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: MARGARITAS! And more specifically, naturally sweet margaritas. 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!
So: why naturally sweet margaritas? Well, number one: somehow Alex and I don’t have a classic margarita recipe 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 these naturally sweet margaritas to be my perfect blend of tart and sweet, and finished them off with a few drops of orange bitters. If you’re looking to make these naturally sweet margaritas vegan, 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.
This recipe is…
These naturally sweet margaritas are vegetarian, gluten-free, and naturally sweet. For vegan, use maple syrup.
These naturally sweet margaritas are sweetened with a honey simple syrup! There’s no refined sugar (or lack of flavor) in this cocktail.
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
Lime for serving
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.