Cherry limeade margaritas are both sweet and tart, thanks to homemade cherry-and-lime flavored juice. They have a stronger lime flavor than classic margaritas.
Some fellow bloggers and I are celebrating Margarita Weekend with our favorite margarita recipes! Bonus: National Margarita Day is February 22, so you have time to browse the recipes, and make one for yourself to celebrate.
I’ve previously made a frozen cherry margarita, but decided this time, I’d make one on the rocks. I used black cherry juice and fresh limes to make a homemade cherry limeade before mixing the juice with tequila and triple sec. And with its beautiful ruby red hue, it’s also perfect for Valentine’s Day!
I found the cherry juice at my local supermarket, in the same aisle as the cranberry and grape juices. They also had tart cherry juice, which would also work in this recipe. Just look for an unsweetened cherry juice.
Next, the limes. To get the most juice out of your limes, firmly roll the lime on a hard surface, like your kitchen counter, a few times before slicing open and juicing. If you’ll be doubling the recipe to make a larger batch, it might be beneficial to your hands to invest in a citrus juicer.
The cherry limeade is very tart, so I don’t recommend drinking it on its own without cutting it with some lemon-lime soda. Even my son, who LOVES tart flavors, made a pucker face.
A single batch of this cherry limeade can be made the same day you plan to serve these margaritas, since the syrup will cool quickly. Or, it can be made up to a day ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
As written, the recipes makes a fairly strong margarita. Feel free to decrease (or increase, I won’t judge) the tequila to suit your taste.
If you want an even stronger lime flavor, zest half of a lime. After the sugar syrup comes to a boil and you remove it from the heat, mix the zest into the syrup. The lime flavor will steep into the syrup.
For the cherry limeade
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup lime juice (approximately 3 limes)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cherry juice
For the margaritas
- 6 oz tequila
- 2 oz triple sec
- In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and let the syrup cool.
- Once the syrup is cool, stir in the lime juice and cherry juice.
- Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- To make the margaritas, pour the cherry limeade, tequila and triple sec in a pitcher and gently stir.
- If desired, rim 4 rocks glasses with a lime wedge, then coat with kosher salt. Fill the glasses with ice, then divide the margaritas between the glasses.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 (5-oz) drink
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 29mg Carbohydrates: 27g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 26g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
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