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This pomegranate martini recipe is tart, tangy and perfect for any occasion! The jewel-toned drink blends pomegranate juice with vodka, lemon and orange liqueur.

Pomegranate Martini

Looking for a fun cocktail as a signature drink for your next gathering? Try a Pomegranate Martini! Crisp, sweet tart, fruity, and light: it’s much closer to a Cosmo than the classic martini. But instead of cranberry juice like the Cosmopolitan, it’s made with pomegranate juice instead. Serve it up in a martini glass and you’ve got a sophisticated cocktail that’s refreshing and easy to drink. Here’s how to make it!

What’s in a pomegranate martini?

This pomegranate martini can be considered a spin on the classic martini: except that it’s closer to a Cosmopolitan! Both the Cosmo and the martini have official definitions on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails. But this pomegranate martini spin is off-script! It’s got vodka like a vodka martini. But where a vodka martini simply has dry vermouth…well, it adds lots of other ingredients! It’s really more of a sour cocktail than anything.

Here are the ingredients in a pomegranate martini:

Pomegranate Martini

How to make a pomegranate martini (basic steps)

It’s very simple to make a pomegranate martini! All you’ll need is a cocktail shaker and a martini glass. Here are the basic steps (or jump to the recipe):

  1. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake for 15 seconds until cold.
  2. Strain into a glass.
  3. Garnish with a lemon peel: see below for what to do with it!

How to express citrus into a cocktail

For this pomegranate martini, you’ll do something that’s common in cocktails: expressing a citrus peel onto the drink. Why? This gives you a strong citrus perfume when you go to take a sip of the drink. Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Use a knife to remove a 1″ wide strip of the lemon peel.
  • Squeeze it over the drink first, which releases the oils and gives it a strong lemon perfume.
  • To amp it up a notch, run the lemon peel around the rim of the glass. This gives an even more citrus-y first sip.

You’ll notice this technique is used in lots of classic cocktails to add an extra sensory element, like the Classic Old Fashioned and Boulevardier Cocktail.


About Cointreau, and a substitute

Cointreau is an orange liqueur with a beautiful orange perfume flavor. Cointreau is a type of triple sec, which means “triple distilled.” But it’s technically a higher quality than a Triple Sec, with a more robust and balanced flavor. It’s most well known for being used in cocktails like the Classic Margarita. If you buy a bottle, you’ll have lots to make with it: all our Best Margarita Recipes and these Best Cointreau Drinks.

If you don’t have a bottle of Cointreau for this pomegranate martini, you can substitute any orange liqueur. You could try Triple Sec, or a higher end liqueur like Grand Marnier.

There are several drinks that are similar to the pomegranate martini. Here are it’s closest relatives:

Pomegranate Martini

When to serve a pomegranate martini

This pomegranate martini is sophisticated, sweet tart and fruity. It’s great as a:

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Pomegranate Martini

Pomegranate Martini

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


This pomegranate martini recipe is tart, tangy and perfect for any occasion! The jewel-toned drink blends pomegranate juice with vodka, lemon and orange liqueur.


  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce 100% pomegranate juice (purchased or fresh squeezed)
  • ½ ounce Cointreau
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup or maple syrup


  1. Place the vodka, pomegranate juice, Cointreau, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 15 seconds until cold. Strain the drink into a cocktail or martini glass.
  2. Use a knife to remove a 1″ wide strip of the lemon peel. Squeeze the lemon peel into the drink to release the oils. Gently run the peel around the edge of the glass, then place it in the glass and serve.


To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Pomegranate Martini

More classic cocktails

Here are a few more of our best classic cocktails you might also enjoy:

  • Tom Collins This popular gin cocktail that’s light, sweet tart, and bubbly!
  • Southside Cocktail An easy and refreshing gin drink made with mint, lemon and lime: think of it like a gin mojito. Or try the Southside Fizz, the bubbly version.
  • Classic Mojito Perfectly balanced with lime, rum and fresh mint! This iconic Cuban cocktail is refreshing and just sweet enough.
  • Paloma Cousin of the classic margarita, this easy Mexican cocktail recipe features tequila with grapefruit instead of lime! 

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Wonderful drink! I kicked it up by using the Kettle one vodka infused with peach and orange and grand marnier. I totally forgot to sip it!

  2. This is an impressive, delicious cocktail that appeals to everyone and is easy to make. We used an electric citrus juicer to render the juice from big, fresh pomegranates that come out in the markets in the fall and strained it. The juice was still a bit cloudy. I suppose we could have strained it thru a cloth jelly bag or cheesecloth, but too much work! We halved the sugar syrup bec we don’t like sweet drinks and it came out really well.
    Thank you for this cocktail recipe.

  3. Hi,

    Dilemma: have pomegranate juice, tito’s vodka, tequila, lime & lemon juice. Can I get a decent (aka passable) martini from all that?

    1. Hi! Yes, you’d just need to make some simple syrup.

      1 ounce vodka
      1 ounce 100% pomegranate juice (purchased or fresh squeezed)
      1/4 ounce lemon juice
      1/4 ounce lime juice
      ½ ounce simple syrup

  4. Amazing Martini! This is my go-to drink! So glad to have tried this recipe.
    I can’t wait to try more of their drink recipes. Thank you!!

  5. Had to fake a quick drink for a crowd and make it somewhat fancy. Had triple sec, vodka and pomegranate juice. Used sweet and sour because I didn’t have simple syrup. Made it work and everyone liked it. Thanks

  6. Delicious! Sweet, balanced, added a sugar rim, and lime juice for substitute. Oh, and cherry for fun. I’m v- new to Martinis and do not posses a martini glass yet!