Yield: 1 serving


12 fresh sweet cherries, pitted
2½ tbsp. tequila
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1½ tbsp. (or more) simple syrup
1 tbsp. maraschino cherry liqueur (or maraschino juice)
1 fresh cherry with stem, for garnish

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    Put the cherries in a cocktail shaker.  Mash them with a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon until well crushed, about 1 minute.  Add the tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and 8 large ice cubes.  Cover the shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.  Immediately strain into an ice-filled glass.  Garnish with the fresh cherry.