Fresh Cherry Margarita (and Camarena Tequila review)

CherryMargaritaFamilia Camarena sent me some tequila to review, along with a cute little cocktail tool kit. All I could think when I saw it was “Margarita time!” But all the summer fruit around made me want to get a little more creative than that. Since I couldn’t get Margaritas off my mind, I mixed up some Cherry Margaritas. I made this a little strong, since I like to taste the tequila and this is nice tequila. You can adjust the tequila and lime to your tastes.

(After the recipe, I’ll give my thoughts about Camarena Tequila.)

Cherry Margarita

12 cherries (pitted)
1 ounce light agave nectar
2 ounces silver tequila
1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice

Muddle the cherries and the agave nectar at the bottom of a shaker or mixing glass. Add the tequila and lime juice along with ice and then shake vigorously. Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice.

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Cinco de Mayo Margaritas

Lavender Margarita from Sunset Magazine

It’s almost Cinco de Mayo! If you’re looking for a unique twist on the official Cinco de Mayo cocktail, the Margarita, look no further:

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita ~ Habanero Chiles and grapefruit, together at last. This is the one to go for if you want your margaritas to have a little kick.

Margarita de Sandia ~ Watermelon Margaritas! I don’t think I need to say anything else to convince you that is a great idea.

Lavender Margarita ~ In addition to delicious and fragrant Spring lavender, this gorgeous drink also has coconut milk and raspberries.

Mango Margarita ~ If you want to feel like you’re sipping cocktails on a white-sand beach, this is the Cinco de Mayo cocktail choice for you.

Cantaloupe Margarita ~ Cantaloupe and tequila go so well together, even though this isn’t a pairing that jumps to mind. Sweet and refreshing!

Midnight Blue Margarita

Blueberries don’t actually make for a blue drink, so a little blue curacao makes this cocktail a lovely deep shade of midnight blue. A lovely wintery take on the margarita.

Midnight Blue Margarita

1.5 ounces tequila blanco
.5 ounces blue curacao
.75 ounces blueberry syrup*
.5 ounces meyer lemon juice

Shake ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, then serve in a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with blueberries speared on a cocktail toothpick.

*Blueberry syrup

.5 cups water
.5 cups sugar
.5 cups blueberries

Bring ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Let the mixture cool, then strain out blueberries.

Photo by Jackson Stakeman