The Honey Vanilla Margarita adds a hint of – you guessed it – honey and vanilla to your traditional margarita flavors. I came up with this one after receiving a sample bottle of Casa Noble Crystal white tequila. This was actually my first experience with that particular brand. It had a distinctive taste which drove my development of this recipe.
The flavor of white tequila is hard to describe. Basically, it tastes like a vegetable with hints of citrus and sweetness. In Casa Noble Crystal, the vegetable taste is emphasized, the citrus notes aren’t so noticeable, and there’s a hint of bitterness. I figured it could hold its own in a sweet margarita recipe, so that’s what I created.
The honey-vanilla flavor in this one is subtle. It comes from Licor 43, a Spanish liqueur that tastes like honey and vanilla with citrus. In this recipe, the citrus gets somewhat lost in the lime juice and orange liqueur. If you want a stronger vanilla flavor, you can just use more Licor 43 and/or change the ratios of other ingredients. Just don’t go overboard with the lime – half an ounce is all it can take. More, and lime overwhelms all the other flavors so the drink just tastes like a traditional margarita. You could actually leave the lime out, in which case it’s my opinion that the drink would cease to be a “real margarita”, but it certainly would taste great.
Another ingredient that I personally consider crucial is Patron Citronge. Triple Sec has a bright, intense orange flavor. Patron’s orange flavor is more delicate and sweet, and that’s you need to work with the subtle vanilla flavor.
This is the first margarita recipe I’ve created – there are so many margarita recipes out there, it can be intimidating to try to come up with something new – but I’m already thinking about another I might do.
Honey Vanilla Margarita Recipe
- 1 1/2 ounces Casa Noble Crystal
- 1 ounce Licor 43
- 1/2 ounce Patron Citronge
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
Put a few ice cubes in a shaker, pour in all ingredients and shake until it’s chilled. Rim a margarita glass with salt and strain the mixture into it. Garnish with a lime wheel, and serve.