It is a known fact. Like most liquors, Tequila is an acquired taste. Who hasn’t experienced doing shots of the extract made from blue agave plant? Doing tequila shots is practically a weekend party ritual and to some degree a right of passage. But who hasn’t endured the Psyche-up one has to do as a prerequisite in order to imbibe in this potent elixir? Okay, here we go…1…2…3! DRINK! Sound familiar? But doing shots shouldn’t have to be an exercise in enduring the unpalatable. That’s why I created the Tequila Soaked Cherry Bombs to turn the drudgery of doing tequila shots into a very pleasant and dare I say, delicious drinking experience.
- Tequila Reserva 1800 Silver
- Pitted Cherries
- Cherry Simple Syrup (if you don’t want to make your own, you can purchase the syrup here)
- Shot Glasses
Okay. There is going to be a bit of prep work involved here. Hey, the good stuff often takes preparation to pull off. You do you want the good stuff, dontcha?
Make 2 cups of cherry simple syrup. That’s 2/2 okay? 2 cups of water and 2 cups of granulated sugar, and a dozen (12) pitted cherries. Make a simple syrup with cherries. The thing to remember about making simple syrups is easy, equal parts water and sugar. In a sauce pot add 2 cups of water and add 2 cups of granulated sugar over medium heat. The mixture will appear cloudy at first but worry not because as you keep stirring the sugar will dissolve and become the sugar infused water will become crystal clear.
Voilà! You’ve made a basic simple syrup. However, we’re not done yet. Next, take 6 (or more) ripe cherries and pit them (psst this means to remove the pits (seed) from the cherry. This can be done even if you don’t have a cherry pitter. Yes, there is such a tool. Using a sharp knife slit the cherry and remove the pit. Easy peasy. Now you got to squeeze the cherry juice into the simple syrup. You can accomplish this in many ways, but I used a garlic press, and it worked perfectly. You can also use a mortar and pestle, OR you can just slice the cherries in half and drop them into the simple syrup and use a fork to smash them up. Then once all the cherry juice has leeched out and turned the simple syrup cherry red, and the flavor meets your high standards just strain out the bits of fruit. I recommend using a flour shifter for this highly complicated task. If this is too much work, I recommend purchasing some 100% pure cherry juice like this one or this one. Now, divide your cherry simple syrup into separate glasses or measuring cups. 1 cup you can chill in the fridge until it is, well, chilled. The other cup you will use to steep the pitted cherries in.
Now onto the next step. We’re going to steep (soak) pitted cherries in cherry simple syrup and tequila. Put pitted cherries (if you’re going to use more than the 1 cup of cherry simple syrup, you will have to make more cherry simple syrup) in a medium size bowl and pour in the simple syrup. The cherries should be completely submerged in the simple syrup. Let those babies soak. I mean let the spa treatment begin. I suggest preparing ’em the day before and allowing them to soak up all that sweet cherry simple syrup goodness.
Now, are you ready? I am using 2-ounce shot glasses. So pour 1.5 ounces of Tequila Reserva 1800 Silver in the shot glass, add 0.1 (1/2) ounce of cherry simple syrup. The cherry simple syrup cherry replaces the bitter lime slice and horrid salt.
However, if you still desire the licking salt from the web of your thumb ritual who am I to deny you?
Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.