Sparkling Pomegranate and Tequila Cocktail Recipe

by NaturalDeets
what's your favorite cocktail

Get ready because this Sparkling Pomegranate and Tequila Cocktail recipe is going to become the star of your next party! With fresh mandarin orange juice and pomegranate juice, this fruity drink isn’t too sweet so you can enjoy more than one! Even tequila haters will be grabbing a glass.

Picture of Tequila Cocktail

You can trust me when it comes to tequila – I mean, I have tried it with almost anything you can think of. In college, our drink was shots of tequila chased by a scoop of frozen apple juice concentrate. Hey, I didn’t say we were classy back then!! But damn, it was fun.

Obviously, our standards were low and I can remember the exact moment that I decided I hated tequila. But now that I am older, I have put down the shot glass and experienced the pleasure of sipping tequila drinks.

What Goes Well With Tequila?

Oh tequila, with your reputation, what are we to do with you? Mixing you with pomegranate juice is a good start! Pomegranate is delicious with tequila. Add citrus and it is perfect.

In this recipe, we used mandarin oranges (a.k.a. Cuties), simply because I had a bowl sitting on the table in front of me. But I have to admit that it was a wise choice. The result was amazing!

The mandarin oranges added a fresh flavor that made it perfect for sitting out on the deck during the one week of 80-degree weather we had in May. Add a lime wedge and triple sec for another popular pairing.  

tequila cocktail in a glass with mint

Just look at how beautiful that is! 

How Many Tablespoons are in A Shot?

I feel like this is something I would have known in college. One of those little known facts that we liked to throw around. But I guess we just didn’t care!

Well, the adult me has recently learned that there are 3 tablespoons in one shot. Now you don’t need to reach for a shot glass or jigger when making drinks! 

What Soda Mixes With Tequila?

Lemon lime soda mixes well with tequila but it is way too sweet for me. I don’t want to feel like I am eating candy when I have a cocktail. So I prefer soda water or club soda. There are less calories and no sugar too. Remember, we are trying to keep it healthy!

glass of pomegranate cocktail

Unfortunately, there is a dark side to alcohol. Well more than one dark side, but this is not that kind of blog. I’m talking about how alcoholic drinks are typically far from Clean or Healthy eating. Especially fruity drinks.

But we still need to have fun in life, so we have found a way to make it work. We found 100% agave tequila. It can be like a treasure hunt to find a bottle, but we did find it in the grocery store, so it is possible. Just let the kids in on the hunting fun!

sparkling pomegranate margarita in a glass

Just joking…don’t let the kids anywhere near all that glass!

I have also tried these tequila cocktails with Silver Tequila and Patrone, but I don’t like to use expensive alcohol in mixed drinks. Expensive alcohol should be enjoyed on the rocks so you can actually taste it!

Why are Margarita Glasses Shaped Like That? 

I almost called this sparkling Pomegranate and Tequila Cocktail a Margarita, but I just couldn’t do it! With all the seltzer water, I felt like it would be misleading…sort of like a diluted margarita! 

But I did want to share the history of the shape of the margarita glass because it is an interesting one! Thank you to the Margaritaville Blog for this info! 

There are 2 stories. The first says a restaurant in NYC ordered the wrong glasses. Then decided to use it for Margaritas because it was larger and could command a higher price. 

The second refers to the smaller French margarita glasses which are said to have gotten its shape from Marie Antoinette’s left breast. She wanted her court to toast to her health by drinking out of bosom-shaped glassware. LOL!

Tequila Bar Party Drink

This Pomegranate Tequila Cocktail recipe is so easy. It is perfect for parties because each drink can be made in about 3 minutes, assuming everything is within reach. And although this makes me feel like I am in college again, how fun would a party be with this Tequila Bar banner??

tequila cocktail glass with mint

Just grab a glass and add everything in this order:


Pomegranate Juice

Juice from a mandarin orange

Seltzer Water

If you want to be extra, just add a few more steps: 

  • Get a shallow dish wide enough to fit the rim of your glass. Pour some coconut sugar into the dish. Wet the rim of your glass with water and dip it into the sugar. Add ice to the glass and set aside 
  • Then add the Tequila, Pomegranate juice and Mandarin Orange juice to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Pour the tequila mixture into your sugar rimmed glass and fill it to the top with soda water
  • Fancy, Fancy!  

I’m Having a Summer Party, What Drinks Should I Serve? 

If this Sparkling Pomegranate and Tequila cocktail wasn’t what you were looking for, try a few below. I also threw in a few healthy appetizer recipe ideas!

Champagne Cocktail

Virgin Mojito Recipe

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Healthy Brownies

Lemon Cranberry Muffins

what's your favorite cocktail

Pomegranate Tequila Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This easy Pomegranate Tequila Cocktail will become the star at your next party! 


  • 3 Tablespoons Tequila
  • 2 Tablespoons Pomegranate Juice, 100%
  • 1 Mandarin Orange, cut in half
  • 1 Can Seltzer Water


  1. In a glass, add ice
  2. Add the ingredients in this order: Tequila, Pomegranate Juice
  3. Squeeze the mandarin orange slices over the drink until all the juice is extracted
  4. Pour seltzer water until the cup is full
  5. Serve and Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 cocktail
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Sodium: 104mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 13g

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Heather May 30, 2019 - 7:24 pm

What a nice refreshing, summer drink. Yum!

NaturalDeets June 1, 2019 - 6:07 am

Perfect for Summer!

Joanne May 30, 2019 - 8:03 pm

Wow! That looks amazing!

NaturalDeets June 1, 2019 - 6:06 am


Kendra May 30, 2019 - 8:40 pm

That looks so refreshing! I’m definitely saving this one!

Kyndall Bennett May 30, 2019 - 11:55 pm

I have never once thought that a margarita glass looked like a boob, but now that’s all I’m going to see whenever I order one! ? Thank you for the history lesson!

NaturalDeets May 31, 2019 - 8:43 pm


susan May 31, 2019 - 12:06 am

Oh it sounds lovely and i would totally make it for someone, but I just can’t stomach tequila…or vodka either for that matter. Sounds delish though and the pics are amazing!

NaturalDeets May 31, 2019 - 2:09 am

It would make a delicious Mocktail too! 🙂

angela May 31, 2019 - 12:08 am

Tequila is not my friend – don’t ask! A story for another day! haha – but would love this with vodka and will try that.

NaturalDeets May 31, 2019 - 2:09 am

Vodka would be delicious too! We could probably write an awesome post with all the tequila stories!

Liz May 31, 2019 - 12:15 am

These look so pretty, I’ll have to try them!

Brittany May 31, 2019 - 12:30 am

5 stars
Looks delicious and sounds amazing!! Perfect for the summertime =)

NaturalDeets May 31, 2019 - 2:08 am

It’s definitely a summertime go-to!

Maureen Cardenas May 31, 2019 - 2:47 am

Time to do a little day-drinking! Sounds so refreshing!

Christina Furnival May 31, 2019 - 4:01 am

I am sitting here reading this as I sip on a margarita, so you KNOW I am a fan of tequila! Love the idea of Pomegranate and Tequila. Mmm!

NaturalDeets June 1, 2019 - 6:05 am

Sounds like the perfect night to me!

Anna May 31, 2019 - 2:06 pm

This looks so appetizing. I just wish I could consume oranges.

Cynthia Mackintosh May 31, 2019 - 3:28 pm

I don’t drink at all, but these drinks make me thirsty just looking at them!

Robin May 31, 2019 - 3:29 pm

Sounds delish. Thanks for sharing!

Charlene May 31, 2019 - 4:01 pm

I LOVE sparkling juices. Pomegranate is a good one

Suzan May 31, 2019 - 5:56 pm

Sounds so refreshing! I’ll be giving this one a try!

jen May 31, 2019 - 7:00 pm

perfect for summer!

NaturalDeets June 1, 2019 - 6:06 am


Michelle May 31, 2019 - 7:01 pm

OMG definitely something that is going into my summertime cocktail list. Can’t wait for the next girl’s night now!

NaturalDeets June 1, 2019 - 6:07 am

Oh yeah! It’s perfect for girls night!!

Margaret May 31, 2019 - 8:15 pm

5 stars
I am a Margarita person and this drink sounds wonderful. Cannot wait to try it!

NaturalDeets June 1, 2019 - 6:06 am

From one Margarita person to another, I would LOVE to hear what you think!

Jennifer Morrison May 31, 2019 - 11:30 pm

I love pomegranate juice. In fact it is one of my favorite flavors. I think it is also so festive!

Karla June 1, 2019 - 6:42 am

I’m sure I’m going to love this. Thank you! I’m not keen on carbonated drinks, though. Any thoughts on a replacement?

NaturalDeets June 6, 2019 - 5:24 am

Try replacing the carbonated water with regular still water. We do it regularly and it’s just as good!

Tiffany June 1, 2019 - 1:26 pm

Oh I think I could substitute a few different liquors for this – yummy!

Angela Greven | Mean Green Chef June 1, 2019 - 3:09 pm

This looks super refreshing and so pretty, I would defiantly do the sugar rimmed glass! Wish I had 2 in my hands now! lol ?

Michele June 1, 2019 - 4:45 pm

Looks beautiful! One of my favorite cocktails to make also uses pomegranate juice, so this will be right up my alley!

Malia June 1, 2019 - 5:13 pm

Fantastic presentation! Hahahaha, drinking out of a breast shape glass! Love the history lesson 🙂 Never ever would have connected margarita glasses to Marie Antoinette.

Dawnmarie @ EnjoyingtheDays June 2, 2019 - 1:26 am

I do not drink alcohol, yet I do very much enjoy fruity beverages. This looks like it could be a treat even as a virgin cocktail.

Meagan June 2, 2019 - 1:18 pm

This looks like something my mom would love!

Lina June 2, 2019 - 2:00 pm

Looks so yummy and refreshing!

Pauline June 2, 2019 - 2:31 pm

This looks yummy. We might have to make it for our next bbq or campout.

Tricia Snow June 2, 2019 - 6:04 pm

Ummmm, I say YES to this recipe! I love pomegranate!

Jill June 3, 2019 - 7:44 pm

I love that I learned a few facts in your post about your beautiful drink! I’ll always now remember 3T=1 shot, and Marie Antionette was even crazier than I gave her credit for!

Kymberly Irwin June 3, 2019 - 11:47 pm

5 stars
I make a NorCal Margarita – but I’m gonna give this one a try!!!

Cindy June 4, 2019 - 5:43 pm

I’d leave out the alcohol entirely…ha…and just enjoy the mix of fruit juices. Such a pretty drink though. I’m sure it’s a good one.

Tonya | the Writer Mom June 6, 2019 - 4:21 am

Looks refreshing! Perfect for a hot summer day.

T.M. Brown June 8, 2019 - 9:26 pm

Now this looks like a great drink to have in my hand while sitting by the pool!


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