Cheers! Triple Citrus Pomegranate Rosemary Margaritas & an iPad Mini Giveaway

Triple Citrus Pomegranate Rosemary Margaritas // The Spicy RDUpdate: The giveaway has ended, but read on for a delicious margarita recipe you can imbibe in all year long!

I can’t think of any better way to say Happy Holidays and THANK YOU to all of you, my wonderful Spicy RD friends and readers, than with a holiday cocktail party, So Cal style, complete with yummy appetizers, these {kinda’ healthy} Triple Citrus Pomegranate Rosemary Margaritas, and a fabulous giveaway ~ an iPad Mini, two gorgeous free e-books, Twelve Terrific Christmas Cookie Recipes by Stephanie Weaver, and Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil by Laura Bashar and Mary Platis, and a KIND cube filled with deliciously healthy snacks!

Can you???

I’m excited to be partnering with 9 other fabulous Southern California Food Bloggers and KIND Snacks to host this holiday celebration for you.  I’ll share my Triple Citrus Pomegranate Rosemary Margarita recipe with you in a minute, but first check out the healthy and delicious eats created by my co-hosts that I’ve chosen to bring to the cocktail party…

California Greek Girl ~ Mary Platis ~ Holiday Greek Feta Spread
Family Spice ~ Laura Bashar ~ Beef and Pomegranate Dolmeh
Jolly Tomato ~ Jeanne Fratello ~ Epic Roasted Pepper Salsa
Liv Life ~ Kim Kelly ~ Quinoa Salad with Squash, Beets and Arugula
Mimi Avocado ~ Mimi Holtz ~ Mache Salad w/ Avocado, Orange, Mango, & Almonds
Recipe Renovator ~ Stephanie Weaver ~ Curried Lentil Sweet Potato Stacks
Rustic Garden Bistro ~ Kim Burnell ~ Chicken Tacos w/ Queso Fresco & Fresh Cilantro
She’s Cookin ~ Priscilla Willis ~ Pear, Cranberry, Pecan Salad w/ Ambrosia Vinaigrette
Shockingly Delicious ~ Dorothy Reinhold ~ Prosciutto Goat Cheese  w/ Figs & Arugula

Of course you’ll need something fabulous to sip on, like my Triple Citrus Pomegranate Rosemary Margaritas, while you nibble on all these yummy appetizers…

Triple Citrus Pomegranate Rosemary Margaritas

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Inspired by the fragrant and delicious citrus fruits ripening in Southern California this winter, gorgeous red ripe pomegranates, and copious amount of rosemary growing in my garden, I created this festive, and, dare I say, healthy, Triple Citrus Pomegranate Rosemary Margarita. If you're not imbibing, this would be equally delicious with sparkling water in place of the tequila.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 large sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 6 ounces tequila
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 4 tangerines, peeled and juiced
  • 2 lemons, halved and juiced
  • 2 limes, halved and juiced
  • 8 tablespoons rosemary simple syrup {recipe above}
  • ice
  • 1 pomegranate, cut in half and seeded, for garnish {or use pomegranate arils from the store}
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish


  1. Combine water, sugar, and fresh rosemary in a pan and heat on high until boiling. Remove pan from heat, cover, and let rosemary steep for 30 minutes. Strain liquid, and store in a jar in the refrigerator, until ready to use.
  2. Combine tequila, juices from tangerines, lemons, and limes, and rosemary simple syrup in a cocktail shaker or jar with ice, and shake until well combined.
  3. Place ice in 4 margarita glasses, and divide shaken margarita mixture equally between the 4 glasses, then top off each glass with ~ 1/4 cup pomegranate juice, or until glass is full. Garnish with pomegranate arils and a sprig of fresh rosemary.
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Triple Citrus Pomegranate Rosemary Margaritas // The Spicy RDCheers!!!

And now for the giveaway…

iPad Mini giveaway ends 12/16/13 at 11:59 PM PST

Giveaway Details …

Take Part in #Giving Tuesday on December 2nd & 3rd: KIND will offer $10 off our KIND Healthy Indulgence Cube (normally $42.50) by entering GIVE at checkout. To help give back at the same time, for every cube purchased KIND will make a donation to City Harvest, a food rescue organization dedicated to feeding the hungry. Customers who purchase a cube can feel good knowing that each purchase will help feed 12 people in need, which is needed even more now given recent cuts in food stamps. Take part in #GivingTuesday by sharing this link and offer, and ordering some yummy snacks for yourself, a friend, or to share at your office!

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What’s your favorite holiday cocktail, mocktail, or appetizer?  What are you looking forward to the most this holiday season?

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  1. You are amazzzing!! I’m a margarita girl at heart, and love the tartness of lemon and lime. And now you’ve added my beloved pomegranate too?? I think I’d like to be your new BFF!! Cheer to you this holiday season, I’m totally in for this cocktail party. Gorgeous photos!

  2. Love all the juiciness in this holiday inspired margarita EA! Wishing you well this Holiday season!

    • Thanks so much Jeanette! Tangerines are one of my favorite holiday fruits and combined with lemons and limes, they make for a perfect margarita :-) I hope you have a wonderful holiday season as well!

  3. The margarita’s sound delicious! I love something cold when it’s cold outside!

  4. great cocktail fun and festive

  5. OK – I’d be tweeting and pinning this recipe regardless of a giveaway (which is a sweet bonus by the way.) Every year we host Christmas (my hubby is one of 11 so we are usually at 30+ people!) I like to do a different holiday cocktail every yet and this margarita will probably be the winner – LOVE! Besides our dinner, I look forward to our Christmas Eve 7 Fish Dinner – my favorite meal of the year :)

    • OK-I am SO curious….is a 7 Fish Dinner, really a dinner w/ 7 types of fish??? We go out for Christmas Eve dinner to a small French restaurant that is beautifully decorated and the owner plays the tambourine-so fun-then Christmas Dinner at our house. I love this time of year too :-) Cheers!

  6. Just saw your post on FB and it’s funny because I was JUST thinking about what to make for a holiday drink this Christmas!! Yeah, I’m daydreaming today. This sounds wonderful.

  7. Come on up to the ranch and we’ll make up a batch of your margaritas! We have tangerines, lemons, limes…and a pomegranate tree too! Rosemary in the garden…yup, we might need to have a party. Beautiful post!

  8. Just found your site and am wowed by the selection of HEALTHY recipes. Looking forward to trying them and receiving newletters with more…

    • So happy to have you here Teresa, and thank you so much for your kind words-MUCH appreciated! Looking forward to sharing more healthy and delicious recipes with you too :-) Happy holidays!!!

  9. The margarita sounds delicious! Great giveaway!

  10. Yum! One of these days we will make the long, what 10 minute drive, to see each other in person and toast with this delicious margarita!!! Happy Holidays!

  11. Oh heck ya girl, you seriously had me at rosemary…..okay AND cocktail! I have a rosemary plant that is happy happy even in the cool weather. I love all the flavors in this cocktail, so perfect during the holiday season! Hugs, Terra

  12. I love the blog because I love finding new recipes and I appreciate the food photography!

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