Celebrate the holidays with this surprisingly simple and delicious Pomegranate Martini recipe. It is so easy to combine vodka, pomegranate juice, sweetener, and Cointreau for that perfect bit of orange flavor, then shake and serve. This fancy drink is the best way to kick off the Christmas season.

Two pomegranate martinis are shown on the counter for a holiday drink.

The holiday festivities call for fancy cocktails, and this Pomegranate Martini does not disappoint! (And dare I say it’s better than a Cosmo!?)

And when I say fancy, I mean that it TASTES and LOOKS fancy, but you can actually make it in less than 5 minutes!

With freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, your clear liquor of choice (both vodka and gin will work great!), and just a splash of orange liqeur.

It’s so quick and easy to mix up, but is still packed with the perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors.

Serve it up with a slice of orange or go over-the-top with a sugared rim. No matter what you choose, this pomegranate martini is sure to be on your holiday menu for years to come!

Orange liquor, pomegranate juice, sweetener, and vodka are the ingredients for this drink.
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Ingredients

The simple ingredients you need to make this pomegranate martini recipe include:

  • Pomegranate Juice. You can either use freshly squeezed or a store-bought kind. (POM makes a great one!) Take a sip of the juice before making the cocktail to see if it’s more tart or sweet. The taste will make a big difference on how much additional sweetener you need to add.
  • Vodka. This clear liquor is ideal since it is not too overwhelming in flavor and lets the pomegranate shine. Gin, tequila, or even a clear rum are other good options.
  • Cointreau. A hint of orange liqueur pairs perfectly with the tartness of the pomegranate juice. Substitutes include Grand Marnier, Triple Sec, or even a splash of orange juice if you don’t have any Cointreau available.
  • Sweetener. Select either agave nectar, honey, or pure maple syrup. Start with a little bit and then adjust to your preference.
  • Citrus Juice. This is optional, but adding a splash of lime or lemon juice for a bit more acidity is fantastic.

How to Make a Pomegranate Martini

The basic steps for making pomegranate martinis are simple to follow:

Juice Pomegranate Arils

If you are using fresh pomegranates you will need to juice them first. Strain the liquid out of the seeds using a citrus juicer.

(And if you don’t already know, here’s a step-by-step guide for how to cut a pomegranate!)

Pomegranate seeds are juiced into a bowl.

Add to a Shaker

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice and then pour in the pomegranate juice, vodka, Cointreau, and sweetener.

Place the lid on the shaker and make sure it’s sealed. Shake for 10-15 seconds to mix the ingredients.

The longer the drink sits in the shaker, the more diluted it will become. For a more potent martini, shake for no more than 30 seconds and pour immediately. To make a more diluted drink, keep everything in the shaker long enough to let some of the ice melt.

Ingredients and ice are added to the shaker while making this drink.

Garnish and Serve

Place orange slices on two martini glasses, pour in the mixed cocktail, and serve. For an extra fancy feel, rim the glass with sugar. Cheers!

Fancy holiday cocktails are served for a party on the counter.

Make a Punch

To serve a crowd you can double or triple this recipe to create a pomegranate punch.

If you are making this ahead of time, do not prepare the punch more than 2 hours in advance. The alcohol will evaporate the longer it is exposed to the air.

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: You can juice the pomegranate and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to make the drink.
  • To Store: If you have leftovers, you can leave them in the fridge for up to 2 days. However, the alcohol will evaporate when exposed to the air.

FAQs

Is a martini made from gin or vodka?

The classic martini is made with gin, but vodka has become a popular liquor to use as well.

What is the difference between a martini and a dry martini?

A dry martini contains very little vermouth. Martinis are generally made with 5 parts gin or vodka, and 1 part vermouth. On the other end of the spectrum are wet martinis, which have more than 1 part of vermouth.

How many calories are in a pomegranate martini?

The calories will range depending on the recipe used, but this version contains 150 calories per serving.

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Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Fresh is best. For the best pomegranate martini squeeze your own pomegranate juice.
  • Sweeten to taste. Start with just a little sweetener and add more to fit your preferences.
  • Watch the clock. Pour immediately for a stronger drink or let it sit in the shaker for a more diluted cocktail.
  • Switch it up. Change the flavor by using vodka, gin, or rum.
  • Make it fancy. Add a sugared rim before pouring the drink in for a frosted effect.

More Cocktail Recipes

Hone your bartending skills and enjoy these tasty libations with friends and family.

Mexican 75 is a fun twist on a classic. A Blood Orange Margarita, a Frozen Mojito, and this Piña Colada Recipe are perfect for a tropical evening. Watermelon Frosé is so refreshing.

Or enjoy and Espresso Martini after dinner or this Citrus Pomegranate Mocktail for a drink sans alcohol!

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Pomegranate Martini Recipe

Celebrate the holidays with this surprisingly simple and delicious Pomegranate Martini recipe. It is so easy to combine vodka, pomegranate juice, sweetener, and Cointreau for that perfect bit of orange flavor, then shake and serve.
Yield 2 servings
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
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Ingredients 

  • 2 oz. pomegranate juice fresh or store-bought
  • 2 oz. vodka or other clear liquor
  • 1 oz. Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • 2 tsp. agave nectar honey, or pure maple syrup
  • Ice
  • Orange sliced, optional

Instructions 

  • Fill a shaker halfway full with ice and then add the pomegranate juice, vodka, Cointreau, and sweetener.
    2 oz. pomegranate juice, 2 oz. vodka, 1 oz. Cointreau, Ice, 2 tsp. agave nectar
  • Shake for 10-15 seconds and pour into two martini glasses.
  • Garnish the glasses with an orange slice and enjoy!
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Notes

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: You can juice the pomegranate and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to make the drink.
  • To Store: If you have leftovers, you can leave them in the fridge for up to 2 days. However, the alcohol will evaporate when exposed to air.

Nutrition

Calories: 140kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 65mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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    1. Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Kathryn! So glad these were a hit on Christmas. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating!