No need for triple sec here—the honey does all the sweetening for you. And with that sugary coating out of the picture, your tongue gets a full tour of what we're really here for: tequila and lime. (If you still miss that orange note, add a splash of orange bitters to finish!)
For my thoughts on a good margarita tequila, refer to this Blood Orange Margarita recipe.
Before you begin, you'll need to make a honey syrup. Add equal parts Bees Knees and water to a pot and whisk over low heat until you have one smooth liquid.
This recipe makes one drink, but the 1-2-3 ratio remains the same for a group. Just grab a pitcher and a calculator and you'll have an instant party!
1 oz lime juice, fresh squeezed
2 oz Bees Knees Spicy Honey syrup
3 oz tequila
1/2 cup ice
Kosher salt and lime wedge for garnish
Add the lime juice, honey syrup, tequila, and a generous amount of ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. If you don't have a cocktail shaker, use two large glasses and pour back and forth until both glasses are cold.
Run the lime wedge around the rim of a glass. Pour kosher salt onto a plate and swirl the glass rim around the plate.
Pour margarita into the glass and enjoy!
A note about batching: Skip the ice and shaker. Stir everything in a pitcher and set up a make-your-own station with a bowl of ice and a bottle of cold seltzer water. Why seltzer? Because cocktail shakers actually serve two purposes: chilling a drink and opening up the liquor by distributing a small amount of water. So encourage everyone to add a tiny splash of seltzer to their drink.