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The Speckled Palate
April 28, 2017

Cherry Lemonade Margaritas

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Cool down with Cherry Lemonade Margaritas! These tart and slightly sweet cocktails pair beautifully with tacos for Taco Tuesday and make the perfect cocktail for a Cinco de Mayo party… or for any warm weather gathering! Makes 2 drinks.

Two margaritas are served with napkins

Whenever it heats up outside, I find myself craving lemonade. Mint Lemonade. Spiked Blueberry Lemonade. Paleo-friendly Honey Lemonade. Strawberry Lemonade. Mixed Berry Minty Lemonade

If it’s got lemony goodness and isn’t too sweet, chances are I wanna get my hands on it

So today, I’ve combined one of my favorite drinks with a favorite Cinco de Mayo sipper: the margarita. 

I’ve teamed up with my friends Madison, Meghan and Susannah to bring y’all FOUR different margaritas for Cinco de Mayo! Just in case one variation wasn’t enough. 😉

More margarita goodness: Chili Lime Margarita / Prickly Pear Margarita / Strawberry Basil MargaritasCantaloupe Mint Margarita

A woman holds a Cherry Lemonade Margarita in the palm of her hand

What do I need to make these Cherry Lemonade Margaritas?

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Close up of the lemon sugar on the rim of a margarita

How do I make this homemade margarita?

Make the Lemon Sugar

Zest the lemon, then place in a small bowl with the sugar. Stir together.

Take the lemon wedge, and run along the lip of the cups you’ll be serving the margaritas in.

Close up of two Cherry Lemonade Margaritas, served with lemon sugar rims and straws

Make the Margaritas

Using a citrus juicer, juice 3-4 small lemons for their juice. Pour into the base of the blender.

Add the frozen cherries, orange liqueur, silver tequila and agave nectar to the blender. Blend until smooth.

Pour into the prepared glasses, and enjoy immediately!

Overhead image of cherry margaritas, shown on napkins and with lemon slices

Frequently asked questions about this summer margarita recipe

How do these margaritas get their color?

The frozen cherries!

I have fresh cherries, not frozen. Will those work?

They certainly will. The margaritas won’t be slushy if you use fresh cherries, but they’ll still taste delightful.

If using fresh cherries, make sure to pit them before blending.

Can I make these margs in a larger batch?

You absolutely can! These margaritas can easily be turned into a pitcher drink.

I suggest doubling or tripling the recipe and checking your math. 🙂 

Squeeze the lemons in advance, and chill the juice in the fridge for a day or two in advance.

Just before guests arrive, blend the ingredients together so your margaritas will still be ice cold!

One lemonade margarita is shown, close up, with a lemon half and a cherry

What is the inspiration behind this recipe?

Honestly, it was making a margarita that didn’t taste like a margarita.

I KNOW. I AM RIDICULOUS.

My idea was for it to taste lemony and cherry-y without being overwhelmingly tequila-heavy. And while you can taste the tequila in this margarita, it isn’t too much in my opinion.

While this certainly isn’t a classic or a traditional margarita, it’s a fun twist, and it’s something you can drink all spring and summer long.

The color alone suggests it would be deliciously decadent to make a batch for Independence Day. Or any other day/holiday when you want to serve a bright red drink that has no added food coloring.

A woman holds a Cherry Lemonade Margarita in her hand with Pinterest text

What are some recipes that would pair nicely with these unique margaritas?

These margaritas are perfect for the summertime, so they’d pair well with anything that can be served outdoors.

Scroll on down to see how to make these beauts…

Cherry Lemonade Margaritas
Yield: 2 margaritas

Cherry Lemonade Margaritas

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Cool down this month with Cherry Lemonade Margaritas! These tart and slightly sweet cocktails pair beautifully with tacos for Taco Tuesday and make the perfect cocktail for a Cinco de Mayo party. Brilliantly red, these margaritas would also be a standout recipe for a red, white and blue get-together. Made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, cherries, silver tequila and agave, Cherry Lemonade Margaritas are the perfect drink to sip all summer long!

Ingredients

Margaritas

  • 7 oz. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 ½ cups cherries, frozen
  • 4 oz. silver tequila
  • 1 oz. orange liqueur
  • 1 oz. agave nectar

Lemon Sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Lemon wedge

Instructions

Make the Lemon Sugar

  1. Zest the lemon, then place in a small bowl with the sugar. 
  2. Stir the sugar and lemon together until combined, and set aside.
  3. Take the lemon wedge, and run along the lip of the cups you’ll be serving the margaritas in.

Make the Margaritas

  1. Using a citrus juicer, juice 3-4 small lemons to have the freshly squeezed 7 oz. of lemon juice. (This may take more or less lemons, depending on the size and juiciness.)
  2. Once the lemons have been juiced, pour the juice into the base of a blender.
  3. Add the frozen cherries, orange liqueur, silver tequila and agave nectar to the blender.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Pour into the prepared glasses, and enjoy immediately!

Notes

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if serving a crowd.

Easy Entertaining Tip: If making for a party, I suggest juicing the lemons in advance and storing in a glass jar in the refrigerator until it's time to blend the margaritas. That way, you won't be shackled to the juicer when you want to be socializing with your friends.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 353 Sodium: 3mg Carbohydrates: 51g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 42g Protein: 1g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

How do you feel about lemonade?

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13 Comments

  1. Meghan @ Cake 'n Knife

    I love that you mashed together cherry lemonade and a margarita! This is such a brilliant idea and I am literally drooling over that intense color. Simply stunning!

    • Erin

      Thank you, friend! You can’t go wrong with this combination. I meaaaaaaaaan.. cherries and lemonade together with tequila? Spot on!

  2. Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

    ERIN OMG. That lemon sugar. I am DYINGGG.

    • Erin

      It totally elevates the marg! Enjoy, Mad!

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