These frozen cherry margaritas are tart and sweet at the same time, and are super fast to make if you have frozen dark sweet cherries on hand, such as these.
The added tartness and deep color from the cherries, combined with the lime and tequila is delightful. As I mentioned on another post, I usually don’t add orange liqueur, such as Triple sec, to my margaritas. But for these frozen cherry margaritas, I’m making an exception. I tried these margaritas both with and without Triple sec, and found that the cherry tartness is nicely complemented by the bitter-sweet orange liqueur.
I also had on hand some maraschino cherries in moonshine that my sister had recently given to me. I thought they would be great to enhance the look of the photos for this post. What I didn’t realize is how well they pair in taste with frozen cherry margaritas!
The first time that I tried one of these moonshine maraschino cherries, I was amazed by how strong they are, in terms of booziness. These moonshine cherries would be perfect as garnishes for other kinds of cocktails as well.
This recipe for frozen cherry margaritas makes one drink, but can easily be doubled. Here it is:
- ⅓ cup frozen dark sweet cherries
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce simple syrup, or to taste
- 2 ounces lime juice (juice of large lime), plus extra for rims
- 1 ounce orange liqueur, such as Triple sec
- 3 ice cubes
- For the garnishes (optional):
- White table sugar for glass rims
- Maraschino cherries
- Lime wedges
- Place glass in freezer.
- Combine frozen cherries, tequila, simple syrup, lime juice, orange liqueur, and 3 ice cubes in blender and blend until smooth.
- Meanwhile, place a teaspoon or so of lime juice in one saucer, and a couple of teaspoons of white sugar in another saucer. Pull glass out of freezer and dip rim of glass in lime juice and then in white sugar until rim is coated.
- Pour blended margarita in glass and add maraschino cherries or lime wedge for garnish if desired.