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Cherry Berry and Basil Margaritas in glasses

Cherries are such a pretty fruit and of course they taste wonderful.

They’re in season from June through September and I can hardly resist buying them when I see them in the store.

But sometimes they can be a bit on the expensive side so, when possible, I like to use frozen cherries for certain recipes and then save the fresh cherries for the garnish.

A margarita is one of the things I like to use frozen cherries for, and also smoothies.

In this recipe, there’s a small amount of fresh basil which adds a pleasant light herb flavor.

Although this recipe is made with tequila, it would also taste great without alcohol if preferred.

For the nonalcoholic version, just replace the tequila with a bit more grapefruit juice.

Here are some nonalcoholic refreshing drinks you may like “Pink Lemonade with Pomegranate Juice“, “Peach, Lemon and Iced Tea Agua Fresca” and “Blueberry Lemonade Smoothie“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Cherry Berry and Basil Margaritas ingredients

Frozen cherries, raspberries, blackberries, grapefruit juice, sweet basil, lime, tequila, margarita salt and,

Honey in small bowl with basil leaf on plate

…just a bit of…

Drizzle honey in small bowl with basil leaf on plate

honey to taste.

Cherry Berry and Basil Margaritas in glasses

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Salt the Rim of Glasses:

Salted margarita glass rims with lime

Rub a quarter lime around the rim of the serving glasses and dip the rims in margarita salt.

Raspberries and Blackberries:

Add raspberries and boysenberries to blender pitcher

In a blender, add the raspberries…

Raspberries and blackberries in blender pitcher

…and blackberries.

Raspberries and blackberries in blender pitcher

Frozen Pitted Cherries and Lime Juice:

Add frozen cherries to blender pitcher

Add the cherries…

Add frozen cherries to blender picture

Frozen cherries, raspberries and blackberries in blender

and….

Squeeze lime juice in blender pitcher

lime juice.

Fresh Basil, Tequila and Ice:

Chopped basil on cutting board with knife

Then add the basil.

Pour tequila in blender pitcher

tequila,

Add ice to blender pitcher

and ice.

Cherry Berry and Basil Margaritas in blender

Blend:

Cherry Berry and Basil Margaritas in blender

Cherry Berry and Basil Margaritas in blender

blend on the smoothie setting.

Honey:

Add honey to Cherry Berry and Basil Margaritas in blender

Take a quick taste test and add honey to taste.

Serve:

Cherry Berry and Basil Margaritas in glasses

Pour the margarita into the serving glasses,

Cherry Berry and Basil Margaritas in glasses

…and garnish with lime and basil.

Cherry Berry and Basil Margaritas in glasses

Serve right away…

Cherry Berry and Basil Margaritas in glasses

…while it’s ice cold.

Cherry Berry and Basil Margaritas in glasses

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More Cocktails and Nonalcoholic Beverages with Basil You May Like:

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Basil and Mint Lemonade by Taste and Tell Blog

Roasted Blueberry and Basil Margaritas by How Sweet It Is

Basil Lemonade by Love and Olive Oil

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Cherry Berry and Basil Margaritas in glasses

Cherry, Berry and Basil Margarita

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1 lime, juiced (for the margarita)
  • 2 cups ice crushed or cubes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped sweet basil
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
  • 4 ounces tequila
  • 2 tablespoons honey or to taste
  • 1 lime quartered (for rimming the glasses and garnish)
  • Margarita salt (for rimming the glasses)
  • 2 small sprigs sweet basil (for garnish)

Instructions

  • Rub a quarter lime around the rim of the serving glasses and dip the rims in margarita salt. Set aside. 
  • In a blender, add the cherries, raspberries, blackberries, lime juice, ice, basil, grapefruit juice and tequila.
    Blend on the smoothie setting. Do a taste test and add honey to the desired sweetness. 
  • Pour into the serving glasses, and garnish with lime and basil. Serve right away while it's ice cold.

Notes

TIP:

For the nonalcoholic version, just replace the tequila with a bit more grapefruit juice.