While this lovely Tequila Cocktail with Blood Orange and Pomegranate is not a "tequila sunrise/sunset," the color may remind you of a spectacular sunset! Silver reposado tequila, pomegranate liqueur, and pomegranate molasses get shaken or stirred, and the glass gets topped off with blood orange Italian soda in this easy and oh-so-delicious (not sweet) make ahead party cocktail.
Given my recent switch from "healthy global" to "healthy Latin," what could be more à propos than a tequila cocktail? What liquor better represents Latin America? Of course Peru has pisco, and Brazil has cachaça... But wait! The Caribbean has RUM. Haha.
I'm a border girl, and our southern neighbors are all about tequila. It stands to reason that we have an incredible selection of tequilas in McAllen.
The idea for this Tequila Cocktail with Blood Orange and Pomegranate was an outgrowth of my love of pomegranate and orange in all things Mexican. You'll find the pomegranate-orange combo in so many of my recipes like Festive Mexican Cornish Game Hens, Best Ever Chocolate Meal Replacement Smoothie with Orange, and Pomegranate! and Mexican Chocolate Trifle with Orange Curd and Pomegranate Pudding (to name a few)...
How to Make a Tequila Cocktail with Blood Orange and Pomegranate
This cocktail is not a complex one! I am guilty
at times of creating elaborate and time-consuming cocktails. With all the ingredients on hand, you can get this in a glass and ready to sip in 5-10 minutes!
Ingredients for 4 Tequila Cocktails
About the Tequila
This cocktail doesn't require "top shelf" tequila, but PLEASE don't use the gut-rot stuff on the bottom shelf either. Poor quality tequila will definitely affect the taste of your cocktail. Also, keep in mind that a gold tequila will muddy the color. I find El Amo 100% agave silver tequila is a good mixing tequila.
As you see in the above photo, I pour PAMA pomegranate liqueur. There are other brands. If you're really ambitious (and love pomegranate flavor in cocktails), consider making your own.
Pomegranate molasses is an essential ingredient. It adds a complex slightly sweet and bright tartness that complements the other ingredients. Can't find pomegranate molasses? It's super simple to make your own. You can also find pomegranate molasses on Amazon.
Lastly, while blood oranges are late to arrive this year, I can usually find blood orange soda. The Central Market Italian Blood Orange Soda has a hint of bitterness, real citrus flavor, and only 90 calories for the entire can! It is not a sweet soda.
Helpful Tips For Your Make Ahead Party Cocktail
My Tequila Cocktail with Blood Orange and Pomegranate is very flexible, making it a great make ahead party option. Combine the tequila, pomegranate liqueur, and pomegranate molasses in advance.
This mixture can be stored in the refrigerator. (We only had 2 drinkers, and made about a litre. We stored it for 3 days, and it was just as good the 3rd day). Start with chilled ingredients if you can...
Just prior to making a cocktail, shake with ice to get it good and cold. Strain into your preferred glass, and top with the blood orange soda. Garnish with a twist or slice of orange (blood orange if you can get it!). Enjoy!
- 14 ounces silver (blanco) tequila
- 7 ounces pomegranate liqueur
- 1 ½ teaspoons pomegranate molasses
- orange to garnish
- 1 can blood orange soda
- orange for garnish
- Add tequila, pomegranate liqueur, and pomegranate molasses to a shaker with ice or appropriate container if refrigerating for later. (See notes).
- Shake and pour into wine glasses - or other appropriately sized glasses. (See notes).
- Top with blood orange soda.
- Garnish with a slice or twist of (preferably) blood orange.
The tequila mixture can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator (for at least 3 days as we discovered!).
If you start with chilled ingredients, you may skip shaking over ice.
We used standard sized wine glasses, and topped each glass with about 3 ounces of soda.
Calories are calculated using brands shown in the post with 4 servings. The recipes can serve up to 6 depending on how boozy you like your cocktails!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329