Wednesday, January 26, 2011

pomegranate margaritas

There's nothing like a margarita to make you feel like it's not the dead of winter. There might be piles of dirty snow on the sidewalk and you might be wearing three layers of clothing, but close your eyes, sip your drink, and you could very well be on a beach somewhere. Consume a few margaritas and you'll find yourself shedding those layers.

And when you add a splash of pomegranate juice, it's practically a health drink! Or at the very least, a rosy shade of pink that will, by osmosis, make you feel slightly less pallid.

About that girly hue, I admit I felt a tiny bit embarrassed offering these cocktails to my male guests, who arrived bearing beer. I was all, "Can I interest you fellows in a pomegranate margarita?" And you know what, gender norms be damned! One dude liked them, even asked for seconds. Pomegranate margaritas--the great equalizer. Who knew?

Pomegranate margarita
Adapted from Rosa Mexicano. Pretty please use fresh lime and pomegranate juice, it makes a difference! If you like a more traditionally tart margarita, omit the simple syrup, but I like that tiny bit of sweetness.
(Makes 6 drinks)

12 oz. white tequila
3 oz. Triple Sec
6 oz. lime juice
6 Tbsp. pomegranate juice (I used Pom because the company sent me some samples)
1/2 cup simple syrup
1 lime, thinly sliced, optional

Chill all of the ingredients before making this drink. In a pitcher, combine the tequila, Triple Sec and juices. Stir until blended. Float the lime slices on top, if desired. Pour into ice-filled glasses and serve.


Julie said...

I've been so drawn to summery drinks in these super cold days - I even had a Mai Tai at a bar last week! It tasted like Hawaii. Will have to try these fun pink margs soon!

Anonymous said...

Do you have any suggestions for a nice punch for about 75 guests/teachers? And no sherbet please!

Lisa said...

Julie: A Mai Tai is such a good idea...yum.

Anony(mom): I assume you want an alcoholic punch?

The easiest thing would be to take some sort of juice (maybe cranberry or pomegranate), then add your alcohol (maybe gin, vodka, or rum), then something fizzy (like Sprite, or seltzer plus simple syrup) and a little fresh citrus juice (lime or lemon). Add some citrus slices on top, if you want to dress it up.

You could also do juice + prosecco + alcohol. That usually works.

Daniel said...

Plus, antioxidants to help protect you as you slog through the Worst...Winter...Ever.

Michele | Cooking At Home said...

Beautiful. Rosa Mexicano is one of my favorite places.
A flight of tequilas and a molcajete full of guacamole, and all is right with the world.


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