My Pomegranate Martini Recipe (or Red Carpet Martini) is elegant, colorful, delicious – and perfect for both everyday gatherings and special celebrations.
A Vodka & Cointreau Pomegranate Martini
One year when I was hosting an Academy Awards viewing party, I decided to create an Oscar-themed cocktail, and this Red Carpet Martini was born. To my husband’s perfect martini base of vodka and Cointreau I added fresh lime juice and pomegranate juice. The result is a fresh, fruity, not to sweet, super scrumptious cocktail that all my guests loved!
Pomegranate Vodka Martini Ingredients
Vodka is my liquor of choice when treating myself to a cocktail. I am especially fond of a good martini, and for the most part I like my martinis very dry – just vodka and maybe a drop of Cointreau, shaken with ice. Occasionally, for special occasions, I like to treat myself to a fancier version, adding in some fruit juices. So, for this martini you’ll need:
- Good quality vodka (I like Tito’s)
- Cointreau liqueur
- Pomegranate juice
- Fresh lime juice (or a mix of lemon and lime) – don’t use the stuff in the little squeeze bottle; it doesn’t taste the same. Nor does Rose’s Lime Juice, which is much sweeter.
- Fresh lime wedges or slices for garnish.
How to make a Pomegranate Martini
There’s just a few easy steps to making this celebratory martini:
- Chill glasses.
Fill martini or coupe glasses with ice water to quickly chill; let stand 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and dry.
- Prep shaker.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes (large cubes won’t melt as quickly as small cubes in the spirits and/or liqueur).
Add vodka, Cointreau and and juices; shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds.
Pour through a cocktail strainer into chilled martini glasses.
- Garnish and serve.
Place a wedge or thin slice of lime on the rim of each glass and serve.
Can a Pomegranate Vodka Cocktail be made with gin?
My preference is to use vodka, but yes, you can also use gin in this martini!
How to Garnish a Red Martini
My preferred garnish is a wedge or thin slice of lime. (You can also use lemon.) Just pop it on the rim of the glass just before serving. You can also run it around the rim of the glass first, to add even more lime flavor.
How to Make a Large Batch for a Party
It’s actually quite easy to make a large batch of martinis. My recipe is for 1 serving, so simply multiply it by the number of martinis you want to make. Place the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use; it will last around 4 days. To serve, place in cocktail shaker with ice (fill around 3/4 full), shake, pour and garnish.
When to Serve this Pomegranate Martini Recipe
You can enjoy and share this martini anytime! I especially like to serve it on special occasions and holidays, including at an Academy Award viewing party, Christmas gatherings, and on Valentine’s Day to name a few.
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- 3 1/2 tablespoons (1 3/4 ounces) really good vodka
- 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) Cointreau
- 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) pomegranate juice
- 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) freshly squeezed lime juice (or 1/4 oz fresh lime juice and 1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice)
- Slice or wedge of lime, for garnish
- Fill a martini or coupe glass with ice water to quickly chill; let stand 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and dry.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes (large cubes won’t melt as quickly as small cubes in the spirits and/or liqueur).
- Add vodka, Cointreau and juices; shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds.
- Pour through a cocktail strainer into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with a wedge or slice of lime.
Gluten free: use gluten-free vodka.
- Category: cocktails, gluten free, easy entertaining
- Method: no cook
- Cuisine: Festive