Oh, you don’t think of margaritas when you think of Christmas? Well, I’ve put together this handy checklist to determine whether or not margaritas are a seasonally appropriate cocktail for the holidays.
- Can you make a margarita with seasonal juices like pomegranate and clementine? Check.
- Can you make a margarita in Christmas appropriate shade of red or green? Check.
- Will tequila get you drunk enough to forget picking a fight about the impeachment process with your in-laws? Check, check.
- Is Feliz Navidad the biggest goddamn ear-worm of a Christmas song there is? Check, check, check.
Also, I had these cactus string lights and I wanted to put them to use in the making of this holiday spirit.
I will warn you now that this cocktail comes on strong – like breathlessness after taking the stairs for two flights. It is tequila forward but finishes with the delightful seasonal flavours of pomegranate and clementine. So, what I’m saying is, when it comes to this particular drink, give love a chance – you’ll learn to love it on the second sip.
So, if you like tequila and singing along to “Feliz Navidad” – I suggest you raise a glass of this punchy pomegranate margarita – and try not to pick any political fights with your extended or inherited family members.
- 2 oz reposado tequila
- ½ oz Triple Sec
- 2 oz pomegranate juice
- Juice of half a lime
- Squeeze of a clementine
- Lime wedge and coarse sea salt for rimming
- Clementine twist
For each cocktail, shake tequila, Grand Marnier, pomegranate juice, lime and clementine juices over ice and then strain over fresh ice into lowball glass that has been rimmed with lime and dipped in salt. Garnish with a clementine twist.
Recipe adapted from: Rosen, Amy. “Pomegranate Orange Margaritas.” Food & Drink. Early Summer 2015.