I have been sitting on this margarita recipe for the last few weeks and I apologize for that. Since cherries will soon disappear from the markets and grocery stores, I needed to share this with you ASAP. Cherry has been one of my favorite flavors since my childhood. When offered any type of candy, popsicle, juice, etc. I would naturally choose the cherry flavor, but it wasn’t until this last summer that I tried an actual cherry. Mind-blowing, I know. The reason most likely being those pits and where to put them. Cherries seem to be the perfect beach or picnic snack because it tends to be a lot easier to dispose of the pits in those places.
When we got a bounty of beautiful cherries in our CSA and fish tacos were on the menu, I knew that these margaritas would be the perfect way to get our meal started. And boy was I right. Even though I don’t own a cherry pitter, these margaritas came together fairly quickly. The only thing was my hands were pretty much stained red after I pitted all of the cherries, it was well worth it. I will definitely be squeezing a few more of these in before cherries are gone for good.
For the homemade margarita mix:
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp sugar
For the margarita:
Homemade margarita mix (above)
3 oz tequila
2 oz orange liqueur
Make your simple syrup, by combining the water and sugar together in a saucepan over medium heat, warm until sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in the lime juice and pour into a blender. Pit your cherries and add them to the lime/sugar mixture. Add your tequila and orange liqueur, blend for 20-30 seconds until the cherries are no longer whole. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve into a small pitcher. Using a spoon or spatula, stir to get as much liquid out of the mixture as possible. Pour the margarita over a glass of ice.
Source: Confections of a Foodies Bride