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This smoky-sweet Holly Jolly Pomegranate Mezcal Margarita is red, green, and will have your holiday guests singing Feliz Navidad in no time!


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Every day is merry with margaritas, but this Holly Jolly Pomegranate Mezcal Margarita gets its festive look and flavor from homemade pomegranate simple syrup.

Holly Jolly Pomegranate Mezcal Margarita

As I’ve mentioned in some of my other cocktail recipes, I am a huge fan of simple syrup. You can flavor it any way you like, and use it to really transform any cocktail into something special. And- it’s SIMPLE!

The sweet and tart pomegranate flavor of this syrup pairs perfectly with the smoky flavor of mezcal for the ultimate way to get your jollies at this year’s holiday party. Make a few for friends, or make a big batch for a crowd!

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Looking for more cocktail ideas? Why not try my Cranberry Fennel MargaritasAñejo Apple Cider MargaritasPumpkin Spice Martinis, Cranberry Christmas Mimosas, or Spiced Bourbon Vanilla Slammers!


Holly Jolly Pomegranate Mezcal Margarita

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: cocktail
Keyword: margarita, mezcal, pomegranate, simple syrup
Servings: 1


  • 3 oz Mezcal tequila*
  • juice of 1 lime
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 4 tbsp Pomegranate simple syrup
  • 1/4 cup sugar, for rimming glass

Pomegranate simple syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp pomegranate seeds


  • Make simple syrup: Add sugar, water, and pomegranate seeds to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
    2. Reduce heat to low and simmer, 30 minutes, until slightly thickened.
    3. Allow to cool (about 30 minutes), and strain into a an airtight jar or container. Discard pomegranate seeds (makes about 3/4 cup).
    4. Assemble cocktail: To a shaker, add 3 oz (2 shots Mezcal), the juice of 1 lime, the juice of half a lemon, and 4 tbsp of the pomegranate simple syrup. Shake well. Pour about 1/4 cup sugar onto a plate. Wet the edge of a rocks glass, mason jar or margarita glass and sugar the rim of the glass by running the wet rim in the sugar. Fill glass with ice and pour margarita over ice. Garnish with sliced lime and pomegranate seeds, and enjoy!
    To make a large batch:
    1. Double the simple syrup recipe (2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds). Follow above directions for simple syrup.
    2. Add the juice of 6 limes, the juice of 3 lemons, 18 oz (2 1/4 cups) Mezcal and all of the simple syrup to a large pitcher and whisk or stir well. Serve over ice with garnish.


Mezcal imparts a smoky flavor to this cocktail, but you could swap in silver tequila if you prefer.

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