Intro: Perfect Top Shelf Honey Lemon Anejo Margarita
There's nothing better than a good margarita at the end of a long day or week, whether it be in celebration of goals accomplished, or to dull the pain of an overwhelming day. A while back at P.F. Chang's my wife and I happened to try their Anejo Buzz Margarita - it was the best margarita we had ever had! Soon after, I set out to create this tasty concoction to enjoy at home. This recipe is made of healthy ingredients! Okay, maybe not the alcohol, but everything else is good for you! With freshly squeezed lemon and honey, how can you go wrong??
I always make this for two drinks, one for me, and one to share with my wife - so cut it in half if you only want a single serving size.
Step 1: Ingredients and Tools
Let's get started making this top shelf, delicious margarita! Here's what you'll need:
- sea salt (if desired)
- Gran Marnier, Gran Gala if you're on a budget
- A good, 100% Agave Tequila, ideally Anejo, but Reposato is fine in a pinch. Personally, I like the smokey flavor of Casamigos Anejo or Hornito's Black Anejo.
- microwave (optional - to warm the honey)
- a couple cocktail glasses filled with ice
Step 2: Cut the Lemon in Half and Squeeze
Cut the lemon in half - you'll need 1.5 OZ of lemon juice, which is just about one whole lemon. Squeeze one lemon half into the shot glass, then the other half. Note if using the Zulay squeezer, be sure to place the lemon cut side down in the squeezer (see picture). This squeezer seems to stop all but the tiniest seeds from getting through, so I have stopped looking for seeds when using this juicer. If you are worried about seeds, keep an eye out while pouring the juice from the shot glass into the cocktail shaker, slow down just before the last of the lemon juice goes in and look for any seeds in the bottom of the shot glass - you can catch them there if any got through.
Step 3: Add the Orange Blossom Honey
Orange Blossom Honey adds a really nice flavor and I highly recommend it. It can be a challenge to find in stores, but luckily Amazon has some if you can't find it locally. Squeeze 1.5 OZ of honey into the shot glass. If it is warm enough the honey will flow easily when poured - if not, pop it into the microwave for 15-20 seconds (no more!) to make it a little more liquidy. The biggest challenge of making this drink is making sure the honey is dissolved before adding ice. Warming the honey in the microwave goes a long way in this effort.
Step 4: Add the Alcohol!
Add 1 OZ of Gran Marnier and 4 OZ of Tequila (say it with me 'taa-KEY-laaaa!!')
Step 5: Stir to Mix in Honey
Stir for 30 seconds or so, making sure all of the honey is off the bottom of the cocktail shaker.
Step 6: Add Ice and Shake, Shake, Shake!!
With the honey well mixed in, add ice to the top of the shaker. Some people put salt on the rim of their cocktail glasses. I like to cut to the chase and just throw some salt into the drink. A turn or two from the salt grinder into the cocktail shaker does the trick. Put on the cover and cap and shake, shake, shake!! I usually shake for 30 seconds to a full minute - if you like your drink a little stronger, don't shake as much. If you want a less powerful drink, shake it a little longer to melt more of the ice.
Step 7: Pour and Enjoy!
Grab a couple drink glasses, fill them with ice. Pull the cap off of the shaker, pour and prepare to enjoy the perfect margarita!