Summertime is a dream for this foodie.  All the fresh fruits and veggies in season just can’t be beat.  Right about now I’m enjoying the bounty so much that I keep wondering how we ever survive fall and winter.  (Then I remember chili, soups, and pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin, and I feel a little better…)  Of all the summer fruits, cherries are forever my favorite.  I buy at least one bag and maybe more every week, and we plow right through them.  Most of the time we eat them straight but this summer I’ve been making more of an effort to cook and bake with them.  And also, make drinks with them.  This particular cocktail actually helps achieve two of my summer goals at once – to do more with cherries, and to make more flavored margaritas.  It’s no surprise that the combination two of my favorites – cherries and margaritas – was a big winner with me.  The only drawback to the recipe as it is written is that it only serves one.  I never make drinks for just myself.  The version below is as written, to serve one, but if you want to multiply it just make it in a pitcher with a lid to strain out the cherries and ice cubes.  Be sure to try them before cherry season fades away!


  • 12 fresh sweet cherries, pitted
  • 2½ tbsp. tequila
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1½ tbsp. (or more) simple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. maraschino cherry liqueur (or maraschino juice)
  • 1 fresh cherry with stem, for garnish


  • 01

    Put the cherries in a cocktail shaker.  Mash them with a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon until well crushed, about 1 minute.  Add the tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and 8 large ice cubes.  Cover the shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.  Immediately strain into an ice-filled glass.  Garnish with the fresh cherry.

  • These look wonderful and refreshing. Love the vibrant colors!

  • My husband and I saw Bobby Flay make these over the weekend, so it’s been on our list to make! They look delicious.

  • this looks refreshing…:)

  • I usually go for the classic margarita on the rocks, but this cherry version looks too good to pass up! Like you, I absolutely adore cherries, and this is a fun way to use them.

  • Awesome sounding drink! Yum!

  • I would have never thought to put cherries in a margarita but it sounds amazing. I could go for one right now. It’s 5:00 somewhere!

  • This looks so good and refreshing! Lime and cherry sounds like a perfect drink combination. I just picked up a ton of cherries because they were on sale this week. I know what I’m having after dinner tonight!

  • This is fun. I don’t buy tequila, but I could make one heck of a cherry martini with my beloved vodka.

  • What a delicious drink! Such a great color too. I have some cherries and I’ve been wondering what to do with them…this just might be it :)

  • Wow, these look so refreshing and tasty! I love cherries too and think a cherry margarita would be great. I’d love to try it with Ranier cherries!

  • Amy

    These looks fabulous! I’m going to make them this weekend for a girl’s night with my mom!

  • No one will judge me if I make this and drink it for breakfast, right?

  • Perfection in a glass!

  • Pam

    I love cherries and margaritas too and made these last year as soon as they came out in Fine Cooking. I had to go out and buy a cherry pitter just for this recipe. They are sooooo good!

  • I love it! It’s like cherry limeades for grownups. YUM!

  • This is SO festive – I love it! Sounds even more amazing in these HOT temperatures we have been having!

  • Lindsay

    Funny, I’m sitting here trying to figure out what fun cocktail to bring to my going away party with my work next week, and you happen to post this recipe! I absolutely love cherries and margaritas so I can only imagine I will looove this drink! Thanks for another great recipe.

  • Mama B

    I just made spicy tart cherry sauce today (recipe on my blog) and I bet this would be amazing with their delicate, prickly heat and slight tartness. I need some tequila!

  • This looks incredible. I am going to make them tomorrow.

  • I love this idea! I didn’t have any tequila in the house, but I had rum and fresh mint growing in the garden so I took your idea and made fresh cherry mojitos! They are so good! Thanks for the idea!

  • Amen sister.

  • these look so so yummy. I love the color. everything on your site looks amazing.

  • Alicia

    I was going grocery shopping today after work anyhow so I decided to add the ingredients for these to my list. Oh goodness these were so so good! I also got the ingredients to make the blackberry thyme margaritas but these were so good I kind of just want to make these again.

  • Cherries are about my favorite fruit….close race between those, watermelon, and figs… in any case I bet I’ll be wanting a cherry-rita before this day is over. I definitely hope it’s in the cards!

  • Funny, I wouldn’t have thought about cherries for margaritas either but it does make perfectly good sense. This would rock as a prelude to my cherry sauced smoked pork ribs.

  • Wow these margaritas looks so fresh and fabulous!!

  • Jordan B

    I am making a pitcher of this margarita for game night tonight!! Can’t wait!