This festive 4-ingredient Pomegranate Martini recipe is easier than it looks! Vodka is shaken with fresh pomegranate juice, sweetener, and Cointreau for a subtle hint of orange to create the best cocktail. Serve this fancy-looking drink all holiday season long for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve!
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!
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. (And if you don’t already know, here’s a step-by-step guide for how to cut a pomegranate!)
- 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. Please see the recipe card below for more detailed ingredient amounts.
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.
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 everything 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.
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!
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.
The classic martini is made with gin, but vodka has become a popular liquor to use as well.
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.
The calories will range depending on the recipe used, but this version contains 150 calories per serving.
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.
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Pomegranate Martini Recipe
This festive 4-ingredient Pomegranate Martini recipe is easier than it looks. Serve this fancy-looking drink all holiday season long for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve!
- 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
- Orange sliced, optional
Fill a shaker halfway full with ice and then add the pomegranate juice, vodka, Cointreau, and sweetener.
Shake for 10-15 seconds and pour into two martini glasses.
Garnish the glasses with an orange slice and enjoy!