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The Best Pomegranate Cocktails for Fall and Winter

Celebrate the fall and winter seasons and impress your guests with a delicious pomegranate cocktail. The slightly sweet, lightly tart flavour of the pomegranate is the perfect base for a thirst-quenching cocktail, and the bright red colour of this stunning fruit is meant for the holiday season. From vodka martinis to champagne mimosas and tequila margaritas, we have a pomegranate cocktail for everyone.

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The pomegranate is a fruit, about the size of a grapefruit, with a red husk and a white pulp, which holds hundreds of reddish-purple, juicy seeds.

It is the seeds, or arils, of the pomegranate which are edible and are pressed to give us pomegranate juice.

The flavour of a pomegranate can range from sweet to sour but is generally somewhere in the middle with a slightly sweet yet tangy, bold flavour.

It is this bold flavour that makes pomegranate juice a perfect base for cocktails.

Pomegranates blend especially well with citrus but can also be combined with berries or milder fruit such as apples and pears. You can use it in cocktails with almost any alcohol you choose, and because of its strong flavour a little will go a long way.

You can buy pomegranate juice in almost any grocery store, just be sure you are buying pure pomegranate juice and not a cocktail, or blend, which will be watered down with less expensive fruits, and also reduce the flavour.

If you can find pomegranates on sale and want to juice your own, it will give your drinks exceptional flavour. It is a bit of work to seed and juice a pomegranate, but it is 100% worth it if you have the time and patience.

A section of pomegranate on a cutting board with a lime wedge.
Photo courtesy of Fresh Coast Eats

Pomegranate Cocktails with Vodka

The neutral flavour of vodka makes it an excellent liquor to use when you want to preserve the flavour of the other ingredients. The neutral grain alcohol allows the flavour of the pomegranate to shine through in these pomegranate martinis, Moscow mules, and pomegranate lime spritzers.

Pomegranate Martini

A crisp, refreshing martini with vodka, triple sec, pomegranate, and a hint of lime. This cocktail is slightly sweet and just a bit tart. The vibrant red colour makes this cocktail perfect for entertaining during the holiday season but can be enjoyed any time of year.
Recipe & Photo by Tastes of Homemade
Three pomegranate martinis in stemmed glasses with sugared rim and lime wedges.
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Pomegranate Moscow Mule

The perfect holiday drink! This Pomegranate Moscow Mule, made with pomegranate liqueur, vodka, and ginger beer, is delicious, easy to make, and a crowd favorite. SO. GOOD.
Recipe and Photo by Bakers Table
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Pomegranate Lime Spritzer Cocktail

This Pomegranate Lime Spritzer is super refreshing and made with a few simple ingredients. It's an easy, festive cocktail that is perfect for the holidays!
Recipe & Photo by Maple & Mango
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Pomegranate Cocktails with Wine

Whether it is bubbly champagne or prosecco or a fruity rose, wine and pomegranate pair exceptionally well. When using a fizzy wine, it makes a beautiful and elegant holiday drink that will wow your guests. These fruity cocktails of pomegranate mimosas and sangrias are easy to make and fun to drink.

Holiday Pomegranate Mimosa

A tart and bubbly pomegranate mimosa is a special holiday makeover of a classic mimosa. A simple holiday cocktail that anyone can master.

Recipe and Photo by Fresh Coast Eats
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Orange Pomegranate Mimosa

This Orange Pomegranate Mimosa is the perfect cocktail for any upcoming brunch dates. Made with Pomegranate juice, orange juice, and prosecco, this is the perfect fruity drink to serve during your winter holiday get-togethers!
Recipe & Photo by Sugar and Soul
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Pomegranate Sangria

This Pomegranate Sangria is bursting with fresh, seasonal fruit and is so easy to make. Perfect for holiday get-togethers!
Recipe & Photo by Amanda's Cookin
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Autumn Rosé Sangria with Apples and Pomegranates

Inspired by the colors of the changing leaves, this festive and refreshing Autumn Rosé Sangria with Apples and Pomegranates takes just minutes to prepare and is guaranteed to be a huge hit and your next holiday party!
Recipe & Photo by The Forked Spoon
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Pomegranate Prosecco Cocktail with Cinnamon

Sweet pomegranate, sparkling prosecco, and a hint of cinnamon. A delicious signature drink for every fall dinner.
Recipe and Photo by Andrea Janssen
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Pomegranate Cocktails with Tequila

The slightly sweet flavour of tequila pairs nicely with the tart flavour of the pomegranate, especially when blended with citrus fruits such as lime or orange. We are sure you will love these pomegranate Palomas, margaritas, and the spicy bee sting cocktail made with tequila.

Satsuma Pomegranate Paloma

Satsuma Pomegranate Paloma is a seasonal twist on a traditional Paloma. It features quintessential winter fruits like satsuma and pomegranate, tequila, and a splash of sparkling water.
Recipe and Photo by The Heirloom Pantry
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Pomegranate Margarita

This refreshing Pomegranate Margarita made with pomegranate juice, tequila, and lime juice is served on the rocks!
Recipe & Photo by Herbs & Flour
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Tequila Bee Sting Cocktail

The Tequila Bee Sting is a delicious cocktail made with tequila, pomegranate, blood orange, and hot pepper honey. It is sweet and balanced with a little kick of heat at the end! We are sure you will love this fruity and spicy cocktail.
Recipe & Photo by Cooking with Wine
Pomegranate cocktail garnished with honey comb in a martini glass.
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Pomegranate Cocktails with Gin

The botanical flavours in gin are a nice complement to the bold flavours in pomegranate. It will pair well when blended with citrus fruit or herbs. These simple pomegranate gin fizz and gin martini recipes are perfect for the gin lover who is looking for something different.

Pomegranate Gin Fizz

An easy, boozy, and fruity Christmas time cocktail. This pomegranate gin fizz is a simple yet classy drink that is quick to make in a large batch or just for one or two people at a time.
Recipe & Photo by The Littlest Crumb
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Pomegranate and Blood Orange Gin Martini

This classic and fruity gin martini recipe is sweetened with a hint of blood orange and pomegranate juice. This is an upscale yet easy martini recipe that would be perfect for the winter or holiday season, but you can definitely drink it all year round! The London dry gin keeps this cocktail tasting fresh, and the fruit juices add sweetness to the gin!
Recipe & Photo by Homebody Eats
Pomegranate orange martini in a martini glass with a slice of blood orange.
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Pomegranate Rosemary Gin Fizz Cocktail

This Pomegranate Rosemary Gin Fizz Cocktail recipe is a refreshing drink impressive enough for the holidays but so delicious you will want it any time of year!
Recipe & Photo by Herbs and Flour
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Equipment for Amazing Cocktails

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Cocktail ShakerA good cocktail shaker is a must in order to make a nicely chilled drink. Stainless steel is a popular choice as the metal helps to chill the beverage rapidly. However, the outside will get really cold, so if you have sensitive hands, you will want to be sure you hold it with a bar towel. I also love my mason jar cocktail shaker; it has a silicone sleeve, so it keeps your hands from getting cold, and the lid fits on any regular mouth mason jar.

Martini GlassesA pretty martini glass is a must when making martinis, but they work well for other cocktails as well. They are also nice to have on hand for desserts.

Cocktail GlassesIf you are serving stirred cocktails, or want a drink of a larger size, then you will want some nice cocktail glasses. I have a variety of sizes and shapes but tend to use the 10-12 oz sizes most often. They make a nice size cocktail, are easy to hold and make for a nice presentation.

Cocktail PicksCocktail picks are nice to have on hand for adding garnish to the beverage and keeping it from sinking to the bottom. You can buy wooden picks, but it is also nice to have some stainless steel ones, and the bonus is they are reusable.

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