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Happy Hour: Bing Cherry Margarita

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.

  1. Combine the zest of one lime with several teaspoons of rock salt.
  2. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass. Dip into the zest salt mixture.
  3. Fill the glass with ice.
  4. 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.
  5. Pour into prepared glass and and garnish with a lime wedge.

Serves 1.

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