Tart Cherry Frozen Margaritas

A classic lime margarita with a twist.

Story time. One of my favorite memories back in Peoria was going out with Kristin to visit Jalapenos – this laid back Mexican restaurant that had daily specials on giant pitchers of margaritas. Every Thursday, in between tamales and tacos, we’d sip away at our giant 32 oz drinks and have the time of our lives in the raggedy little town we used to call home.

And I miss those moments. So I decided to recreate them.

While a classic lime margarita is hard to beat – this recipe takes things a step further, adding in my favorite fruit of all time, the deliciously cheek stinging sourness of Montmorency tart cherries. The result is a refreshing cherry lime tartness that’s balanced by the sweetness of agave and simple syrup and rounded out by the bold bite of tequila. You can hear summertime calling with each sip – no matter the season.

Don’t forget to pair it with your favorite tex-mex meals or recipes!

Time You Need

  • ~5-10 minutes
  • Yields: Maybe 3-4 margaritas?

What You Need

  • 2 shots of triple sec
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 can of sprite zero or 1.5 cups of club soda
  • ~ 1 tbsp agave
  • 1 ½  cups of silver or blanco tequila of choice
  • 5 tbsp. lime juice unsweetened
  • ~2 cups of ice
  • ~2 cups of frozen Montmorency tart cherries, with not added sugar
  • *Fresh limes cut into wedges
  • *Coarse salt for glass rim


What You Do

  • Add ingredients one at a time into a blender. Pulse until smooth.
  • Serve on a salted rim and enjoy.
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