This pomegranate tequila recipe is made with delicious pomegranate concentrate which gives tremendous fruity flavor and smoothness to your favorite tequila. Find more of my pomegranate recipes.
I love giving homemade gifts to friends and family for birthdays, holidays and any other rhyme or reason. I started with baking, from brownie cookies to loaves of lemon olive oil cake and then rum raisin fudge.
Foodie gifts are a must when you are a food blogger, but I soon realized that many of my friends and family preferred boozy gifts. They saw my post on how to make pomegranate infused vodka and asked, “Why didn’t you give us a bottle?”
So this year, my friends are getting another boozy gift: this delicious and easy-to-make pomegranate tequila.
Why you must try this recipe
Flavored vodka and tequila are a great way to make your cocktails shine. Unfortunately, they tend to cost a fortune. But you can easily infuse your booze at home with whatever fruity flavors you want.
We recently discovered pomegranate tequila at Costco. Now I am not a big drinker, but I really liked the flavor it had. Because it was pomegranate, our family’s favorite fruit, I knew that we had to recreate it ourselves.
Pomegranate tequila is easy to make and I give you two great options to make it at home. You will love the fruity flavor and how easy it is to make. And of course, it is easy on the wallet, too!
Ingredients you need
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- Tequila: You can use gold or silver tequila, whatever brand you love.
- Pomegranate: If you want to infuse your tequila with pomegranate, you will need fresh pomegranate arils.
- Pomegranate concentrate: If you want a stronger pomegranate flavor, find some pomegranate concentrate at middle eastern stores or online. This is pomegranate juice reduced to a syrup with NO sugar added. Pomegranate molasses has sugar. Don’t use that.
If you want to infuse your tequila with pomegranate, simply add pomegranate arils to a bottle of silver or gold tequila and let it infuse for 2 weeks in a dark and cool place. The longer the fruit sits in the tequila, the more fruit flavor will be infused.
If you want a stronger pomegranate flavor and not wait several weeks, use pomegranate concentrate instead. Use 1.5 parts pomegranate concentrate for every 12 parts of your favorite tequila.
The amount of pom flavor depends greatly on the brand of concentrate you buy, whether it’s POM or the ones you find at a middle-eastern grocery store. I personally prefer the Persian Sadaf brand. I have never found the POM variety so I can’t comment on that flavor.
The color is darker and the flavor stronger if you use pomegranate concentrate.
Recipe tips and FAQs
If you are making pomegranate tequila with the pomegranate concentrate, it is ready to be served right away. So pour your friends a shot, even add some pomegranate arils in the shot glass and you’ll have a real crowd pleaser with this drink!
If you are out of time and have no pomegranate concentrate, don’t fret. Throw some pomegranate arils in your small bottles of tequila or vodka, gift them to your friends with instructions to strain out the arils in 2-3 weeks. And if your friends are like my husband, enjoy those arils. They are like mini shots of booze.
There are two ways to make homemade pomegranate tequila. You can infuse tequila (gold or silver) with pomegranate arils for 2-3 weeks, then strain out the fruit. For better flavor, add some pomegranate concentrate to your tequila and enjoy right away.
If you are infusing pomegranate with tequila, you have to strain out the fruit after 2-3 weeks to prolong its shelf life. Once the fruit is removed, your pomegranate tequila can last for a very long time. I had a couple friends who forgot about it, since it was pushed to the back of their shelf. After 2 years, it was still smooth and delicious!
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If you don't have time to infuse your alcohol with fruit, here's a quicker way to add pomegranate flavor to your favorite liquor!
- 1 qt tequila, gold or silver
- ½ cup pomegranate concentrate
- Combine ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Store in bottle until ready to serve.
- Can be served as shots or used in mixed drinks.
Serving Suggestions: This works with vodka and rum, too.
Serving Size:¼ cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 167Carbohydrates: 12gSugar: 9.3g
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What a neat idea! Gorgeous color, too. Fun recipe — thanks.
I was skeptical about combining Pomegranate and Tequila, but this new recipe has made me change my mind. I will try to make this cocktail and then write a review about it.
You are totally missing out! I hope you do try it and you can even add a shot of grand marnier to every bottle (we did that this year).
FYI, POM and pomegranate concentrate are not the same. POM is 100% juice. Pomegranate concentrate is reduced pomegranate juice, cooked down to be more concentrated, sometimes with added sugar. A syrup and not as thick as a pomegranate molasses. If you would have used POM the flavor wouldn’t be as intense. I’m gonna give this a go. I have tons of pomegranates that I plan to reduce to concentrate and found this on Pinterest.
You are correct. POM used to sell pomegranate concentrate, but I’m not sure if they do anymore. I have made pomegranate tequila with the concentrate and with infusing the pomegranate arils. Definitely different flavors and intensities. My husband and I prefer adding the concentrate. I definitely do not like most pomegranate molasses as they add too much sugar and it takes away from the wonderful pomegranate flavor. I am envious of your tons of pomegranate! You can freeze the arils, too. And I have a lot of recipes using pomegranates, so I hope you check them out!
Yum, your pomegranate tequila sounds wonderful – wish I was your neighbor! 🙂
I have my own homemade Christmas gifts for this year. I love your idea!
What a gorgeous drink! I love the color and I am sure I would love the taste. And those cute bottles would make a wonderful present!
p.s. I hope the kids get better soon
I love the idea! Pomegranate has such great flavor, and infusing tequila with it is a wonderful idea. I can see a Pomegranate Margarita in my future. 😉 Fun post and good stuff – thanks so much.
this is simply stunning – and sounds like a delicious gift I would certainly appreciate!
I hope everyone is better soon and your holiday is joyous!
This is the most beautiful holiday post!! You knocked-it-out of the ballpark with these recipes – and photos! Happy Holidays to a very special friend!
Oh my goodness – These are beautiful! Hope everyone stays well; and we hope to see you all in 2013! xoxo
These are gorgeous! What a great gift! Hope your family is feeling better soon. Happy Holidays!
Magic – the tipped glass. How did you do that?! Please make Christmas work for you and your family – forget all the baking and gather close what is really important. Hope you all all healthy again soon. X0 Liz
Wow! That is one gorgeous gift! I started baking with pomegranate just few months ago and absolutely LOVE it. Will have to try to make infusions with it.