Cherry Beergaritas

On my trip last week, I made a list of summer goals! I have not had a summer without classes in almost 4 hours and I decided I better start giving myself some things to work on before I waste the whole summer playing in the sun (okay, to be honest, that would not be so bad either).

Anyways, I shall post my summer list here so that I can slowly cross it off with that handy little font tool that wordpress has!

Summer Goals

1. Learn to like Mushrooms

2. Make homemade marscapone and ricotta cheese

3. Pickle my own grown cucumbers

4. Take some time to do a little yoga everyday

5. Try new cocktails


6. Make my first recipe zine

7. Get my Etsy shop up and running

8. Make Homemade dog biscuits for Tuko

9. Go camping at Turkey Run and Hoosier National Forest

10. Eat Vegan once a week (I think I will be making it every Wednesday)

Okay, that is enough of a list. I also have ‘decorate my new house’ on my list but that is going to have to happen regardless of whether I make it a goal so I’ll leave that off.

Back to number 5. I have already starting trying so many new cocktails this summer and absolutely love the learning experience that comes with seeing what mixes so well with what. I’ve also learned that I am not really an Old Fashioned kind of gal but do love me a Dark and Stormy. However, there is one super easy cocktail that I have already revisited about half a dozens times this summer…the good ol’ Beergarita. Beergaritas taste a lot like margaritas but the soda gives them an extra frizz similar to what you get when you drink a mimosa. The recipe I use is a revamped one that turns the traditional beergarita into a Cherry version that is so satisfying when sitting on your porch and soaking up the sun.

  • 1 – 12 ounces corona
  • 12 ounces of tequila
  • half a tube of limeade concentrate (should in a frozen tube in the freezer section)
  • 12 ounces of Cherry Sprite
  • Ice
  • Maraschino Cherries, for garnish
  • a splash of maraschino cherry juice, for color

Pour the corona into a pitcher. Use the empty corona bottle to measure out the same amount for the tequila and sprite. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Serve over ice to all your friends!

And perhaps with some guacamole or corn salsa (you’ll probably need these snacks after the tequila sneaks up on you!).



  • Dennise
    May 17, 2012

    a recipe zine? what a rad idea! love all these goals, sounds like you have a great summer ahead of ya! and a cherry beergarita is exactly what my summer needs, can’t wait to try this! xo

  • Stacey
    May 17, 2012

    Do you deliver? I need one. NOW!

  • emmycooks
    May 18, 2012

    I love your summer goals! I should make my own list, how fun. And my own beergarita. 🙂

  • Gabby @ the veggie nook
    May 18, 2012

    Your blog is so beautiful!

    Love your summer goals, I think I’ll make a list too! I love lists, especially crossing things off 🙂

  • Angela
    May 18, 2012

    i was a bit skeptical of this whole idea (i’ve become a bit of a crotchety old curmudgeon in the three years since i’ve graduated, and as a result can be a bit of a purist when it comes to beer), but i think you’ve swayed me. sounds like something i would have gone crazy for in college (i have clear memories of sprucing up some sangria with pbr at a horserace once? the memories from a few hours later being considerably less clear?) and i’m in the habit of trying to channel that side of me more frequently, as she was considerably more likable!

    /random biographical details from a stranger. as for point 2, have you gotten around to the ricotta-making yet?! it’s insanely easy. this is my go-to recipe and it has yet to let me down:

    • shellywest
      May 20, 2012

      Hey Angela!

      I have not made ricotta yet! Looks like I’ll be using this recipe now : ]

      Also, glad I swayed you with the beergaritas. It was a concept that I was very uncertain of as well until I gave it a try!

  • Julie
    May 21, 2012

    Great list, Shelly. Thanks for checking out my blog–I love yours! I might steal this idea for a summer to-do list; I especially like the idea of a recipe zine. Take care, Julie

  • Luv What You Do
    May 22, 2012

    Looks like a fun summer list with plenty of time to enjoy teh sun as well!
    Your cocktail looks perfect for a warm summer day!

  • Lisa M.
    May 25, 2012

    This looks amazing…and perfect for Memorial Day weekened!!!

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  • thismanskitchen
    June 2, 2012

    Looks like a terrific cocktail (and I write a weekly cocktail column)! Have you tried making fresh limeade/your own version of cherry Sprite? Could be more refreshing/less processed sugar that way.

    Best of luck with the mushrooms; learning to like them is one of my summer goals, too.

    • shellywest
      June 4, 2012

      I have not but those sound like great ideas! For sure making the limeade from scratch…would be so much less processed.

      Thanks for the idea!

      Good luck with your mushroom endeavor as well! I had grilled kabobs this weekend with some portabella ‘shrooms on them. Pretty good marinated in dressing!

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