It’s no secret that I’ve been kind of a lush when it comes to margaritas, or most mixed drinks (or craft beer) in general. But these cherry margaritas? They’ll blow your mind. Even my best girlfriend, who had sworn she didn’t like margaritas, changed her tune after trying one of these. And, now whenever she comes to visit – I’d better make sure I have some cherries on hand. Not that I don’t have them on hand this time of year anyway… But, I always manage to squeeze some manual labor out of her and make her muddle.

The muddling of the cherries brings out all their sweet juicy goodness, a splash of maraschino cherry juice to replace the dab of simple syrup, then mix it with a basic margarita mix and you’re all set. Be ready to receive plenty of compliments on your mixology! I’m making a gallon-sized jug to take to a campout/party on “The Sandbar” this weekend. It’s this little stretch of beach at the inlet to ocean, only accessible by boat of course. It’s the local spot for fun in the sun, and you can bring your dog – which is a huge plus for us.

This is the second annual campout now, and quite a few old friends are going. While we get out for an occasional dinner without the boys – I’m ready to get my dancing shoes on. Or, off actually, as we’ll be dancing in the sand. Fun stuff. I have a feeling that with these margaritas to share, I’ll make a few new friends too! Have a great weekend, everyone!


  1. Posted August 10, 2012 at 7:54 AM | Permalink

    Looks amazing! I love cherries and a good margarita. Happy Friday!

  2. Posted August 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM | Permalink

    Ok YUM – cherries are one of my favorite fruits! These sound positively amazing!

  3. Posted August 11, 2012 at 9:50 AM | Permalink

    The campout sounds like so much fun! And these look fantastic! I’ve had trouble in the past with cherry drinks tasting like cough syrup so I’m excited to try this version!

  4. Carol Lawhorne
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 2:50 PM | Permalink

    fake margaritas are great, instead of tequila, use agave nectar, pear juice, …instead of orange liquere, a little orange juice, and lemon juice with or without the margarita mix……test drive to your taste….yum

  5. mike w
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM | Permalink

    Great recipe. I used Margarita Texas Mix and it came out awesome. LOVE LOVE LOVE marashino cherries.

  6. Patty
    Posted July 11, 2015 at 8:36 PM | Permalink

    I couldn’t bear to throw out the cherry meat, so I just whipped it all up in the blender. Delicious!

  7. VB
    Posted April 21, 2016 at 10:55 AM | Permalink

    If like to make this in a gallon size container for a tailgate. What are the portions for that size? Would I quadruple the recipe?

    • Posted April 21, 2016 at 4:24 PM | Permalink

      That’s a good place to start I think. Just mix it to your taste! That sounds like my kinda tailgate party – have fun! 🙂

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