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.
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.
Make the most of cherry season with margaritas made with fresh cherries, lime, and tequila.
- For the homemade margarita mix:
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1/4 cup 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)
- Stir together sugar and water over medium heat, just until the sugar has completely disolved and the mixture is clear.
- Stir in lime juice and pour into a blender.
- Pit cherries and place in the blender.
- 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.)
- Blend 15-20 seconds and pour through a fine sieve into a pitcher.
- Use a rubber spatula to work the mixture around, getting as much of the liquid out as possible.
- Pour the strained margarita over ice and enjoy.
Yields: 2 drinks
Estimated time: 15 minutes