Recipe: Pomegranate Margaritas

There's something about a fancy-seeming cocktail that makes things special to me. And I know that winter is all about the mulled wine and bourbon drinks, but we're breaking that stereotype because margaritas aren't just for poolside hangs or washing down the tacos you just shoved into your face. We're adding pomegranate juice for color and flavor, lime juice because we're a tiny bit traditional, and a colorful salt/sugar rim because we're fancy. Serve these with Christmas appetizers and impress your aunt. And booze her up. Win/Win.

Sidenote: What do pomegranates have to do with Christmas? Is this just when they are ripe?

Pomegranate Margaritas 

Makes 2 drinks

4 oz tequila
2 oz triple sec
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 lime
coarse salt and decorating sugar (optional)
agave or honey (optional) 

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add tequila, triple sec, pomegranate juice, and the juice from half a lime and shake until combined. Mix together about a 1/2 tablespoon of coarse salt and decorating sugar on a small plate. I used red and green decorating sugar for these drinks, but any kind of coarse sugar or even regular sugar can be used. Lightly coat the rim of a short drink glass with honey or agava, and dip into sugar/salt mixture. Add ice and pour cocktail. Enjoy immediately.