Cherry Lime Margarita

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Every summer backyard party needs a signature drink and this Cherry Lime Margarita is perfect for entertaining. If you don’t know what to do with leftover cherry juice, this cocktail is a delicious option.

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A glass with red liquid and a salted rim with a cherry lime garnish on a counter.

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If you’ve never had cherry and lime together you are missing out. This maraschino cherry margarita is a fresh twist on America’s most popular cocktail.

  • Tequila – Silver tequila is best for this cocktail.
  • Lime Juice – Fresh is always best if you have it. I often use Key limes from my tree but juice from Persian limes is just as good.
  • Cherry Juice – In the spirit of no waste, use the juice from the maraschino cherry jar.
  • Kosher Salt – for rimming the glass.
  • Lime and Maraschino Cherry – for rimming the glass and as a garnish.

How do you make a cherry lime margarita?

There are a number of ways to make this cherry tequila cocktail. I am one who hates to waste. I had leftover maraschino cherry juice in my fridge and I always prefer a drink with less alcohol and more flavor so I used it.

Chances are, if you love cherries, you have a jar in your refrigerator too. If you don’t, feel free to use a cherry liqueur or cherry syrup as a substitute.

The best part about making this cocktail is you don’t need a cocktail shaker. It’s easily made in a cocktail glass.

Overhead view of a cherry lime margarita on a counter.

Is Grenadine Cherry Syrup?

For those that may not know, grenadine is not a cherry syrup. Grenadine is made from pomegranates. There are a couple of cherry syrups on the market if you’re wanting less alcohol in your drink.

Try maraschino cherry syrup or a sugar-free cherry syrup if you prefer less sugar.

Want more margarita flavors? My ultimate margarita collection has a nice variety of cocktails.

More Cherry Lime Drinks

If cherry and lime are a favorite combination, in addition to this cherry lime margarita try homemade cherry limeade or these fun cherry limeade sweet rolls.

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Cherry Lime Margarita

A sweet cherry twist on a classic margarita.
5 from 28 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Beverages and Cocktails
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 1 serving


  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces maraschino cherry juice
  • ½ tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 lime wedges one for rimming the glass
  • 1 maraschino cherry


  • Put kosher salt on a flat plate. Run a lime wedge around the cocktail glass and rin with salt.
  • Add ice to an old-fashioned glass along with the tequila, lime juice, and cherry juice. Stir to mix. Add lime and cherry as a garnish.

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  1. What a gorgeous refreshing drink for a hot afternoon! I can see where these could become a wonderful, fun habit this summer and I am looking forward to making one soon!

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