We love pomegranate cocktails, enough that we want to share our favorites with you. Pomegranate cocktails are sweet, tart, and look gorgeous in a cocktail glass. We found some great pomegranate cocktail recipes and tested them on ourselves, and our friends. Here are twenty-one of our absolute favorites.
Pomegranate Juice Vs. Pomegranate Liqueur
Here, we focused on drinks that use pomegranate juice rather than a flavored liqueur. Both are great and work well in various drinks, but the juice typically highlights the brighter, slightly tart fruit flavor of pomegranate. On the other hand, the liqueur is a more condensed pomegranate flavor that’s often sweeter but also has the depth that the alcohol provides.
You could substitute one for the other with a bit of modification in any of the drink recipes we’ve included here. If a recipe calls for two ounces of juice, you will not want to substitute that with two-ounce of liqueur. Doing so would overpower the drink and completely change the flavor profile and the dynamics of how the ingredients work together.
Our advice is that it’s always fun to experience and play around, creating a new drink recipe as you go. So, if you want to swap them out, always start with a smaller amount of liqueur, mix or stir, and give it a sip. Adjust it from there until you have your own perfect pomegranate cocktail.
- 1. Pomegranate Martini
- 2. Ginger Pomegranate Martini
- 3. Pomegranate Cosmopolitan
- 4. Pomegranate Vodka Gimlet
- 5. Pomegranate Moscow Mule
- 6. Pomegranate Ginger Smash
- 7. The Blushing Lady
- 8. Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz Cocktail
- 9. Pomegranate Gin & Tonic
- 10. Pomegranate Ginger Bourbon Cocktail
- 11. The Smithfield Grocer
- 12. Pomegranate Sidecar
- 13. Crown Apple Cocktail with Pomegranate
- 14. Pomegranate Mojito
- 15. Pomegranate Paloma
- 16. Pomegranate Elderflower Spritzers
- 17. Pomegranate Sangria
- 18. Apple, Pear & Pomegranate Sangria
- 19. Mexican Pomegranate Mimosas
- 20. Simple Elegant Holiday Pomegranate Mimosa
- 21. Prosecco Cocktails with Pomegranate
21 Irresistible Pomegranate Juice Cocktails
1. Pomegranate Martini
by Tori Avey
We love how the citrus combines with the flavor of pomegranate in this spin on the classic martini. The key to creating a really luscious flavor is to use citrus-flavored vodka, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, and orange blossom water in addition to the pomegranate juice.
Shake this one in a cocktail shaker with ice, and then pour the frosty deliciousness into a well-chilled martini glass. A few pomegranate arils make for wonderful garnish, but a twice of orange or lime would work just as well.
2. Ginger Pomegranate Martini
This is another take on the pomegranate martini, or “pom-tini,” if you prefer. Instead of pomegranate juice, this martini recipe calls for a sweet pomegranate liqueur, but you can easily use pomegranate juice instead.
Combined with your favorite vodka and ginger-infused cocktail mixer, this martini knocks it out of the park for flavor. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and a twist of lemon.
3. Pomegranate Cosmopolitan
A traditional Cosmopolitan is a martini-style drink that features cranberry juice. The cranberry juice is switched out for sweet and tart pomegranate juice in this cocktail recipe. Vodka, orange juice, and lime juice round out the rest of the ingredients you’ll need for this jewel-toned cocktail that tastes as good as it looks.
4. Pomegranate Vodka Gimlet
A vodka gimlet is just about one of the simplest cocktails there is. A good-quality vodka and lime syrup or juice are all you need. This version takes it up a notch with the addition of pomegranate juice. Since the ingredients are simple, the quality of ingredients is key. Freshly squeezed limes are best, and we also tried this with a pomegranate cordial instead of juice. It’s fabulously sweet and delicious.
5. Pomegranate Moscow Mule
If you’re unfamiliar with the Moscow Mule, it’s the quintessential copper mug cocktail. We love how this recipe adds the flavor of pomegranate. Fill a copper mug with ice, then add in vodka, pure pomegranate juice, juice from a squeezed lime, and a crisp ginger beer. Fresh mint leaves as a garnish offer a nod to the traditional version of the cocktail.
6. Pomegranate Ginger Smash
by Lively Table
The base of this Pomegranate Ginger Smash is only three simple ingredients. The flavors of pomegranate, ginger, and vodka mingle and create a tantalizing taste in your mouth. Still, what really makes this cocktail recipe stand out is the rosemary ginger sugar that the glass is rimmed with. It’s pure perfection.
7. The Blushing Lady
The Blushing Lady is a cocktail that sounds innocent and demure, but you’ll soon realize it’s anything but. This is one of those deceptively strong cocktails that feature a full two ounces of vodka and an ounce of pomegranate liqueur. We included this in our list because by swapping out the liqueur for juice, you’d get an equally delicious cocktail with a lighter, fruitier taste. The addition of pink grapefruit juice (fresh is best!) mellows out the flavors and makes this one very sippable drink.
8. Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz Cocktail
This is one of those pomegranate cocktails that’s designed for the holidays but are also perfect any time of year. It’s crisp and refreshing, making it just as perfect for enjoying on a summertime patio as it is for enjoying around a holiday fireplace. Classic fizz cocktails contain egg-white foam, and while this one doesn’t, it’s something you can easily add for an extra elegant touch.
9. Pomegranate Gin & Tonic
If you love your cocktail glass filled with a refreshing gin & tonic, you’re going to love this version that adds the sweet taste of pomegranate to the mix. The garnish for this cocktail calls for a fresh rosemary sprig, which we think is important to the overall taste of the cocktail. The rosemary highlights the botanical flavors of the gin, which is just the balance this cocktail needs.
10. Pomegranate Ginger Bourbon Cocktail
This is a festive cocktail that works any time of year. The flavors are rich yet subtle and oh so smooth. To enjoy this beauty, combine your favorite bourbon with pomegranate juice, ginger syrup, bitters, and a splash of lime. For a different variation on this cocktail, you could also switch out the ginger syrup for pure maple syrup instead. We know it sounds sweet, but it will knock your socks off.
11. The Smithfield Grocer
Leave it to Jameson Whiskey to create summertime pomegranate cocktails that are both strong and delicious. The Smithfield Grocer is a pomegranate cocktail that you’ll want to make in a big batch when you have friends over. Pomegranate juice is infused with lots of fresh grated ginger and lime. A generous amount of “glugs” of Irish whiskey are added to create a magical cocktail potion that will become your summertime entertaining go-to.
12. Pomegranate Sidecar
The Sidecar is a classic cocktail that features brandy as the main ingredient. In this version, we love how the warmth of whiskey or bourbon blends with the tart sweetness of pomegranates. There’s also some orange liqueur and lemon juice added in to round out the flavors. Shaken and served in a martini-style glass, the Pomegranate Sidecar is a great drink that looks as wonderful as it tastes.
13. Crown Apple Cocktail with Pomegranate
When you’re in the mood for a tasty cocktail that also features the familiar flavors of fall, we suggest that you make this recipe because it will become your new favorite. Crown Royal Apple whisky is combined with pomegranate juice for a bold flavor that doubles up on the fruit. This is topped with ginger ale, which adds a nice crisp, gingery flavor. For a cocktail that’s a bit more subdued, sparkling water would also work in this.
14. Pomegranate Mojito
by Averie Cooks
A mojito is bright with lime and mint and is the perfect definition of heaven in a cocktail glass. As hard as it might be to believe, the mojito only gets better by adding pomegranate to the mix. This recipe combines rum and pomegranate juice that’s poured over mint and lime that has been freshly muddled with simple syrup. We might even be inclined to add a few pomegranate seeds to the glass before muddling. Top this off with club soda for one delicious, refreshing cocktail.
15. Pomegranate Paloma
One of our favorite pomegranate cocktails is the Pomegranate Paloma. There’s just something about how pomegranate juice compliments a really good tequila. Then to have it combined with lime, simple syrup, and club soda is just pure perfection. Make sure to rim your glass with salt and garnish with a nice, juicy lime wedge before serving.
16. Pomegranate Elderflower Spritzers
by Jo Cooks
Spritzes fell off the radar of the cocktail scene for a while, but we’re so thrilled that they’re making their way back. This Pomegranate Elderflower Spritzer recipe shows us exactly why they should never have faded into the background, to begin with. Gather prosecco, pomegranate juice, elderflower liqueur, and your favorite sparkling club soda. Garnish with pomegranate seeds for s special touch.
A variation of this that we also like and makes for a great festive cocktail is to substitute cranberry juice for the pomegranate and then garnish with fresh cranberries. This is total yum, no matter which way you do it.
17. Pomegranate Sangria
The next time you’re in the mood for a luscious sangria, take things up a few notches with this wonderful Pomegranate Sangria recipe. The base of this cocktail is a nice, fruity red wine. Pomegranate juice, brandy, orange liqueur, and simple syrup create a brew that you can’t resist. Still, you don’t want to forget the fruit, so add in generous amounts of sliced orange, apple, pomegranate arils, and fresh grapes.
18. Apple, Pear & Pomegranate Sangria
This is another variation of a pomegranate sangria, but this one uses dry white wine instead of a fruity red for a lighter, more refreshing taste. In full disclosure, this recipe doesn’t actually include any pomegranate juice. Instead, pomegranate arils are added as part of the fruit. We admit that we’ve been guilty of veering off track a little with this recipe and adding in a splash or two of juice. It just tastes so wonderful with the clove and nutmeg in this new favorite pomegranate cocktail.
Pro Tip – Try substituting the orange juice for freshly squeezed tangerine juice for an extra sweet, extra decadent brunch time drink.
19. Mexican Pomegranate Mimosas
You won’t have any trouble finding someone to join you for Sunday brunch if these Mexican Mimosas are on the menu! The standard components of champagne and orange juice are there, but they’re brought to an entirely new level with pomegranate juice, tequila, lime juice, and agave syrup added to the list.
20. Simple Elegant Holiday Pomegranate Mimosa
You’ll want to add this one to your list of must-try pomegranate cocktails, especially around the holidays. The combination of bubbly champagne with pomegranate juice is combined with sugar and the flavors of lime. Decorate this beauty with pomegranate arils and a sprig of rosemary. This festive cocktail will look great next to all of the good food on your holiday table.
21. Prosecco Cocktails with Pomegranate
This elegant pomegranate cocktail has just four ingredients. This drink is a masterful blend of prosecco, pomegranate juice, simple syrup, and pomegranate arils. This cocktail walks the line between being luscious and rich and crips and light due to the prosecco. This recipe calls for making your own simple syrup, but the extra prep time is worth it in the end.
Try a Bit of Pomegranate In Your Cocktail Glass
The fruit and tartness of pomegranate go perfectly with so many different types of cocktails. We hope you enjoy these recipes and maybe find a few new favorites along the way!