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Cherry Lime Margarita

This Cherry Margarita mixes fresh cherries and lime for a very summery combo… Just add tequila and blend to enjoy a refreshing frosty summer drink!

Overhead view of a cherry margarita with lime wedge garnish and salted rim with plate of salt, cherries, and lime in background and recipe title at top

Chris and I went out to dinner the other night and had seriously the most sexist waiter ever. It was so ridiculous. First, the second I sat down and opened the drink menu, he said to me, “you’d probably like that one; it’s a really girly drink.” It was a blueberry vodka lemonade. Thanks? Most of my friends wouldn’t refer to me as a “girly” drinker and I probably most often order drinks with bourbon/whiskey when out. Then we placed our appetizer order… Which was a cheese plate and oysters because I mean, does it even get any better than that? And he immediately looked at Chris and said “wow, I’m surprised you didn’t get the meatballs. Guys always want those.” Um? Like is the cheese plate not an acceptable “man” appetizer? Because the last time I checked, cheese does not discriminate. Nor do oysters. Also, I order meatballs out way more often than Chris. Le sigh. Finally, when he brought the bill, he handed me my leftovers (eggplant parm, which he didn’t seem to have any issues with) and said, “for you.” And then handed Chris the check and said “and this is for you!”

Geez. Well, Mr. Waiter Man, this drink is for you. It’s girly in that it’s a pretty color. But I think it’s also manly, too, in that it’s made with tequila. The lime I guess is pretty neutral. The simple syrup? Hmmm that’s a tough call. But you know what? It doesn’t really matter because this drink was just plain delicious and you will enjoy it no matter if you’re a man or a woman! Unless you don’t like cherries. Then, stay away. Also, really?

CHERRY LIME MARGARITA RECIPE

I am obsessed with cherries and have been wanting to make a nice icy drink with them for a while. Limes are an obvious match for the fruit, so I combined the two into a frosty Cherry Lime Margarita. It takes about 2 seconds to whip up… Once you’re done pitting the cherries!

Overhead view of chopped fresh cherries in a blender

All you do is put everything into the blender: About 30 pitted cherries, 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, 2 Tbsp simple syrup, 3 oz.tequila, and 2 oz. triple sec, plus 2 cups of ice. And blend away!

Head-on view of cherries pureed in a blender

I highly recommend you also salt the rims of your glasses. Because that’s what you do for margaritas! If you aren’t a fan of the salt, you can always drink it with a straw… Or use sugar. It’s just too pretty to resist!

Head-on closeup view of a cherry margarita with lime wedge garish, salted rim and red and white straw

 

If you’re making your own simple syrup for this drink (and you should! It’s so easy!), all you need to do is combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a medium-sized saucepan at high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and then lower the heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes, until syrup thickens. Remove syrup to jar or bowl and let cool to room temperature. My personal recommendation is to always have a mason jar or two of simple syrup in your fridge ready to go for times like these!

And by “times like these,” I mean Cocktail Fridays. Happy Cocktail Friday, by the way!

Overhead view of a cherry margarita with lime wedge garnish and salted rim with plate of salt, cherries, and lime in background

If you’re a New Englander like me, it’s likely you spent many years seeing commercials for the fast food place, Sonic, despite the fact that there wasn’t one even semi-close to us. I always thought it must be the best place in the world, in part due to the cherry limeade everyone was obsessed with.

Well, we finally got Sonics in New England and I live super close to one now. I’ve only been twice and the food definitely didn’t live up to the commercial hype… But that Cherry Limeade is pretty delicious. And these Cherry Lime Margaritas remind me of that a little bit. But frostier (which obviously means better). Oh, and WITH tequila! So, this one most definitely wins.

Landscape view of two cherry margaritas with lime wedge garnishes and salted rims with plate with cherries, salt, and limes in foreground and mason jar of simple syrup in background

Of course, you could make a cherry margarita without tequila for the kids, but right now, it’s Friday, you’ve had a long week, and I’m sure you need to relax. So go ahead and add the tequila! 

Overhead view of two cherry margaritas with lime wedge garnishes and salted rims with yellow plate with salt, cherries, and limes in foreground

This plate is making me think this margarita should be re-created into some kind of cherry margarita tequila shot. Shot of tequila, bite of cherry, squeeze of lime, and lick of salt? I’m way too old for that.

Overhead closeup view of yellow plate with sea salt, fresh cherries, and lime wedges

Or maybe too girly?? Nah, that can’t be right. I hope you manly men out there won’t let the pretty color of this cocktail deter you. In fact, I hope it makes you want this cherry margarita even more.

Overhead view of a cherry margarita with lime wedge garnish and salted rim with second margarita in the foreground and mason jar of simple syrup in the background

This is the way summer should be. Cherry Margaritas on Fridays. Preferably because you have the day off and you’re sitting on the beach. But after work will suffice, too. 

Happy Cocktail Friday and happy weekend!

What will you be sipping on this weekend?

If you like this cherry lime margarita, you may also love my recipe for Cherry Rum and Coke! If you want to put those fresh cherries in a dessert, try my Cherry Clafoutis. I also really want to try this Cherry Sorbet from Chef not Required!

5 from 3 votes
Cherry Lime Margarita
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Simple Syrup Chill Time
1 hr
Total Time
25 mins
 

Cherry and lime are the perfect fruity flavor combination... Add tequila and blend to enjoy a refreshing frosty summer drink!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cherry Drink Recipes, Fresh Cherry Cocktails, Summer Cocktails
Servings: 2 margaritas
Author: Sues
Ingredients
  • Salt for rim optional
  • 2 Tbsp simple syrup, plus more for glass rims (recipe below)
  • 1 1/2 cupa pitted cherries (about 30 cherries)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 oz. tequila
  • 2 oz. triple sec or cointreau
  • 2 cups ice
Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. On a small plate, spread salt. Using a small pastry brush, brush simple syrup around rim of glass. Place the moistened rim of the glass in salt to coat. Set aside.

  2. Combine pitted cherries, freshly squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, tequila, and triple sec in a blender and top with ice. Blend on high until completely smooth.
  3. Serve in the two salt-rimmed glasses.
Simple Sugar
  1. Combine water and sugar in a medium-sized saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil.
  2. Lower heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes, until syrup thickens.
  3. Remove syrup to jar or bowl and let cool to room temperature. Store in airtight container in the fridge.

 

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16 Responses to "Cherry Lime Margarita"

  1. Malia @ Small Town Girl says:

    These sound outstanding!! Pinned!

  2. Carol at Wild Goose Mama says:

    You have me hooked. What a fab margarita. I love margaritas!!!!!

  3. Annie @ The Garlic Diaries says:

    Such a perfect summer drink!! Love the flavors in this. Yum!

  4. Katalina @ Peas & Peonies says:

    This is the drink that I want to have in my hand all summer long!! Perfection! Have never tried a cherry margarita, but I already know that it would be love at first sip.

  5. Tandy | Lavender and Lime says:

    I would have made a huge point of paying the bill and not tipping too much, or pouring the water over him. Lovely cocktail for summer 🙂

  6. Joanne says:

    That would drive me CRAZY!! That guy needs to wake up and realize it’s 2015 and that gender roles are on the outs. I have a feeling the.boy and I would love this cherry margarita EQUALLY. As it should be.

  7. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    I think I would have bitten my tongue in two through that. The only thing that would have held me back was knowing I could make this drink when I got home. I could have stayed quiet for this. It looks SO good.

  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    These margaritas look gorgeous, Sues! I love the cherry and lime combo. Sounds so refreshing for this heat wave we’re having in my area!

  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    A girly drink? I want to punch that idiot in the face. How about ‘a delicious drink that both men and women like’? AH! Anyway, this certainly looks like a delicious drink that I (and my dude) would LOVE! Such a delicious flavour!

  10. Vineetha @ Mint and Mimosas says:

    How refreshing! Cherry limeade meets alcohol, sounds good to me!

  11. Pam says:

    It looks beautiful and so refreshing! YUM.

  12. Nicole says:

    I love the sound of this drink. Making it asap! At first, I thought you said he was the “sexiest” waiter ever and then I was like, WAIT, this guy sounds like a dud, ha! He is the wrong business, because what kind of waiter second-guesses someone’s ordering choices? Yikes.

  13. annie@ciaochowbambina says:

    Such a beautiful cocktail…one, both my hubby and I would love!

  14. Culinary Flavors says:

    This is a perfect summer drink! I would love to have a glass of two under the summer night sky!

  15. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

    This marg looks so good and I only wish I could sip on one right now.

  16. Mir says:

    That sounds like one of the most inept waiter ever. He either talks that way to everyone or he was seriously reading you wrong. Either way, ick.
    This margarita is the opposite of ick. It’s fantastic!

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