Winter Pomelo Ginger Margarita

pomelo ginger margarita

This year, the Academy Awards fall on the same day as National Margarita Day. How lucky are we? I’ve been trying to fight a cold, and I wasn’t going to let that stop me from enjoying a virtual cocktail with some blogging friends (see below). My goal was to come up with something that was good for me and that’s how I came up with this recipe. I’ve been dosing up on vitamin C and it occurred to me that I needed to make a citrus margarita.

Pomelos are a winter citrus and very high in vitamin C and an ancient alternative that has been used to calm coughs. Sounds like the perfect fruit, right? I love when they are in season because their flavor is mild, sweet, and not as sour as most grapefruit. Combined with other fresh citrus juices like lemon and limes it’s very refreshing.

pomelo ginger lemon lime

Ginger has so many natural remedies and has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Ginger combined with citrus juice is just what the doctor ordered. Sweetened with honey this drinks ads up to a powerful immune system booster.

I’m not a doctor or anything, but after a couple of glasses I felt a whole lot better.

I read this article a few days ago, 15 Reasons Why Tequila Is Actually Really F*cking Good For You and reason #6 said tequila may be used to help treat colds. Back in the 1930s doctors in Mexico used to promote tequila to fight off the common cold with a little bit of lime juice. Sounds legit to me.

All of these magical potions combined together and topped with fizzy lemon-lime soda is not only good for you but it’s really tasty and reminded me of a Paloma. The flavor is sophisticated, smooth, and just lightly spicy from the ginger, sweet from the pomelo, and tart from the lemon and lime.

pomelo ginger lemon lime cocktail

I’m looking forward to making this drink again. Here’s to you, hoping you have a healthy season and enjoy this winter pomelo ginger margarita.

For more margarita inspiration be sure to check out all the links below with more delicious cocktails and margarita-inspired food that will have you wanting to celebrate, Salud!

Winter Pomelo Ginger Margarita

Yield: Makes 2 drinks


Juice of 1 to 2 pomelos
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
2 ounces tequila anejo
1 tablespoon honey
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 (12-ounce) lemon-lime soda, chilled
Grapefruit wedge, for garnish


Combine grapefruit juice, lemon juice, lime juice, tequila, honey, and ginger. Divide between two glasses and top off with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.


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  1. With so many of our margaritas containing citrus today, it looks like we are all set to be healthy for the red carpet tonight – bonus! This sounds fantastic, Yvette…so bright and refreshing!

  2. I have a three pomelos in hand. Now I know what to do with them. Looks very refreshing! Happy Margarita Day!

  3. Citrus and ginger are a staple in our house not only because we love the flavor but like you said they really do work wonders as a natural healer! As if I needed an excuse to try this margarita!! oxox

  4. I love pomelos! Refreshing margarita Salud!

  5. This sounds like a great flavor combo!

  6. I keep walking by the pomelos at the grocery store! Now I’m going to grab some and make this!!

  7. John-Christopher Ward Reply

    This is actually a modified Paloma, not a Margarita.

  8. I need this gorgeous margarita in my life, like NOW!

  9. I had never heard of a pomelo until this celebration and now two times I’ve seen it used in a recipe. I need to get with it because it sounds great.

  10. I have to buy some tequila. and learn to drink margaritas, instead of scotch. This looks so yummy and if its good for a cold, well that lets go for it.

  11. I hope you are feeling better! This drink surely put you in the right direction. So pretty!

  12. I love pomelos – they are so fun to eat and yes by far not as tart as grapefruits. Your twist on the margarita is fantastic – ginger and pomelo the perfect winter cocktail.

  13. Oh yes!! Delicious!

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