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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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