Pomegranate Rosemary Mezcal Margarita

Mezcal is a type of spirit from Mexico. It’s made from the agave plant and it differs from tequila in a few ways, most notably it’s smoky flavour and aroma. If you can’t find mezcal at your liquor store feel free to substitute tequila. This cocktail has a rosemary salt rim and this recipe will yield extra rosemary salt. This is great to have on hand to flavour all sorts of meals – from grilled meats, to popcorn, to roasted vegetables.


Pomegranate Rosemary Mezcal Margarita

Prep time: 10 minutes, 1 hour inactive
Cook time: 0
Total time: 10 minutes, 1 hour inactive
Yield: 1 cocktail



For the Rosemary Salt

  • ½ cup coarse salt

  • ½ cup rosemary

  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar

  • Zest of ½ a lime

For the Margarita

  • .5oz rosemary simple syrup

  • .5oz fresh lime juice

  • 1oz pomegranate juice

  • 1oz mezcal

  • .5oz triple sec or Grand Marnier

  • Rosemary sprig and pomegranate seeds for garnish

  • Plenty of ice


In a food processor combine salt, rosemary, granulated sugar and lime zest. Pulse until well combined and the mixture looks like damp green sand. Spread out on a baking sheet and let it dry out for an hour or two. This will be used as the rim for your cocktail but any extra will keep for about a year in an airtight jar.

Rim a rocks glass with rosemary salt. Fill a martini shaker with ice. Add simple syrup, lime juice, pomegranate juice and triple sec. Shake vigorously. Pour into rimmed glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds and a sprig of rosemary.