The New and Improved “Pom” and Circumstance Margatini Cocktail

Last year when my daughter graduated from college and graduations everywhere went virtual, I shared my version of a Pomegranate Margarita Martini, aptly named the “Pom” and Circumstance Margatini. Over the past year, I’ve worked feverishly (in the name of drink science) to perfect this twist on the classic margarita that’s shaken and served in a salted martini glass. So I present the new and improved “Pom” and Circumstance Margatini cocktail in honor of my son’s college graduation.

The New and Improved "Pom" and Circumstance Margatini Cocktail - rub lime along the rim of the martini glass

The original version of the Pom and Circumstance called for Silver Tequila (because I had a gigantic bottle of it) and Grand Marnier (a delightful blend of Cognac brandy, orange essence, and sugar). But the Grand Marnier, while delicious, wasn’t quite right. So this time around, I decided to go with a Reposado Tequila (reposado means “rested” in Spanish). Milagro Reposado is my go-to Tequila which is aged four months in American oak barrels. I switched from Grand Marnier to Cointreau (an orange liqueur), the unsung hero of the Classic Margarita. I also added simple syrup for a little sweetness (which I make myself by combining equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved). Without further ado…

Cointreau and Tequila

The New and Improved “Pom” and Circumstance Margatini Cocktail

  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • ½ oz freshly squeezed lime juice or Nellie & Joe’s Key Lime Juice
  • 3 oz pomegranate Juice
  • ¾ oz Cointreau
  • 1-½ oz Milagro Reposado Tequila
  • Quartered limes for garnish
  • Kosher salt for the glass rim (but any salt will do the trick)
The New and Improved "Pom" and Circumstance Margatini Cocktail - Pouring Margatini from shaker

Pour salt onto a small plate, rub lime wedge around all or half the rim of a martini glass, then dip martini glass into salt to coat the rim. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the Reposado Tequila, pomegranate juice, Cointreau, simple syrup, and lime juice. Shake vigorously, then strain into the Martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. Cheers!

"Pom" & Circumstance Margatini with lime
"Pom" & Circumstance Margatini with lime

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