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Fresh Cherry Margarita


Serves one.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 105

Muddled sweet cherries add a burst of bright color to the classic Mexican cocktail. Look for agave nectar at the supermarket near the honey and maple syrup.

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  • 12 fresh sweet cherries, pitted
  • 1-1/4 fl. oz. (2-1/2 Tbs.) tequila, preferably blanco 100% agave
  • 1 fl. oz. (2 Tbs.) fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 fl. oz. (1-1/2 Tbs.) agave nectar, preferably dark
  • 1/2 fl. oz. (1 Tbs.) maraschino liqueur
  • 1 fresh sweet cherry with stem, for garnish

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

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 270, Fat (kcal): 0, Fat Calories (g): 0, Saturated Fat (g): 0, Protein (g): 1, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0, Carbohydrates (mg): 46, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 0, Sodium (g): 0, Cholesterol (g): 0, Fiber (g): 0,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Too sweet at proportions in recipe. Agree with previous reviewer about increasing the tequila and decreasing the agave. Definitely use a blanco tequila. Very, very yummy! I like to leave in some of the smashed up cherries.

Much too sweet for our taste. Great idea, but I would increase the tequila to 2 oz. and decrease the agave syrup by at least 1/4 oz. for a more traditional tasting margarita. If you love the sweet ones at restaurants, leave it just as is.

I had just purchased a pound of fresh cherries at a festival and could not wait to try this. I could not find the maraschino liquer to save my soul, so I substituted Pomegranate liquor. I used key lime juice and was able to find the Agave Nectar at Trader Joe's. Since I was making this for 4 people, I did not have the fortitude to muddle all those cherries by hand. I just popped everything into the blender, and then added a few ice cubes to make a semi-frozen one. I served them in Margarita glasses rimmed with vanilla sugar. They were so refreshing! Not too tart or too sweet. It also yielded 8 servings instead of 4, which was an added bonus!

I had to mail order the maraschino liqueur, and I had to wait until the first cherries came to the store, but now that I am sipping my cocktail while I am writing this review, I am so happy! Not too sweet and not too boozy...just right.

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