitely part of the margarita experience so don’t skip this step! To salt a rim – or in this case, to salty-sweet a rim – do this:

  • Combine your salt/sugar mixture on a plate. You can use all salt or all sugar, depending on your preferences.
  • Get a lime wedge and run it along the rim of your glass. The lime juice will help the salt/sugar stick to the rim.
  • Rim the glass. Turn your glass upside down and place the rim into the salt/sugar mixture, twisting it gently from side to side.

Now you can rim margaritas like a pro.

Two pomegranate margaritas next to sliced open pomegranate pieces

Maple Syrup Instead of Simple Syrup

Many margarita recipes use simple syrup to add sweetness to the drink. The reason for this is that sugar crystals don’t dissolve well in cold liquid, while a simple syrup will seamlessly blend with the rest of your cocktail ingredients.

In this recipe I used maple syrup instead of simple syrup for two reasons: first, it’s quicker than making simple syrup (even though it’s easy to make it), and second, I like the maple undertone that it adds to this cocktail.

How to Make a Pomegranate Margarita

Are you ready to make the best margarita in minutes? Here’s how to do it:

  • Salt the Rim. Combine the salt and sugar on a shallow plate. Run a lime wedge along the rim of your margarita glass to wet it, then invert the glass into the salty-sweet mixture to coat the rim. Set the glass aside.
  • Combine the cocktail ingredients. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the lime juice, tequila, pomegranate juice, triple sec, and maple syrup to the shaker. Cover and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
  • Serve. Strain the margarita into your serving glass, being careful not to pour the liquid onto your salted rim.

That’s it!

What Goes with a Margarita?

For a snack or appetizer, I’m partial to tortilla chips paired with homemade guacamole and pico de gallo salsa. But a margarita goes with so many things, particularly Mexican foods. For dinner, I would definitely be down for a quesabirra taco or a birria quesadilla with this margarita, or perhaps some crunchy black bean flautas.

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Pomegranate Margarita

Two pomegranate margaritas next to sliced open pomegranate pieces
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This pomegranate margarita is sweetened with maple syrup and has an irresistible salty-sweet rim. A few pomegranate arils are added for garnish. This gorgeous red cocktail is one of my favorite autumn sips

  • Author: Rustic Family Recipes
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Shake
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American

Ingredients

For the Salty-Sweet Rim:

  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar

For the Margarita

  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 3 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 3/4 ounce triple sec
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Ice
  • Pomegranate arils (optional, to garnish)
  • Lime wedge (optional, to garnish)

Instructions

Salt the Rim. Combine the salt and sugar on a shallow plate. Run a lime wedge along the rim of your margarita glass to wet it, then invert the glass into the salty-sweet mixture to coat the rim. Set the glass aside.

Combine the cocktail ingredients. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the lime juice, tequila, pomegranate juice, triple sec, and maple syrup to the shaker. Cover and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.

Serve. Strain the margarita into your serving glass, being careful not to pour the liquid onto your salted rim.

Keywords: pomegranate cocktails, easy margarita recipe

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