Cherry Blossom Margarita

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Infusion: 48 hrs
Total: 48 hrs 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
260 Calories
0g Fat
25g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 260
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 19mg 95%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 109mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

People flock to catch a glimpse of cherry blossoms when in full bloom. When you mix up a batch of these cherry blossom margaritas, your friends will be just as anxious to enjoy a glass.

Fans of sake and cherry are going to love this flavor-filled margarita. But it also has a fun twist. The prickly pear tequila gives it an intriguing foundation that is a delightful surprise. It's a great contrast to the cherry syrup and complements the sake beautifully.

Though the cherry blossom is best served in a chilled glass on the rocks or straight up, you can blend it if you like. And, if the homemade infusion is a little more work than you'd like to do, there are options. You could even pour your favorite unflavored tequila for a cocktail that's equally tempting.


For the Prickly Pear-Infused Tequila:

For the Cocktail:

  • Granulated sugar, for rimming

  • 2 ounces sake

  • 1 1/2 ounces prickly pear tequila

  • 1 ounce sour mix

  • 1/2 ounce cherry syrup

  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • Cherry, for garnish

  • Lemon twist, for garnish

Steps to Make It

Make the Prickly Pear-Infused Tequila

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a wide-mouthed infusion jar, add the peeled prickly pear fruits. Fill the jar with tequila.

  3. Shake well and store in a cool, dark place for about 2 days. Test for flavor and infuse longer if needed, checking daily.

  4. Once the flavor has reached your desired intensity, strain out the fruits. Bottle the tequila, label it, and store like any other liquor.


You will need a large glass jar for the infusion. Choose one with a wide mouth and tight-sealing lid. A two-quart jar will leave more than enough space for the fruits and tequila.

Make the Cherry Blossom Margarita

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Rim a chilled margarita glass with sugar, using a lemon wedge to wet the rim.

  3. In a cocktail shaker, pour the sake, prickly pear tequila, sake, sour mix, cherry syrup, and lemon juice. Fill with ice.

  4. Shake well.

  5. Strain into the prepared glass.

  6. Garnish with a cherry and lemon twist. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Variations

  • Blend this cocktail with 1 cup of ice (about six average-sized cubes) to create a frozen margarita.
  • As an alternative to the tequila infusion, you can add the taste of prickly pear in a few different ways. One easy option is to muddle one fruit (cut up into easily mashable cubes) in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. Another is to pour about 1/2 ounce of either prickly pear juice or syrup (the syrup's easy to make). It's sometimes called "prickly pear cactus" or "desert pear."
  • Pour a cherry liqueur instead of syrup. It might even be easier to find. (Contrary to popular misconception, grenadine is supposed to pomegranate, not cherry, flavored.)

How Strong Is a Cherry Blossom Margarita?

This recipe is on the lighter side of shaken margaritas because it's filled with nonalcoholic mixers. Its alcohol content should fall in the 15 percent ABV (30 proof) range, making it similar to a glass of wine.

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