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Pomegranate Key Lime Margarita

by flavorthemoments on May 4, 2014

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Pomegranate Key Lime Margarita is a refreshing blend of POM pomegranate juice, fresh key lime juice, simple syrup, Cointreau, and silver tequila.  Drink it on the rocks — no blender required!

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I know I’m a bit early, but Happy Cinco de Mayo!  I have no Mexican bloodlines, but I love celebrating Cinco de Mayo with delicious Mexican food and drink, which I love dearly.  Last week I shared with you my Mango Tomatillo Guacamole and Chicken Verde Enchilada Bake with Heirloom Cherry Tomato Salsa.  You need something appropriate to wash that Mexican fare down with, and that’s where this Pomegranate Key Lime Margarita comes in.  It’s so much better than Pacifico with lime, although that would be my second choice. :)

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Of course I know it’s not pomegranate season, but this right here is my favorite margarita EVER, and I’m not waiting until winter to share it.  Besides, thanks to POM pomegranate juice, you can enjoy it year round.  POM did not pay me to say that — I love their juices and I simply feel the need to share it. :)

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The first time I had a pomegranate margarita was at The Cheesecake Factory, and it was the best thing on the menu.  I never went there for the food, it was for the margarita and I would only eat because I had to. ;)  They’ve since taken it off the menu, which means I had to take matters into my own hands and develop my own.  Pretty simply stuff since I’m a no-frills kind of gal when it comes to margaritas.  I don’t care for frozen ones, I like mine on the rocks with no salt.  Yes, the margarita in the photos appears to have salt (it’s actually sugar), as I thought it would look better in the photos.  I promptly wiped it off before I drank it. :)

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I used key lime juice instead of regular lime juice because regular limes are now $.79 each and they don’t even produce very much juice!  I can buy a whole bag of key limes for $2.99, and they’re so juicy.  You can even squeeze them and the freeze the juice and thaw it when you need it.  One bag of key limes usually yields 1/2 cup of juice, and it’s so worth 5-10 minutes of squeezing time. :)

We need to talk tequila now, and I think silver is always the best way to go since it’s got a nice, clean flavor.  I used Sauza as it’s a reasonable price and I don’t make margaritas at home often enough to buy Patron.  The Cointreau has a nice orange flavor, and I prefer it to Triple Sec.  Let me warn you that this recipe is on the stronger side as I like to taste the tequila.  I think this has the perfect balance of tartness, tanginess, sweetness, and tequila flavor, but why don’t you make a batch and see for yourself?  I can’t think of a better drink to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with. :)

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Pomegranate Key Lime Margarita

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: About 2 margaritas

Pomegranate Key Lime Margarita

Pomegranate Key Lime Margarita is a refreshing blend of POM pomegranate juice, fresh key lime juice, simple syrup, Cointreau, and silver tequila. Drink it on the rocks -- no blender required!

Ingredients

1/2 cup silver tequila (I used Sauza)

1/4 cup Cointreau

1/2 cup pure pomegranate juice (I used POM)

1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon simple syrup*

3 tablespoons fresh key lime juice

sliced key limes and salt, for garnish

Instructions

Place the tequila, Cointreau, pomegranate juice, simple syrup, and key lime juice in pitcher and stir until combined. Place the salt, if using, on a plate. Wet the rims of your glasses and press the rims down into the salt. Fill the glasses with ice, and pour the margarita mixture into your glasses. Garnish with the key lime slices and enjoy!

Notes

*Cook time above is for making your simple syrup. Place 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in small saucepan. Cook on low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar melts. Increase the heat to medium and stir until it thickens slightly. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Triple sec can be substituted for the Cointreau.

Regular lime juice can be substituted for the key lime juice.

Recipe by Flavor the Moments.

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Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust} May 4, 2014 at 10:27 am

I love love love LOVE pomegranate! And margaritas! This sounds like a winning combination for sure!
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flavorthemoments May 5, 2014 at 11:14 am

These are completely addicting and so refreshing. I hope you’re able to give it a try. Thanks, Alyssa! :)

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Lisa @ Cooking with Curls May 4, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Looks like I am going back to the store to buy pomegranate juice! That drink looks amazing Marcie, I can’t wait to give it a try. Happy Cinco de Mayo!!
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flavorthemoments May 5, 2014 at 11:21 am

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Lisa, and hope you’re having a great day. :)

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) May 4, 2014 at 4:24 pm

This looks so delish! I can’t wait to try this!! Love the key lime addition.
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flavorthemoments May 5, 2014 at 11:24 am

Thank you, Jocelyn, and happy Cinco de Mayo! :)

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Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron May 4, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Yum! Love margaritas, anything {anything!} key lime, and of course pomegranate juice. Looks delish.
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flavorthemoments May 5, 2014 at 11:28 am

I’m with you on the anything key lime! Thanks, Denise! :)

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Liz May 5, 2014 at 7:07 am

Wow, Marcie! This drink sounds amazing and I know my husband would love it! Pinning and saving for later! :)
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flavorthemoments May 5, 2014 at 11:32 am

Thank you, Liz! This is definitely my favorite margarita flavor. :)

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor May 5, 2014 at 9:03 am

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Marcie! There is no better way to celebrate than with a margarita. I love pomegranate drinks and definitely need to try this one. Cheers!
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flavorthemoments May 5, 2014 at 11:33 am

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Ashley! And your right…margaritas are definitely the way to go today. :)

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Ashley May 5, 2014 at 5:42 pm

I’ll take a glass please! : ) We had margaritas this weekend and I forgot to actually have one today … on actual cinco de mayo! haha

Regular limes are so bad right now! Expensive and just bleh with no juice!
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flavorthemoments May 5, 2014 at 8:46 pm

I didn’t have one today either! For some reason I’m craving red wine instead. haha I did make my guacamole again at least. :) I like your description of limes right now — they are “bleh” with no juice! Key limes are where it’s at right now. Have a good night! :)

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Monet May 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm

On the rocks! That is how I like it! Thank you for sharing, Marcie. A sweet and delicious way to end my Monday! I hope you have a wonderful week.
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flavorthemoments May 6, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Thank you, Monet, and I hope you had a lovely Cinco de Mayo! :)

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Alyssa @ My Sequined Life May 5, 2014 at 10:12 pm

I’m a big margarita fan, though I’ve never tried one flavored with pomegranate + key lime. It sounds delicious! While Cinco de Mayo may be just about over, I think I’ll extend the holiday so that I can try this one! Yum. :)
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flavorthemoments May 6, 2014 at 6:54 pm

I firmly believe that margaritas aren’t just for Cinco de Mayo, just like pomegranate isn’t just for winter. haha These are nice and refreshing for a warm day or evening! Thanks for stopping by, Alyssa!

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Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen May 6, 2014 at 5:06 am

Delicious Marcie! I love using Pom juice. The flavor is so concentrated and good. I’m going to have to switch to key limes because the last few limes I tried to squeeze were almost completely dried out.
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flavorthemoments May 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Yep, limes are so dry right now! At least key limes are plenty juicy so we can use those in our margaritas instead. Thanks, Christin!

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Kathy @ Olives & Garlic May 6, 2014 at 6:05 am

This makes me think of Key West, I would love to be on the beach out there right now drinking this delicious margarita.

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flavorthemoments May 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm

I’ve never been to Key West, but the limes transport me to a tropical place every time I eat them or drink them! :)

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Laura Dembowski May 6, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I love a pomegranate martini, so I know I’d love a margarita! The color is so pretty.
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flavorthemoments May 6, 2014 at 7:04 pm

I’ve never had a pomegranate martini, but I’m sure I’d love that! The color is definitely a bonus. :)

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Trish - Mom On Timeout May 6, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Loving this margarita Marcie! I’ve never had a pomegranate margarita so I definitely need to to try this :) Pinned!
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flavorthemoments May 6, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Thank you, Trish! Not only do I love the taste, but I’m a sucker for the pretty color. :)

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Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner May 7, 2014 at 4:24 pm

What a refreshing drink Marcie – this would be perfect when we are just relaxing on our deck. Pinned! PS – glad you took making this into your own hands and shared your recipe with us!
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flavorthemoments May 7, 2014 at 5:54 pm

It is perfect for just relaxing on warm day or evening for sure. Thanks for the pin, Deb, and have a great night! :)

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Carol at Wild Goose Tea May 7, 2014 at 5:08 pm

I am going to be a lush with all the wonderful delicious margarita recipes that are popping up. Yes, I would drink this on the rocks. Yes, I need to stop by the store and get more tequila. I had a pomegranate martini a few months ago and it was very refreshing. Ole’ to all the margarita drinkers out there!!!!
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flavorthemoments May 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

I know, there have been so many great margarita recipes floating around. Thank goodness for Pinterest so we can stockpile ‘em and try them all out at one time or another! You’re the second person that’s talked about pomegranate martinis, and that sounds delicious, too! Have a great night, Carol!

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic May 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm

This sounds fantastic! I’d like a glass (or two) right about now. I love POM juice and Cointreau (and tequila, of course) so I will be all over this!
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flavorthemoments May 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm

I could use one right about now, too. Cheers, Bianca! :)

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Carrie @ Kenarry: Ideas for the Home May 9, 2014 at 6:24 pm

This drink sounds delicious. I never thought to make margaritas with pomegranate. What a great idea!
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flavorthemoments May 12, 2014 at 7:10 am

Thank you, Carrie! I hope you get to give it a try! :)

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Jocelyn@BruCrew Life May 9, 2014 at 11:11 pm

This drink sounds lovely! I LOVE pomegranate! :)
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flavorthemoments May 12, 2014 at 7:26 am

Thanks, Jocelyn! :)

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Kelly May 13, 2014 at 4:19 am

This sounds fantastic Marcie! What a great idea to add pomegranate juice and key limes – it sounds so refreshing! Love it!

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flavorthemoments May 14, 2014 at 10:34 am

It is so refreshing and not too sweet, just the way I like it. :) Thanks, Kelly!

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