Cherry, Berry & Basil Margarita


Cherries are such a pretty fruit and of course they taste ever so good.

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.

This margarita has berries in it too which is a perfect way to use the berries I have stored in the freezer.

It never fails, I see fresh berries in the store at a great price so I buy multiple packages and have grand plans of making muffins or this or that with them, and then I run out of time.

So before they go bad I’ll put them in snack-size Ziploc bags and store them in the freezer which actually works out great for unplanned recipes.

This recipe can also be made without alcohol if preferred.  For the nonalcoholic version, just replace the tequila with a bit more grapefruit juice.

So let’s check out the ingredients.


Frozen cherries, raspberries, blackberries, sweet basil, lime, tequila, margarita salt….and….


…just a bit of…


honey to taste.  And also grapefruit juice, which was hiding in the fridge when I took these pictures.


Here’s how to make it.


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


In a blender, add the raspberries….


…and blackberries.




add the cherries…





lime juice.


Then add the basil,




and ice.





blend on the smoothie setting.


Take a quick taste test and add honey to taste.


Pour the margarita into the serving glasses, and garnish with lime and basil.


Serve right away…


…while nice and cold.



More Cocktails and Nonalcoholic Beverages with Basil:

Hibiscus, Lemongrass and Basil Honey Sweet Iced Tea by Half Baked Harvest

Basil, Raspberry Mojitos by A Spicy Perspective

Basil and Mint Lemonade by Taste and Tell Blog

Blackberry and Basil Mojito by Minimalist Baker

Roasted Blueberry and Basil Margaritas by How Sweet It Is

Basil Lemonade by Love and Olive Oil

Cherry Lime Basil Soda by In Jennie’s Kitchen

Cherry, Berry & Basil Margarita

Yield: Serves 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


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
½ 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 of sweet basil (for garnish)


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.


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2 comments on “Cherry, Berry & Basil Margarita”

  1. I love looking at your photos. Thanks for including a non alcohol variation. Will definitely try this recipe. 


    • Nancy — July 24th, 2016 @ 10:51 am

      Hi Janice, so glad you like the photos. Thank you for stopping by!


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