Spicy Honey Margarita

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.

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