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Rosemary Cherry Crush with Tequila, Cherry Preserves, Rosemary and Lime

Rosemary Cherry Crush with Tequila, Cherry Preserves, Rosemary and Lime

by Barbara Kiebel on March 1, 2013

One fun and unexpected benefit from crafting a cocktail each week has been the discovery of how versatile tequila is. I say with some confidence that before I started Friday Cocktails  I only thought of tequila cocktails as either a margarita or a shot. Period.I’m so grateful for expanding my tequila horizons; this Rosemary Cherry Crush cocktail is SO delicious…I really have come a long way baby!

I’ve mixed tequila with sparkling wine, coffee and hot chocolate and loved all of them but for this cocktail today it’s added to a muddled mix of rosemary, lime and cherry preserves which is topped with some spicy ginger beer. Yes, I did say cherry preserves. Preserves are a wonderful and simple way to add some fruit to your cocktails and there’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple, right? Plus you can make this cocktail without regard to seasonal produce; I did not want to wait until May!  I LOVE seasonal fruits in my adult beverages but I also love serving this drink over the holidays when there is nary a cherry in sight.

Reposado

I was provided with a bottle of Partida Tequila which is available as an Anego, Blanco or Reposado Tequila. Not only did I receive a sample box of all three but also a full bottle of he Reposado, my personal favorite. Smoother than the Anejo and sweeter than the Blanco, it was really easy to drink. Maybe I just have a prejudice for Reposado but this is both a nice sipping tequila and a great mixer. A nice slow heat when sipped, it added the perfect touch to this beautiful cocktail.

Blue agave (Agave tequiliana Weber) is actually a member of the lily family, even though it looks like it must be related to the cactus. It’s grown in certain parts of Mexico and the plants—which can grow up to 15 feet tall—take 8 – 12 years to mature before they’re ripe for harvesting for tequila. To be considered a premium tequila like Partida, it must be made from 100% Blue Agave. Partida is also one of the few tequilas that qualifies as “estate grown” which means that the company owns all the land that their agave is grown on, best to assure both quality and consistency. I’ve received a fair number of tequila samples and I can honestly say this is one of my favorites.

rosemary-cherry-smash

Sweet and tart with warmth from the tequila and spice from the ginger beer, this was one terrific cocktail; I can’t wait to serve it to guests. After the week I’ve had, tonight there was no just taking a few sips, nope. I drank  the whole thing, it was far too good not to.

Rosemary Cherry Crush

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: One cocktail

Rosemary Cherry Crush

Ingredients

  • 2 heaping tsps cherry preserves
  • Rosemary leaves from one 3-4 inch stem
  • ½ oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1¾ oz Partida Reposado Tequila
  • Ginger beer
  • Rosemary sprigs for garnish

Preparation

  1. Muddle the cherry preserves, rosemary and lime juice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the tequila and 1 cup of ice and shake until the mixture is ice cold; approximately 20 times.
  3. Fill a highball glass with ice and strain the mixture into the glass.
  4. Finish off with ginger beer and garnish with a rosemary sprig.
http://www.creative-culinary.com/rosemary-cherry-crush/

I received a bottle of Partida Tequila to review however all commentary is my own.

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1 Jennifer June 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and just had to pin it. I hope you’ll share your best post of the week on my Friday Flash Blog Linky Party going on ALL weekend at The Jenny Evolution.

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2 Creative Culinary June 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Thanks Jennifer I’ll come check it out!

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3 Sheila June 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I just tried this today and it’s delightful. Mine turned out a much paler shade of pink but the flavors are divine. Thank you for the recipe!

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4 Creative Culinary June 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm

I imagine different preserves might result in different shades but it’s the end result that counts…so glad you tried it because I just love it and glad you did too!

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5 Paula March 4, 2013 at 8:54 am

Preserves and spices and beer and tequila! Everything certainly came together to make this one enticing looking cocktail. Glad to hear you drank the entire thing, after the week you had. Hugs and hope that your up for meeting the week ahead with all you’ve got.

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6 Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen March 3, 2013 at 11:40 am

Just beautiful…
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7 marry March 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm
8 Priscilla | ShesCookin March 1, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I first tried Partida at a local Newport Beach restaurant, SOL Cocina, that offers a huge selection of premium tequilas – it is excellent choice for this lovely cocktail! Add ginger beer, one of my favorite mixers, and cherry preserves and I’m loving this cocktail! Bring on the partida – I still have a tiny bottle we were given. Yay!
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9 Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos March 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm

First of all – I love love LOVE Partida Tequila and this cocktail – oh my heavens I need to try it. The photos just pop off the screen.
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10 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen March 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm

You certainly HAVE come a long way, baby! I am absolutely loving this. Loved the teaser beforehand as well via Twitter. Something to look forward to! “Friday Cocktails with B” has become a part of my lifestyle now. Dig it! And, another Reposado Tequila to try! Thanks again for another swell cocktail concoction, my friend. Pinning! xo

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11 Tanya March 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

Looks refreshing! I would have to substitute out the rosemary because of an allergy but I think it would still be good.
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12 Nancy@acommunaltable March 1, 2013 at 9:30 am

I have to admit Barb, I’ve never though of using preserves in a cocktail either but “duh” it makes sense!!! This one sounds very refreshing and I love finding new cocktails to make with tequila – definitely going to have to look for that brand when I need more tequila (which, with our recent hot spell might be sooner than later!)
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13 john@kitchenriffs March 1, 2013 at 8:57 am

Fun drink! Preserves in cocktails is a fun idea! Really interesting combo of flavor – I’ll bet this tastes wonderful! And who can resist that red color? Good stuff – thanks.
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14 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective March 1, 2013 at 8:38 am

Well TGIF! Can’t wait for 5pm. :)

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15 Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats March 1, 2013 at 6:32 am

This is beautiful! And what an incredible combination..ginger beer, rosemary, tequila..some of my favorite things! :) Can’t wait to try this one!
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16 Creative Culinary March 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I thought it sounded great and would look pretty; nothing I love more than having that be true!

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17 Karen Harris March 1, 2013 at 5:59 am

What a beautiful, refreshing looking cocktail for this Friday. I am on my way over.
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