The honey lemon margarita is a delightful twist (of lemon) on the classic margarita. This easy margarita recipe is beautifully bright and fragrant with notes of sweet, floral honey and zesty lemon. It's like sunshine in a glass, making lemon margaritas the perfect brunch beverage as we transition from Spring to Summer.
You may have never thought you needed a honey lemon margarita recipe in your life until today. I sure didn't until I was at home one rainy weekend and was looking for a little something to brighten the day. I didn't have the common margarita ingredients of agave and lime juice on hand, but I did have honey and lemon juice, so decided to give it a go. The flavor combination didn't stray too far from a traditional margarita, but I found the taste to be a little lighter and crisp. Plus, I just loved the ombre of yellow peaking through the glass.
Just pair this recipe with a book and some peach salsa to brighten any rainy day. But it's great for sunny days too, of course 🙂
To make a lemon margarita, not much equipment is needed at all!
Cocktail Shaker: Many cocktail recipes call for a cocktail shaker, and the margarita is no different. A cocktail shaker is essential for making many cocktails at home. I use a cocktail shaker similar to this one that allows liquid to be strained from the lid. There are many beautiful and affordable cocktail shakers and home bar starter kits available on the market today, that it is easy to find one that fits your home's aesthetics and will be a joy to use for years to come
Citrus Peeler: If you want to step your margarita presentation game up a notch and make citrus peel garnishes, you will want to grab a citrus peeler such as this one.
Cocktail Glasses: You can serve up margaritas in an everyday drinking glass or in a traditional margarita glass. I love this set of 4 margarita glasses from Amazon. Every glass has a different color rim, so the chances of mixing up your drink with one of your friend's is minimized. Plus, it makes for a fun gift!
- Tequila: The best tequila for margaritas is tequila blanco, aka silver tequila (unaged with a light flavor), Tequila Joven (a mix of aged tequila and unaged tequila) or Tequila Reposado (aged up to a year with a bolder flavor). Today, I used Hornitos Tequila Reposado since it is what I had on hand, but the best tequila for this recipe would be silver tequila for the lightest flavor.
- Cointreau or Orange Liquor: An orange flavored liquor that is used in the original margaritas recipe, as well as many other cocktails. It's great to include in any home bar. I even put it into my cilantro lime rice.
- Lemon and Lemon Juice: If you want to add a lemon peel garnish like in the photos shown, be sure to pick up a lemon. Now, whether you want to use fresh lemon juice or bottled lemon juice in the margaritas that's up to you. I use bottled lemon juice and the margaritas turn out just wonderful.
- Honey: Honey will be used to sweeten the margaritas. Alternative sweeteners that can be used is a simple syrup or agave.
- Kosher Salt: In most liquor stores you can find "margarita salt" in those wide containers, perfect for dipping your glass into. But honestly, you are paying a premium for a little amount of kosher salt when you buy one of those. For the same price of a 6 oz container of "margarita salt" you can buy an entire pound of coarse kosher salt for the same effect. Just pour some salt onto a small plate, and just like that, we have "margarita salt"!
See recipe card for quantities.
How to Make Lemon Margaritas
- To add salt to the rim of the glasses, pour some salt on a small plate.
- Run a lemon wedge around the top of the glass rim. Dip the top of the glass rim into the salt. Fill the glass with crushed ice.
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes. Add the tequila, orange liquor, lemon juice and honey. Place the lid on the cocktail shaker and shake for around 20 seconds. The cocktail shaker will become very cold as it chills the margarita mixture.
- Pour and strain the margarita mixture into the prepped margarita glasses. Add a lemon peel twist garnish or lemon wedge if desired. Cheers!
How to Make a Frozen Margarita Variation
I love me a frozen margarita! Any margarita recipe can easily be turned into a frozen margarita. Pull out a powerful blender and throw in 3 cups of ice along with all the margarita ingredients listed above. Blend until the desired consistency is reached.
How to Make Lemon Margaritas for a Crowd
If you plan to have some friends over, and don't want to play bartender, making up a pitcher of margaritas is a great option. To make a pitcher of lemon margaritas for 6 - 8 guests to drink 2 - 3 margaritas each, add 2 cups of tequila, 1 cup of orange liquor, 2 ½ cups of lime juice, and 1 cup of simple syrup to a pitcher. Lightly stir the ingredients to mix and then place the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill. Do not fill the pitcher with ice to avoid the margaritas from becoming watered down.
Lemon Margaritas Recipe
- Cocktail Shaker
- Drinking Glasses
- 2 ounces Tequila
- 1 ounce Cointreau or Orange Liquor
- 1-2 ounces Lemon Juice
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- Lemon Wedges optional
- Course Kosher Salt optional
- Prep the Glasses: If you are adding salt to the rim of the glasses, pour some salt on a small plate. Run a lemon wedge around the top of the glass rim. Dip the top of the glass rim into the salt. Fill the glass with crushed ice.
- Mix the Margaritas: Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes. Add the tequila, orange liquor, lemon juice and honey. Place the lid on the cocktail shaker and shake for around 20 seconds. The cocktail shaker will become very cold as it chills the margarita mixture.
- Pour and Enjoy: Pour and strain the margarita mixture into the glasses. Add a lemon peel twist garnish or lemon wedge if desired. Cheers!
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