Cool down this summer with a Fresh Cherry Margarita! This tart yet refreshing drink is a perfect summer cherry cocktail!
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Nothing is better than taking seasonal fresh fruit and adding it to a margarita! So during the middle of summer during cherry season making a fresh cherry margarita is a must!
This margarita definitely keeps it tart yet refreshing!
Plus it is simple to make with only a handful of ingredients.
For this cocktail having a cocktail shaker and bar set will work best, most specifically having a Hawthorne Strainer. While hawthorne strainer is the technical term most often it is the typical bar strainer that you will see. The hawthorne strainer has a handle with a large paddle like end that usually has a few holes, attached to the end part is wire coil that goes around most of the end. Placing this coil into the shaker and then straining will help keep all of the cherry pulp in and all of the margarita out. If you have a fine mesh strainer it will also do just as good of a job to strain out the margarita.
You will also need a muddler for this cocktail, if you don’t have one of those a wooden spoon works just great in it’s place!
- Fresh Cherries – A fresh cherry margarita has to start with fresh cherries right!? Any variety will work here whether you want to use the bright red or black cherries.
- Cherry Liqueur – There are 2 cherry liqueur’s that are most prominent at stores those are Heering Cherry Liqueur or Luxardo Cherry Liqueur. Either will work!
- Lime Juice – Use fresh limes! For one margarita you will typically need the juice of 1 medium sized lime.
- Blanco Tequila – You will want to use a Blanco or Plata (White or Silver) tequila. Tequila is broken out into four categories; Blanco/Plata, Joven Abocado (Gold), Repasado, and Añejo (aged). If you would like to use a tequila from a different category that is perfectly okay. I recommend using your favorite tequila, that will make the drink all that much better. If you don’t have a favorite my favorite ‘everyday’ tequila is Tres Agaves and my favorite ‘special’ tequila is Casamigos.
For a complete detailed list of the ingredients continue towards the bottom of the page.
Call me lazy but I found that pitting the cherries didn’t seem to matter since they will be strained out anyways and that the cherries can easily be muddled around the pits. If you wanted to drink the margarita with the cherry pulp in it and not strain it out then you would want to pit the cherries.
Add the cherries to a shaker. Gently muddle the cherries to realease their juices.
Add the lime juice, cherry liqueur, tequila, & a handful of ice. Shake for 10 to 20 seconds until cold.
Strain into an ice filled glass. Top with a cherry and lime wedge.
tips, tricks and questions
Can I make this sweeter and not so tart?
Yes! Feel free to add about 1/2 to 3/4 ounce of simple syrup or agave syrup to the cocktail to give it more sweetness.
- 4-5 Fresh Cherries
- 3/4 ounce Cherry Liqueur
- 1 ounce Lime Juice
- 2 ounces Blanco Tequila
- Add the cherries to a shaker. Gently muddle the cherries to release their juices.
- Add the lime juice, cherry liqueur, tequila, & a handful of ice to the shaker. Shake for 10 to 20 seconds until cold.
- Strain into an ice filled glass. Top with a cherry and lime wedge.
Call me lazy but I found that pitting the cherries didn't seem to matter since they will be strained out anyways and that the cherries can easily be muddled around the pits. If you wanted to drink the margarita with the cherry pulp in it and not strain it out then you woud want to pit the cherries.
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Serving Size:1 drink
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 1g
Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.