Margarita Monday: Melanie’s Honey Key Lime Margarita


A few weeks back, Cinco de Mayo and its joyous convergence with Taco Tuesday inspired most of us to mix up a batch of margaritas at home. It reminded me how much I love a good margarita and since then, I’ve shaken up a serving at least once a week.  Which is a lot closer to my levels of margarita consumption while we were living in Texas for 12 years prior to moving to New Orleans in 2014. (It’s probably a good thing I don’t still scarf down as much chips and salsa, but that’s a story for another day.) My personal twists are subbing simple syrup for honey and regular lime juice for key lime. It’s a little tart, so if you prefer your margarita sweeter, add more honey. Cheers!


Melanie’s Honey Key Lime Margarita

  • 2/3 ounce key lime juice (freshly squeezed when in season, or Nellie & Joe’s Key West Lime Juice the rest of the year)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or to taste)
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • Course sea salt (optional)


If you like salt with your margarita, line rim of the glass (I use a rocks glass) with key lime juice and lightly press into course sea salt. Pour tequila (I like Espalòn Blanco) and honey (Bernard’s Acadiana Honey is what I always keep on hand) in shaker and stir until combined. Add ice and key lime juice. Shake, shake, shake, pour over ice and enjoy.


(Servings: 1 ½ to 2, depending on how much you fill the glass; Calories: Approximately 161 total for the batch)




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