Cherry Margaritas

by Shawnda on June 11, 2012

in Beverages,Cinco de Mayo,Fruit,Mexican & TexMex

Fresh Cherry Margaritas

With every trip to the grocery store over the last few weeks, we’ve picked up a big bag of cherries with 2-3 new recipes in mind. And then I don’t make any of them. Because there’s nothing wrong with standing at your kitchen island with a bag of cherries and a Diet Coke and calling it lunch.

Except that there’s no tequila.

And you know how much I love tequila.

Fresh Cherry Margaritas

Cherries are the It Fruit at the moment. My favorite way to “cook” with a seasonal It Fruit is to make a cocktail. So we blended those beautiful, fresh cherries with the magical ingredients that make margaritas and, not so surprisingly, we got a magical cherry margarita. It’s slightly sweet, a striking shade of red, and perfectly refreshing.

Magical.

Cherry Margaritas

Make the most of cherry season with margaritas made with fresh cherries, lime, and tequila.

Ingredients

  • For the homemade margarita mix:
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup water water
  • 2 Tbsp sugar (or the equivalent in your favorite sweetener)
  • For the margarita:
  • Homemade margarita mix (above)
  • 24 cherries
  • 3 oz tequila
  • 2 oz orange liqueur
  • 2 oz blackberry liqueur (optional)

Instructions

  1. Stir together sugar and water over medium heat, just until the sugar has completely disolved and the mixture is clear.
  2. Stir in lime juice and pour into a blender.
  3. Pit cherries and place in the blender.
  4. Add tequila, orange liqueur, and blackberry liqueur, if using. (I find the blackberry liqueur really punches up the "dark berries" flavor. Omit if you don't have a reason to keep a big bottle of blackberry liqueur around. I do.)
  5. Blend 15-20 seconds and pour through a fine sieve into a pitcher.
  6. Use a rubber spatula to work the mixture around, getting as much of the liquid out as possible.
  7. Pour the strained margarita over ice and enjoy.

Notes

Yields: 2 drinks

Adapted from Fine Cooking via Annie's Eats

Estimated time: 15 minutes

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katrina June 11, 2012 at 10:49 am

These are so pretty! Love this idea!

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2 Kristy June 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

These look so refreshing right now, I’m dying for one. Except I can’t seem to find cherries for anything less than $6 for a teeny tiny bag right now.

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3 Jennifer June 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Oh wow, these are so pretty! And, you’re right; there’s nothing wrong with standing at your island, double-fisting cherries and chugging diet coke!

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4 Krissy@DaintyChef June 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Seriously, your photos keep getting better and better! Love this, going on my menu very soon.

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5 Cupcake and Talk June 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I can’t wait to try this recipe. I love the color. Thank you.

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6 Cara June 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I looove fresh cherries in my bevies – cherry mojitos are a favorite. But I love me some cherry margaritas too. Fresh cherries are just now making their way up around our parts – I can’t wait to pick some up!

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7 Melissa June 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Mmmm! A love summer drinkies-the fresh flavors, the beautiful colors, the sittin’ by the pool. I have a watermelon daiquiri featured on my blog today. I’m a rum kinda girl! :)

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8 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel June 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm

So gorgeous! I eyed the cherries last week but didn’t get any because I had no clue what to make and didn’t want to waste them!

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9 Laura June 12, 2012 at 4:57 am

I love that you post 2 of the best marg recipes known to man in a row, like it ain’t no thang! Gorgeous pictures.

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10 foodiebride June 12, 2012 at 8:25 am

I hit publish and thought, “Maybe I should have spread those out a little… Nah.” :)

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11 Joanne June 12, 2012 at 11:02 am

I do the SAME THINGS with cherries. Just eat them. Straight up. For dinner. It’s awesome…but these might be awesome-r. Tequila tends to have that effect on fruit.

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12 Ann P. June 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Gorgeous color!! I think getting a cherry pitter is in order :D

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13 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf June 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm

As I read this, I am currently dominating a bag of cherries and calling it a late lunch. That and the brownies I had earlier. Haha!

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14 Alessandra June 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Ciao, this is lovely, if you don’t mind I will pin one of the pics :-) for my Pinterest drink board!

Alessandra

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15 Sarah from 20something cupcakes June 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

We’re on the same wavelength! Just posted margaritas, too. I need to try cherry ASAP, I’ve never done that! (And I like to think I’ve tried them all). Beautiful pictures!

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16 Debra Kapellakis June 15, 2012 at 7:39 am

I love Cherries and Margarita’s! YUM!

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17 Frozen Margarita June 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Now that drink has a really great color and the addition of the blackberry liqueur makes it perfect.

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18 Ashley L June 20, 2012 at 7:47 pm

OMG, drinking this right now and its delicious! Didn’t have blackberry liqueur, but still tastes great! I’m going to freeze a bunch of the cherries I bought and will have to experiment with making this with thawed ones during the winter. So so good!

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19 kat June 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm

OMG! Cherry margaritas!! Why haven’t I heard about this sooner?! I love this idea!

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20 LA June 8, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I bookmarked these last summer and only now got around to making them. Delicious ! For ease, I used frozen bing cherries, and didn’t bother to strain. Was also happy to be able to use a cassis from a local winery :) Thanks for a great recipe !

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