Can Margarita Mondays be a thing? Is there a petition somewhere I can sign?
I have a doozy for you today. Aside from peaches, cherries are the fruit that I await most eagerly throughout the cold and miserable winter months. There's a magical few weeks around this time where they are cheaper than grapes! And we go through them faster than you can say "George Washington."
When you cook with cherries, you definitely have to work for them - pitting, stemming, chopping, etc. So reward yourself for all your hard work with tequila!
adapted from Fine Cooking, via Annie's Eats
- 14 oz stemmed and pitted fresh cherries (about 2 1/4 cups, or about 50 cherries)
- 2/3 cup tequila
- 1/3 cup orange liqueur
- 1/4 cup simple syrup*, plus more as needed
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a pitcher. Taste and add more simple syrup if it's still too tart, adding 1 tablespoon at a time.
Serve over ice.
*To make simple syrup, heat 1 cup sugar with 1 cup of water over medium heat, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature before using.