Tangerine Ginger Margarita

[Photograph: Jessica Leibowitz]

Though the bright magenta color of this pomegranate-ginger drink may not appeal to tough guys, the flavor is sophisticated. It's smooth and just lightly spicy from the ginger, sweet from the tangerine, and tart from the lime. With all that fruit, tequila hides in the background a bit, but that doesn't mean you won't feel it. If you ever enjoyed a Tequila Sunrise, you must try this updated version.

This recipe is adapted from Deborah Schneider's excellent book, Amor y Tacos.

Note: If you're concerned about appearances, you may want to double-strain this so the tangerine pulp doesn't sneak in.

Tangerine Ginger Margarita

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:10 minutes
Special equipment:cocktail shaker, muddler, strainer


  • 4 slices fresh ginger, each 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 slices tangerine, each 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila (100% agave)
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • optional garnish: pomegranate seeds


  1. 1

    In a shaker, crush the ginger with a muddler. Add tangerine slices and muddle further, then top with ice, tequila, simple syrup, lime juice, and pomegranate juice. Cover tightly and shake for 15 seconds.

  2. 2

    Strain into a martini glass or coupe and garnish with a few pomegranate seeds if desired.

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