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

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
 
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Serves: One cocktail
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.

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



Comments

  1. Sheila says

    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!

    • Creative Culinary says

      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!

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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!
    Priscilla | ShesCookin Most Recent Post: TAPS Wins in Three Categories

  4. says

    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

  5. says

    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!)
    Nancy@acommunaltable Most Recent Post: Cider braised Cabbage and Sausage

    • Creative Culinary says

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

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