Last week Yum and I found ourselves enjoying pizza, cocktails, and the Argentina vs. Mexico soccer game. The pizza was a little too soft for our liking, but both the game and the cocktails went above and beyond our expectations. I had spent the day thinking about cherries and was delighted to see one of the seasonal specialty cocktails was a cherry margarita! Cherries muddled with tequila and lime juice served on the rocks with a lime zest salted rim sounded like heaven. It was slightly disappointing when the finished drink was made with a pureed cherry syrup rather than muddled cherries, but it was still cool, refreshing, and delicious. The lime zest really added a tasty zing to the salted rim, and if you love tequila you will definitely delight in this cocktail. Give this drink a whirl when you get bored with the regular old lemon-lime margs. To get the recipe,
Cherry Margarita 
Modified from Patron 
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1/2 cup cherries pitted and mashed or 2 oz Fresh cherry puree
1 oz Simple syrup
1 oz Fresh lime juice
3/4 oz cointreau
1 1/2 oz tequila
Lime wedge for garnish
Combine all ingredients into an ice filled mixing tin. Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
- Combine the zest of one lime with several teaspoons of rock salt.
- Rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass. Dip into the zest salt mixture.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- In a cocktail shaker mash the cherries with the simple syrup and lime juice. Add the other ingredients and shake to combine. If using the puree shake to combine.
- Pour into prepared glass and and garnish with a lime wedge.