How to Make the Best Cherry Margarita

Celebrate peak cherry season with this flavorful and juicy cherry margarita.

Ah, the margarita…a traditional cocktail made with tequila and triple sec, served in a salt-rimmed glass with ice. We’re here to show you a delicious, deep red take on the classic lime green wonder. Behold, the cherry margarita!

You may be thinking, “Cherry? In a margarita? But how?” This libation has a lot going for it. Not only are cherries tasty, but they’re also extremely good for you. And the cherry margarita packs a sweet punch with just enough kick of agave and salt to become an instant favorite.

Plus, lucky for us, the margarita is, an extremely versatile cocktail. You can play with a ton of different fruits to create your own elixir – or even learn how to make a margarita three different ways!

How to Make a Cherry Margarita

This juicy recipe comes to us from Crystal Jo Bruns of Colorado. It makes 4 tasty drinks.

Ingredients

  • Lime wedges
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup cherry juice (or cherry juice blend)
  • 4 ounces tequila (We found the best one for margs!)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen pitted dark sweet cherries
  • Honey, optional
  • 2 cups ice, optional

Step 1: Salt the Rim

Using the lime wedges, moisten the rims of 4 margarita or cocktail glasses. Set aside the lime wedges for garnish. Sprinkle some kosher salt onto a plate. Hold each glass upside down and dip the rims into a generous amount of salt, enough to cover the edges. Set the drinking glasses aside.

Step 2: Blend It All Together

In a blender, combine the cherry juice, tequila, lime juice, frozen cherries and, if desired, honey for some sweetness. (Start with 1 tablespoon.) If you’d like your margarita to be slushy, add ice to the blender as well. Cover and process until completely blended, about 45 seconds to one minute. (Have you tried an Italian margarita? Get the recipe here.)

Step 3: Serve and Enjoy

Pour the margarita into each of the prepared glasses. Garnish with the reserved lime wedges and a cherry. Cheers!

If you need more reasons to love cherries, check out these juicy facts about the lovely red fruit.

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