Fresh Honey Margaritas

Fresh honey margaritas

Since I shared my favorite recipe for homemade salsa earlier this week, it only seems appropriate to talk about margaritas today.  Because we all know that they go hand in hand.  Like peanut butter and jelly.  Or really, peanut butter and chocolate in my mind.  Or like cookies and milk.  Ah yes, one of my favorite combinations.

But I need to stop getting sidetracked.  Salsa and chips with homemade fresh honey margaritas.  Now that is definitely a happy hour match made in heaven that will help put even the worst of weeks behind you.

Fresh honey margaritas

Now these margaritas do take a little bit of advance planning, but it’s definitely worth it.  That way, when you really need a drink after a long work week, it will be all ready to go.  These margaritas are made with freshly squeezed lime and lemon juice, which is first steeped in zest.  It’s sweetened with an easy honey simple syrup, which takes them up a notch from your average margarita.  These definitely aren’t weak … but I think we could all use a good drink sometimes.

Fresh Honey Margaritas

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Fresh Honey Margaritas

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 4 teaspoons lime zest
  • 4 teaspoons lemon zest
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 4 to 6 limes)
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1 cup triple sec
  • ice cubes, for serving

Instructions

  1. Begin by making a simple syrup. Add the water and honey to a small saucepan. Set over medium heat and stir occasionally, until the honey has completely dissolved into the water. Remove from the heat and set aside. Let the syrup cool completely before proceeding. You can make this in advance and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. In a medium bowl or a large liquid measuring cup, add the honey simple syrup, lime and lemon zest, lime and lemon juice and salt. Mix to combine then cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or up to 24 hours.
  3. Strain the juice mixture into a pitcher (and discard the zest). Add the tequila and triple sec to the pitcher and stir to combine.
  4. Use salt or sugar to rim the serving glasses if desired. Fill each glass with some ice cubes. Pour the margarita mixture over the ice and serve immediately.
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Source:
Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Mexican Favorites.

 

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Comments

  1. Wow this is a cool idea :) yummy.

  2. Honey in margaritas – I have to try that! Maybe, even this weekend!

  3. I have never had a margarita that used honey. It sounds wonderful! The honey flavor mixed with the smokiness of tequila is a great combination. I will mix up some honey simple syrup tonight so that it is ready for the weekend. :) Thanks, Ashley!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says:

      Exactly – it pairs so well! Yes, you must have margaritas this weekend!

  4. Ooooh!!! I love the idea of honey in margaritas! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo! Look so refreshing, I can drink one right now! :)

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says:

      Thanks Anne : ) It adds just a little something different which I like!

  5. Ashley I am LOVING all of these “homemade” recipes of store-bought goodies! The salsa looks pefect, and I love the idea of a honey margarita. Definitely going to keep this for a hot summer day :D

    ~Enjoy your weekend!

  6. These sound awesome! Margs with your salsa and chips?! Heaven.

  7. I really like that you used a honey simple syrup! I’ve still got to try making a simple syrup, but I didn’t really want to use white sugar. Nice to know you can use honey. This drink looks so refreshing, I want one NOW.

  8. This looks so refreshing! Margaritas are my favorite thing about Cinco de Mayo.

  9. These margaritas sound wonderful! I totally would enjoy sipping one of these while sunbathing by the pool!!! Ahhh…so relaxing!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says:

      Sipping one by the pool would be amazing …. now if only it was summer!

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