Honey Basil Margaritas

Honey Basil Margaritas

At the end of April, my mom and I created a summer bucket list- a list of projects and goals we wanted to complete before fall came rolling through. Initially, I was determined to tick each and every item off that list. I’d finish sewing a few quilts, piece together George’s baby photo album, and shed the remaining pregnancy pounds, among a number of other tasks that I was sure I’d finish with ease. 

I was wrong.

Had my summer bucket list included eating an entire ice cream cake by myself, binge watching every episode of “Naked and Afraid” on my DVR, or successfully maintaining a sports bra/t-shirt hybrid of a farmer’s tan, then this summer would have been crowned an all out success. Instead, my biggest success of the summer was keeping two humans alive (three, if you count my husband), and finally sleeping through the night myself without an extra kick in the pants from my good friend, melatonin.    

Honey Basil Margaritas

Honey Basil Margaritas

One silver lining of those summer nights and my struggling bucket list are the cocktails. Ohh, the cocktails.

I have honey basil margaritas to thank for a lot of my summer nights. Made with classic margarita ingredients and the added bonus of a honey simple syrup and fresh basil, these honey basil margaritas are incredibly refreshing and the perfect mix of sweet, sour, and salty. This is a cocktail made for sunset-watching on the beach, summer barbecues, or (if you’re like me) when the witching hour is strong and mama just needs a little something to take the edge off.  

Honey Basil Margaritas

The honey simple syrup is made like any other simple syrup, by boiling equal parts water and sugar (in the form of good quality clover honey) until it’s dissolved. After being chilled, the syrup is muddled with the basil before being shaken to oblivion with the lime, tequila, and orange liquor. You can store your syrup in the fridge for two weeks and I highly recommend shaking it up with some of your other favorite citrus-based cocktails (French 75, anyone?)

Honey Basil Margaritas

I’m sharing this recipe for honey basil margaritas in participation of #DRINKTHESUMMER , a virtual cocktail party being hosted by Sherrie of With Food + Love . Even though summer is short, it is always plenty generous with a bounty of produce that is worthy of celebration, so be sure to check out her post where she will be sharing the names and recipe links of the other bloggers involved. 

If you made a summer bucket list and failed to complete it, don’t fret. Just drink up what’s left of the summer and look forward to all that fall has to offer. 

To see more of #DRINKTHESUMMER , click to the host site here .



Honey Basil Margaritas

Made with fresh basil and a honey simple syrup, these honey basil margaritas are a refreshing, summery take on the Mexican classic.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1


For the honey basil margaritas

  • 3/4 ounce honey simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 4 medium sized basil leaves
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce orange liquor
  • 1 ounce lime juice

For the honey simple syrup

  • 1/2 cup good quality clover honey
  • 1/2 cup water


To prepare the margaritas

  1. In a shaker, muddle the basil leaves with the honey simple syrup. Add the remaining ingredients and fill the shaker with ice. Shake for 30-45 seconds. Pour into a salt-rimmed glass and enjoy!

To prepare the honey simple syrup

  1. Combine the honey and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stirring occasionally, bring to a boil and then remove from the heat. Allow to cool on the stove or in a heat-safe container in the fridge. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

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14 thoughts on “Honey Basil Margaritas”

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  2. I made these last night for Taco Tuesday and I LOVE this recipe! The honey creates a different flavor than regular simple syrup, and the basil adds a vibrance that only fresh herbs can. I’ve made a lot of margaritas over the years, so its nice to change things up with this version. Definitely going to be my go-to tequila drink this summer. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Love, love, love! And I’m so happy to have discovered and keep exploring your beautiful work Kate. Thanks so much for hanging with us for #DRINKTHESUMMER 2016. All my love, all the time, xx.

  8. I feel so lucky that my dear friend, Kate, shared one of these with me! It is the bees knees!! I can’t wait to make one myself!

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