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Fresh Cherry Margarita

Scott Phillips

Servings: one.

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

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 270
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 0
  • Fat (g): 0
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 0
  • Carbohydrates (g): 46
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 1


  • 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.


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Reviews (5 reviews)

  • Terri_O | 07/12/2012

    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.

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    smd1227 | 02/11/2012

    This recipe for fresh cherry margarita is not Joanne Weir's recipe. Her recipe does not call for maraschino liqueur, it calls for creme de cassis. The recipe follows:1 handful of fresh cherries, about 12, pitted1 1/2 ounce blanco 100% agave tequila1/2 ounce crme de cassis1/2 ounce agave nectar1/2 ounce water3/4 ounce lime fresh lime juiceFresh cherries as a garnishPlace the cherries in a shaker and muddle or mash them for 1 minute. Add the tequila, crme de cassis, agave nectar, water, lime juice and lots of ice cubes. Place the top on the shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Immediately strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a cherries and serve immediately.Serves 1

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