Bringing back cocktail Saturday the healthy…ish way with this Winter Citrus Tequila Smash. A delicious mix of pretty blood oranges, sweet pomegranate juice, spicy ginger, fresh mint, a touch of warming honey, a splash of tequila, and of course, some sparkles too. It’s so simple, refreshing, wintry, and packed full of ingredients to help ward off the worst of winter’s colds.

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I know, I know. A cocktail in the middle of Healthy January? It doesn’t seem fitting, but I promise, this tequila smash is going to crush any winter bugs lurking in the air this season.

Honestly, I wasn’t planning on sharing any cocktails all month long. After 3 full months of sharing a new cocktail recipe every single Saturday, I thought I was done with the cocktails for a while. BUT, then something changed. I was feeling really inspired to create a few winter cocktails that are on the healthier side. When inspiration hits, I tend to run with it.

Yes, I am crazy, but hey, at least you’re getting a dang good cocktail out of my craziness.

Winter Citrus Tequila Smash in cocktail mixing jar

close up photo or orange peels

Winter Citrus Tequila Smash being muddled together

Winter Citrus Tequila Smash being muddled together

In true cocktail Saturday form, I’m keeping this post short and sweet. So here’s how this tequila smash works.

Simply, muddle together blood oranges with lime juice, pomegranate juice, fresh ginger, mint, and a touch of honey…if you need the sweetness. Muddle until you’ve pressed out all the orange juice, and really infused the ginger into the drink. Now, add some tequila and shake, shake, shake.

Strain into your favorite cocktail glass, and add a blood orange slice, to make the drink extra pretty. And done. It’s quick, it’s easy, and you simply will not be able to get enough of this healthier winter cocktail.

side angle photo of raw oranges

As you can tell from the ingredients (and even just the vibrant color), this cocktail packs in the vitamin C and antioxidants. It will keep your immune system strong. Oh, and did I mention, it’s also the type of drink you’ll be asked to make over and over again? Well at least I am.

Also, if you are partaking in “Dry January”, aka no alcohol all month long. No worries, you can easily just omit the tequila and enjoy an extra citrusy winter mocktail. Which is honestly what I prefer anyway. It works well. So do what works best for you here.

Enjoy, happy Saturday, and see you tomorrow for a new favorite’s post!

side angle close up photo of Winter Citrus Tequila Smash

If you make this winter citrus tequila smash, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Winter Citrus Tequila Smash

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories Per Serving: 222 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 blood orange, peel removed and quartered (or a mix of your favorite oranges)
  • juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 3-4 fresh mint leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey (if needed to sweeten)
  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • sparkling water, for topping

Instructions

  • 1. In a cocktail shaker or glass jar, combine the orange zest, blood orange, lime juice, pomegranate juice, ginger, mint, and honey (if using). Muddle all of the ingredients together, squashing everything to release the juices from the fruit.
    2. Add the tequila. Fill with ice and shake until combined. Strain into your prepared glass. Top with sparkling water. Serve with fresh mint. Drink!

winter citrus tequila smash pitcher

Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 blood orange, peel removed and quartered (or a mix of your favorite oranges)
  • juice from 2 a limes
  • 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 8 fresh mint leaves
  • 3-4 tablespoons honey (if needed to sweeten)
  • 8 ounces silver tequila
  • sparkling water, for topping

Instructions

  • 1. In a large glass jar, combine the orange zest, blood orange, lime juice, pomegranate juice, ginger, mint, and honey (if using). Muddle all of the ingredients together, squashing everything to release the juices from the fruit. Strain the juice into a large pitcher, discard the pulp. 
    2. To the pitcher, add the tequila. Chill until read to serve. 
    3. When ready to serve, fill the pitcher with ice. Top with sparkling water. Serve with fresh mint. Drink!

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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made these a few times, and they are sooo delicious. Refreshing, tasty and not too sweet (we used the lower suggestion of honey). Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hey Erica,
      I am so so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Happy Sunday! xTieghan

  2. This was a more work-intensive cocktail than expected haha. It was super refreshing! And of course the color is fantastic 🙂

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