Honey-Lime Grapefruit Margaritas

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!  Honey-Lime Grapefruit Margarita

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.

Honey-Lime Grapefruit Margarita

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!

Honey-Lime Grapefruit Margarita

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!Honey-Lime Grapefruit Margarita

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!)!Honey-Lime Grapefruit Margarita

The Honey Wheel helps the taster determine what flavors are in the honey, which to me made it more interesting and enjoyable to taste all of the different kinds of honey!Honey-Lime Grapefruit Margarita

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!

Honey-Lime Grapefruit MargaritaNow 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!Honey-Lime Grapefruit MargaritaI 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.Honey-Lime Grapefruit Margarita

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!)

Honey-Lime Grapefruit Margarita

Just LOOK at all that salt… yes please!

Honey-Lime Grapefruit Margarita

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Honey-Lime Grapefruit Margaritas
The Elements
Honey-Lime Simple Syrup:
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 cup lime juice (about 7 limes)
Grapefruit Margaritas:
  • 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
Honey-Lime Simple Syrup:
  1. Warm the honey in a bowl in the microwave (about 30 seconds) then whisk in the lime juice.
  2. Let cool, then place in a sealed container (like a mason jar) in the refrigerator.
Grapefruit Margaritas:
  1. Rim the glass you intend to use
  2. Combine all liquid ingredients in a shaker and add ice.
  3. Shake vigorously, then strain into your pre-rimmed glass.
The Verdict
This was seriously one of the best margaritas I've had in my entire life. I cannot wait to make this again!
Disclosure: I was generously invited on this trip to Davis, CA on behalf of Best Food Facts, who sponsored this event and this post. All opinions are, as always, my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who help keep Order in the Kitchen running!


  1. Bethany says:

    I cannot wait to try this!!!! Margs on the rocks with LOTS of salt are my absolute summer fav!

  2. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    This looks like such a deliciously refreshing summer cocktail, I can totally see why it’s one of your most favorite cocktails you’ve ever had! Margaritas are my fave, so I’m going to have to try this stat!

  3. Amanda Paa says:

    i’m so glad you’re spreading the word about all the things to take into consideration when buying honey! there are a lot of imitation products out there. i only buy from local sources and trust my beekeepers. cheers to the good word with one of these margaritas!

    • Lynn Lovejoy says:

      Thanks so much Amanda! I love knowing info before I buy so just trying to put some good info about honey out there :) Love the beekeepers! Cheers to you too!

  4. Denise says:

    Big honey fan here and especially when it is the local kind. We have a friend who is raising bees and producing honey, and it is so darn good. I dream of having some hives someday – probably not while we have a HOA! Definitely going to try your recipe out as I am always on the lookout for alternatives for sugar in cocktails.

    • Lynn Lovejoy says:

      Girl I LOVE honey!! Local is the best and you can totally tell the difference!! Definitely try this recipe so you can have a sugar-less cocktail! You could use the honey simple syrup in so many different types of drinks too! Had so much fun with you guys last night :)

    • Lynn Lovejoy says:

      Thanks so much Dara! I love using natural sweetener when possible :) That honey is fabulous isn’t it?! Make some margs with it! Thanks so much for commenting! xo

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