This margarita was seriously one of the best margaritas I have had ever. I know that sounds like a bold statement, but y’all. This was seriously delicious and the flavors were so on point that I’m sitting here wanting another one as I type this now!
The honey-lime simple syrup really added a lot more than I thought possible, and gave it the most incredible sweetness without being cloying at all. The trick is to make the simple syrup first, then add it to the cocktail.
And not just any honey! Make sure you get the best kind you can (and when I say best, I mean local (if possible)). I used this Wildflower Honey from California. Not local to me obviously, but it was purchased through UC Davis, and there are a lot of honey makers out in California! This one was sent to me as a “thank you” from Best Food Facts for attending the first trip of #TASTE15. (I did two posts on it so make sure you check out both!) I was so excited to get this honey because we had spent a portion of this incredible trip learning all about honey!
There are so many things to know about honey, it’s actually surprising! Did you know that there is no such thing as GMO-free honey? The reason for that is that the bee farmers would have to know what every farmer in a multi-mile radius was using (or not using) on their farm, and this is logistically impossible.
Did you also know that for honey to be “wildflower” or “clover” it doesn’t actually have to be 100% that type of honey? It just has to be mostly that type of honey, so the majority of the honey is that particular kind, but that doesn’t mean it’s pure “wildflower” or “clover” etc. Isn’t that interesting? For more “Honey Myths” check out this article from Best Food Facts giving a recap from the honey expert we met!
While we were at UC Davis, we learned about the Honey Wheel, which was created at UC Davis to identify the different flavors of honey. You can purchase it here for $10. I’ll admit that I was a bit nervous about trying 6 different types of honey. I was quite sure that I would have no idea what the difference was and it would be totally over my head. It turned out to be the exact opposite! You can absolutely tell the different flavors of honey apart and I even had a few favorites (wildflower was one!)!
To learn seven more interesting “sweet facts” about honey, check out this article from Best Food Facts! If you have any questions about honey, feel free to leave a comment or write me an email at orderinthekitchenblog [at] gmail [dot] com! I will reach out to our friends at Best Food Facts and get connected with an expert who can help us out!
Now onto the recipe! This margarita is tangy and tart with the perfect touch of sweetness from the honey. As I said before, making the honey-lime simple syrup is a total must! I think it gave it the perfect balance of flavor!I decided to make a grapefruit version of a traditional margarita, because I knew that the flavors of honey and lime would balance perfectly with it and we wouldn’t have to use any sour mix, which is usually full of processed stuff and cloyingly sweet in my opinion.
My favorite kind of margarita is one on the rocks with LOTS of salt on the rim. Using Kosher Salt really was the best way to go, as it’s a bit coarser than your run of the mill salt (get it? ha moving along…) All you have to do to get that great rim of salt, is take a lime slice and cut a small slice in the inside, and run it around the rim to get the juice all around, evenly dispersed. Then put salt on a plate and rim the glass! SO simple. (Just remember to do this before you pour the cocktail in the glass!)
Just LOOK at all that salt… yes please!
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- ½ cup honey
- 1 cup lime juice (about 7 limes)
- 2 oz. silver tequila
- 2 oz. grapefruit juice
- 1 oz. lime juice
- 1 oz. orange liquer (triple sec or cointreau)
- Splash of Honey-Lime Simple Syrup* (recipe above)
- lime wedge for garnish and kosher salt for rim
- Warm the honey in a bowl in the microwave (about 30 seconds) then whisk in the lime juice.
- Let cool, then place in a sealed container (like a mason jar) in the refrigerator.
- Rim the glass you intend to use
- Combine all liquid ingredients in a shaker and add ice.
- Shake vigorously, then strain into your pre-rimmed glass.