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 small batch party cocktail.
👩🏻🍳 Tamara Talks - Cocktail Inspiration
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)...
Why do "small batch" cocktails?
If you love to host small dinner parties (like I do), small batch cocktails free you up to enjoy your guests. Make the base mixture in a carafe or pitcher - tequila, pomegranate liqueur, and pomegranate molasses. Include an ice bucket (if not serving immediately), chilled blood orange soda, stemware, and straws, and allow guests to serve themselves!
Because we're a household of 2 now, I made a carafe of the tequila mixture, and we drank it over a couple of days. With the addition of the blood orange soda at service, it tastes as fresh as the day it was made!
📋 Ingredients for 4 Cocktails
Here is a quick look at the ingredients in the recipe – it’s handy to use at the grocery store or as a summary of what you need. Skip to the recipe for quantities.
- tequila - I prefer silver tequila as it doesn't mess with the brilliant hue of the cocktail. Don't reach for the "top shelf," but do get a decent tequila! A blend of aged and unaged tequila is fine, but once you get into the añejo tequila, the complex flavor may mess with the cocktail!
- pomegranate liqueur - 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 - 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.
- blood orange soda - There are many brands available. 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.
- orange and/or pomegranate arils (to garnish)
🍾 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.
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!
- Make the tequila cocktail base - Add the tequila, pomegranate liqueur, and pomegranate molasses to a pitcher or carafe and stir vigorously. The pomegranate molasses is quite thick, and needs to dissolve into the liquids. Chill until ready to pour.
- Make the cocktail - Pour into a wine glass about half full of ice. Top with blood orange soda, and garnish with orange and/or pomegranate arils as desired.
This tequila cocktail is very flexible, making it a great make ahead party option. Combine the tequila, pomegranate liqueur, and pomegranate molasses in advance, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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...
How strong is this tequila cocktail? WELL. It varies. On photo day, I poured about 5 ounces of the cocktail base, and about 4 ounces of the blood orange soda. That is a pretty strong cocktail! If you want to less alcohol, adjust the base:soda ratio.