Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this Grapefruit-Pom Margarita Recipe!

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Let’s start things off with one cocktailing fact—Cinco de Mayo is all about the margarita. Yes, of course there’s the line up of delicious Mexican beers such as Tecate, Dos Equis or Modelo if you’re so inclined. But for me, this is a holiday that brings my cocktail shaker and a bottle of Tequila out, ready celebrate.

Outside of my cocktailing world there are a few more facts about Cinco de Mayo you should know. Such as the fact that it is a holiday commemorating the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). It is not, as most people think, to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day which is celebrated on September 16th. Here in the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, where revelers mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano.

For me, May 5th is a day unlike any other when it comes to enjoying a salt-rimmed glass filled with citrus juice and one of the aforementioned tequilas. This is THE day to mix a Margarita, so I’m here to share one of my favorite recipes that have made many a friend fall in love with tequila. Trust me, you’ll love this and so will all your fellow Cinco de Mayo revelers!

One cannot survive on margarita alone! Try one of our recipes for yummy tacos or skinny Cinco de Mayo appetizers


There’s just something refreshing about drinking a margarita that doesn’t include that tart, overly sweet lemon/lime flavoring. This version mellows things out a bit by highlighting the delicious flavors of grapefruit with a touch of pomegranate. I used Resposado tequila to complement the flavors, but a Blanco tequila is amazing with this cocktail as well.


TOOLS :: Cocktail shaker, wire strainer, citrus juicer
GLASS :: Old Fashioned
EXTRAS :: Kosher salt, grapefruit wedge for garnish
SERVINGS :: 4 cocktails


  • 6 oz. Hornitos Resposado tequila
  • 1.5 oz. Cointreau or Patron Citron liqueur
  • 1.5 oz. Pama pomegranate liqueur
  • 1 oz. POM pomegranate juice
  • Fresh squeezed juice from one pink grapefruit (~4 oz.)
  • 1 Tbsp frozen limeade concentrate
  • Lots of ice!



  • Cut grapefruit in half. Twist glass rims on open side of grapefruit to moisten and dip in kosher salt. Set aside.
  • Juice grapefruit, strain through wire strainer into cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice to shaker and add remaining ingredients.
  • Shake well to combine ingredients – at least one minute
  • Add ice to glasses and garnish with grapefruit wedge
  • Divide shaker contents into cocktail glasses




Not everyone at your party might like tequila, or they might be honorably serving as the designated driver for the night, so let’s make these friends feel just as special with a non-alcohol version of this drink. Simply eliminate the first 3 ingredients (the alcohol) and instead combine the following:

GLASS: Collins glass filled with ice
SERVINGS: 1 cocktail


  • .5 oz POM juice
  • .5 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp frozen limeade concentrate
  • Grapefruit soda (such as Fresca, Squirt or San Pellegrino Sparkling Pompelmo)

Shake first three ingredients in a shaker and pour into ice-filled glass. Top with grapefruit soda.

I personally find the bars and restaurants way too crowded on Cinco de Mayo, so I prefer to drink these margaritas in my own home rather than pay the exorbitant cost for watered-down versions elsewhere. So gather a few friends and celebrate Cinco de Mayo the right way – with plenty of delicious margaritas!