Tequila Smash Cocktail

Not just for margaritas, tequila is combined with blueberries and maraschino cherries for this Tequila Smash Cocktail.

Bourbon Peach Smash Cocktails garnished with blueberries and lime wheels.

This is a very special Happy Hour Friday. A sweet friend I’ve met on Twitter is getting married this Saturday and I’m part of a large group that wanted to celebrate with Nelly (Cooking With Books), even if only in a virtual sense. My contribution to this virtual fest is this Tequila Smash Cocktail.

I remember seeing Nelly’s tweet,  ‘And…I said YESSSSS!” and it was exactly as I suspected. A ring was proffered, a request of the most sincerity was made and our Nelly said YES to her beloved “M” as she affectionately calls Brian Murray, her fiancé and soon to be husband.

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Nelly and I connected by way of goat. That’s right…goat. Although we had tweeted a bit before, it was during the Goaterie challenge I helped put together this past year that we saw each other in the hallway more often; we chatted up a bit and got to know each other better.

I knew she had a fellow in Martha’s Vineyard and was dying to get back to the US to be with him. Now, she will be; forever and ever. Nelly and Brian are getting married on Saturday in Martha’s Vineyard and the food blogosphere is all ‘atwitter’ with excitement!

I thought it important that I find a cocktail that seemed appropriate to the occasion. Oh, I’m sure they’ll have a special bridal toast (they could try my friend Lora’s Negroni Sbagliato with Prosecco!) but if there were a big reception and we were there more than virtually, this is the cocktail I would make.

Tequila Smash Cocktail

Nelly comes to us from the Dominican Republic and brings some of that spice with her, so I wanted something with some oomph. I had just finished making some jars of Luxardo infused cherries, my version of Maraschino cherries, for gifts and wanted to use some of them. It seemed prophetic that I had also just received a fantastic bottle of Tanteo Tequila with a couple of small bottles of Tanteo Infused Tequilas.

One was their Tropical Infusion; how perfect was that? I found what I think is also the perfect recipe from a bartender at The Gramercy Tavern in New York City. Combining tequila with blueberries, cherries, lime juice and Luxardo, it’s fruity and pretty but with a real bite. Don’t let that pretty pink color fool you; this is not a girly girl drink at all!

Tequila Smash Cocktail

Wishing Brian and Nelly a wonderful day and a lifetime of love. Hugs and Kisses to both of you and of course, Cheers!

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Tequila Smash Cocktails garnished with blueberries and lime wheels.

Tequila Smash – A Tequila Cocktail and Homemade Maraschino Cherries

An unexpected blend of tequila, fresh fruit and maraschino cherries.
4.50 from 50 or more votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Cocktails, Friday Cocktails, Tequila
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Cocktails
Calories 207 kcal


  • 8 blueberries
  • 8 maraschino cherries See notes for making Luxardo maraschino cherries
  • 4 ounces Tequila
  • 1 ounce Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice


  • Lime wheel, cherries, and blueberries


  • Muddle the cherries and blueberries in the bottom of a shaker.
  • Add the tequila, maraschino and lime juice to the cup, fill with ice and shake several times. Pour the contents of the shaker into two rocks or martini glasses, ice and all, and serve with a lime wheel speared between a cherry and a blueberry.


To make Luxardo maraschino cherries, I used a large jar of sour cherries in light sugar syrup. I drained the syrup and rinsed with cold water and drained them well on paper towels. I’ve made them in the summer using fresh sour cherries but I like to gift them for the holidays and have found that the ones that are canned work just fine too.
I packed them loosely in 8 oz Ball jars and then covered them with Luxardo liqueur and let the jars sit for several days.  Store in the refrigerator; they will keep for several weeks.


Nutrition Facts
Tequila Smash – A Tequila Cocktail and Homemade Maraschino Cherries
Serving Size
1 Cocktail
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword cocktail, maraschino cherries, smash, tequila
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    1. Thanks so much Aggie; after almost 2 years of gimping around with a leg injury I feel like the time that I can now afford standing is starting to help me style and take photos I can actually be proud of; your comment means a lot…I’m hoping that time, more experience and yes,the basic ability to be able to stand and get the work done is starting to show some results I’m no longer ashamed of. Finally.

  1. Congratulations to the newly married couple! 😉

    Gorgeous looking cocktail, Barb! I feel like I could literally reach out and grab that drink from the computer screen…tasty images. Good stuff in this drink!

    1. Thanks Cristina…I loved the cocktail. It was most definitely a ‘one drink’ one for me. It’s pretty face belied it’s potent punch!

  2. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to Brian and Nelly’s big day. I think I may adopt this cocktail for an “anytime” celebration, such “Yay, it’s Friday!” Wonderful, Barb.

    1. There is simply no comparison. The flavor, the texture, all are improved. I even think the color; I much prefer the less artificial burgundy look compared to that bright, fake red. Easy too!

  3. A cocktail perfect for a wedding between two great people. Love this recipe, Barb. And happy birthday to a wondeful woman!! I hope it’s everything you wanted and more.

    1. Was fun to make something for them…to think outside the ‘glass of champagne’ box. And thank you…what a sweet comment. I had a very nice day, thanks.

  4. Wow this is gorgeous. I never would have thought to make my own maraschino cherries but it looks so easy, and I’m sure tastes 1000x better than the store bought ones. This sounds like the perfect drink for Nelly and her new hubby to celebrate with.

    1. It is so easy and they always have been a hugely popular gift too. So good they really make those artificial ones pale by comparison and make the look, well, artificial!

  5. Like I said earlier, you really have to do a book of your fabulous cocktails! This is a beautiful one and perfect for the future husband and wife. Love that you made your own maraschino cherries and that you participated in this virtual bridal shower.

    1. I thought it was young and vibrant and with a lot of heat…seems perfect for a bride and groom, right Paula?

      The cherries are yummy…even just on vanilla ice cream.

  6. It only keeps for several weeks if I don’t drink it all first! 😉 I never buy the maraschino cherries in the store because of all that fake stuff in them. Will have to make some of my own and try this, though, because it sounds fabulous!

  7. Amazing concoction! I definitely prefer your version of maraschino cherries, although pro bbl best not to give them to my kids 🙂 Gorgeous cocktail and so happy to celebrate Nelly’s Big Day with you!!

  8. Oh my goodness. These look amazing. I don’t know if my husband would go for the drink, but it sounds so good to me! I pinned this because I HAVE to make those cherries. Heck, I’ve already made your coffee liqueur and cranberry liqueur, might as well do the cherries, too!

    1. Yes you must…so easy and great in anything you would typically use a maraschino for. I use them from Manhattan’s to Shirley Temples…all good!

    1. Now that I’m used to them, the commercial color is garish too…but these are so good. I’ve done fresh ones in the summer but am always happy with the ease of these. I got a huge jar of them at the local HMart for $5; I like them better than the canned one.

  9. “Once you try these you will never go back…promise!”??? I will never go back anyway, but wow love your cherry recipe. I’ll get JP to do it. And that drink is gorgeous! And mmmm love the fruity flavor!

    1. And we’ll be dealing with a tipsy you for sure. Thanks Lora…if you knew how rushed I was to get them done to get to an event, well, thanks, makes it all worthwhile.

    1. So easy…finding the Luxardo is not always but there are other brands of Maraschino liqueur…this is just the one I’ve always used. I just love the name; the way it rolls off the tongue. Crazy but true.

  10. Sweet, sweet, sweet! All of it. So happy for Nelly and Brian. Love not only the cocktail you prepared but the thought put into it (noted your Tweet running out for 6 blueberries to make it perfect). Also ‘ditto’ on the Luxardo cherries. The list of offenders is lenghty in store bought Maraschino cherries certainly but the taste of the homemade cherries cannot be beat.

    1. Yeah…once I saw what I thought the perfect cocktail with ingredients I wanted to use, I HAD to. I give friends a jar of these cherries each year in their gift baskets…it’s the one thing I best not forget either!

  11. These photos are outstanding Barb! I love the Nelly story, I met her myself about a month ago and she has so much energy, it’s hard to keep up with her. I am so happy for her and for all of the lovely support she is receiving today for her Virtual Shower 🙂 This one is printed!

  12. A lovely post – and I’m dying to make these cherries. I have been having trouble finding the cherries but learned I can order them through Amazon, of all places…

    1. I know some only make them in the summer when they can use fresh cherries and cook and can them on their own but the truth is, sour cherries are not that prolific here and these have worked for me just fine for years. Unless I eat the whole jar; that might be trouble.

    1. All for you sweetie; hope tomorrow is a wonderful day. Try to relax and enjoy and drink of of these if necessary to help. 🙂

  13. Thanks for joining the virtual party and for all the suggestions and support, Barbara! Great fun exchanging mails and chatting over with each other.
    And what gorgeous cocktail to bring to the shower! Absolutely divine combo..wish the party is for real and I could sip out the drink out of that tall sexy glasses 🙂
    Love and hugs. Will cherish the moments forever.

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