Simple Margarita Recipe

This simple margarita recipe is sweetened with a honey simple syrup. There’s no refined sugar—or lack of flavor—in this tasty cocktail!

Naturally Sweet Simple Margarita Recipe | A Couple Cooks

Since we started A Couple Cooks, Alex and I have loved to use natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup in our recipes. In fact, our most famous drink, this naturally sweet whiskey sour, is sweetened with honey. It’s also got one of our best photographs of all time, so make sure to head to that post to see it. (Hint: it took hours of dropping ice cubes to achieve!) But today, we’re not talking about whiskey drinks, we’re talking about something much more important: our new Naturally Sweet Simple Margarita Recipe!

Naturally Sweet Simple Margarita Recipe | A Couple Cooks

A simple margarita recipe

Why this simple margarita recipe? Because it’s Margarita Week! Our friend Kate Ramos of the website ¡HOLA! JALAPEÑO (who we recently got to meet in person in LA!) has organized a group of bloggers to post different margarita-themed recipes for the entire week. Head to this Margarita Week page to see all the recipes! And keep reading the backstory of our simple margarita recipe.

Why natural sweet margaritas?

So: why naturally sweet margaritas? Well, number one: somehow Alex and I don’t have a classic margarita recipe posted here on A Couple Cooks! Why this is important: the margarita is my favorite drink. I LOVE tart flavors and the sweet tart of the margarita is just about perfect for me. Number two: as I mentioned, Alex and I are not fans of super sugary drinks. So our perfect margaritas are naturally sweet margaritas, with just enough sugar to compliment the tartness of the lime.

Alex developed this naturally sweet simple margarita recipe to be my perfect blend of tart and sweet. The margaritas are finished off with a few drops of orange bitters. If you’re looking to make these vegan naturally sweet margaritas, you can use maple syrup to make the simple syrup instead of honey. They’re perfect with a big dish of artichoke quinoa vegetarian enchiladas for a Cinco de Mayo menu!

Happy Margarita Week! Thank you to Kate for organizing this event, and head to the page to see all the other margarita recipes, from cocktails to desserts.

Naturally Sweet Simple Margarita Recipe | A Couple Cooks

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This simple margarita recipe is vegetarian,  gluten-free, and naturally sweet (no refined sugar). For vegan, use maple syrup.

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Simple Margarita Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 drinks
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

This simple margarita recipe is sweetened with a honey simple syrup. There’s no refined sugar—or lack of flavor—in this tasty cocktail!


Ingredients

  • 4 ounces tequila reposado
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice (2 limes or 4 tablespoons)
  • 1 1/2 ounces honey simple syrup (2 tablespoons honey)
  • Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon
  • Orange bitters
  • Lime for serving

Instructions

To make honey simple syrup, combine 2 tablespoons honey with 2 tablespoons warm water and stir until combined. (If you’re making multiple drinks, multiply the amount accordingly. The syrup can be stored several weeks in refrigerator.)

In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, lime juice, and honey simple syrup. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until fully chilled. Pour into salt rimmed glasses and add 3 dashes orange bitters to each glass. Garnish with lime.

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.

1 Comment

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    sabrina
    May 6, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    thank you for this version, I’ve been looking for some alternative sweeteners for margaritas and here it is, I don’t like sweet cocktails anyway, but even better without any refined sugar (it seems like I’m more prone to headaches with sugar-fied cocktails) so much appreciated

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