Calling all tequila lovers! Update your traditional Pomegranate Martini recipe by replacing the vodka with tequila. This delicious drink with a sugar-rimmed glass will make you look like a master bartender and have all of your friends asking for the recipe!
Tequila doesn't get the love it deserves, especially when it comes to martinis. So we decided to change that when we made this delicious Pomegranate Martini recipe.
Whoever thinks that tequila doesn't belong in a martini is missing out on the good things in life. We love a classic margarita like everyone else, but this festive martini lets the tequila shine.
This martini is so good, even people who think they don't like tequila fall in love with it.
Why you will love this tequila martini
▶︎ It's smooth. Good tequila makes really good cocktails.
▶︎ It's balanced. The red color makes it look like it would be super sweet, but it's not. The tequila and Grand Marnier pair perfectly with the pomegranate and lime juices and grenadine adds only a hint of sweetness.
▶︎ It's gorgeous. The pomegranate juice gives it a deep red color that looks so pretty in a martini glass, especially with the sugared rim and lime twist.
Are you checking your liquor cabinet yet?
There are only a few ingredients for this martini recipe so be sure to use the highest quality!
- Fresh lime juice is essential to the flavor of this drink, so skip the bottled stuff that contains preservatives.
- There is only a splash of grenadine in this drink, but it helps balance the sweet and tart flavors perfectly.
The sugar-rimmed glasses are essential for this cocktail. They instantly elevate the drink in just two easy steps.
Pour superfine sugar on a small plate and rim the edge of the martini glass with a lime wedge.
Invert glass on top of sugar and twist to coat. Turn glass back over and set aside until ready to fill.
Fill a shaker with ice. Add tequila, pomegranate juice, and Grand Marnier.
Add lime juice and grenadine.
Shake for at least 30 seconds and pour into prepared glass.
This recipe is pretty forgiving so you can use gold or silver tequila in it, just be sure it is 100% agave and something that you like to drink alone. The flavor of the drink is only as good as the individual ingredients.
Superfine sugar is exactly what it sounds like: sugar that is super fine. It is readily available and can be found in the baking aisle of your grocery store.
Absolutely! I love to make a batch ahead of time. Just wait to add the ice until you give it a final shake before serving.
Expert tips for the best martinis
✘ Use high quality ingredients. When you are making cocktails with a short ingredient list, you can definitely taste the difference.
✘ Use enough ice. The more ice you have in the shaker, the easier it is to get it chilled.
✘ Shake your martini well. Nobody likes a lukewarm martini. The longer you shake it, the colder (and better) it is. We recommend at least 30 seconds.
✘ Use a pretty glass. Everything tastes better when it looks good. It's easy to elevate your drink game using a fun glass.
✘ Garnish before serving. A simple skewer with thinly sliced green apples adds a perfect finishing touch. It's the little things that up your home bartending skills.
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- Superfine sugar and lime wedge for rim
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce pomegranate juice
- ¾ ounce lime juice
- ¾ ounce Grand Marnier
- Splash of grenadine
- Prepare the glass by rubbing edge with lime wedge and coating in superfine sugar.Superfine sugar and lime wedge for rim
- Pour all liquid ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice and shake well.2 ounces tequila, 1 ounce pomegranate juice, ¾ ounce lime juice, ¾ ounce Grand Marnier, Splash of grenadine
- Shake for at least 30 seconds and strain contents of shaker into prepared glass.
- Garnish with lime twist and serve immediately.
Nutrition info not guaranteed to be accurate.