Are you all ready for another cocktail? I am, especially when honey badgers are involved.
This cocktail is inspired by In a Badger Way and sponsored by Kensington! Sarah is a fan of the series and honestly, I’m also rather charmed by the MacKilligan honey badger shifter sisters. Though this is still a romance, the Honey Badger series has more of a focus on the three sisters: Charlie, Max, and Stevie. That sisterly bond carries the trio through some dangerous and, at times, wacky situations. While In a Badger Way has a lovely, panda bear shifter hero, I want this drink to focus on Stevie, given that these books are more heroine-focused.
Stevie is the youngest sister and a hybrid: honey badger and Siberian tiger. She’s also the sweetest, often conflicted about her fond feelings for their rather shitty father. For me, a night out with my close girlfriends usually means margaritas. It’s a great group drink and incredibly customizable for all tastes. I wouldn’t be surprised if the MacKilligans have gotten rowdy over a few margs before.
I also wanted to balance Stevie’s geniality with her fearsome shifter form. When she shifts, due to increasing stress or anxiety, she becomes this bonkers amalgamation of a honey badger and a tiger that is over twenty feet in length. I wouldn’t want to come across that in a dark alley, or anywhere else either. This margarita has a touch of heat to get the blood pumping and instead of using simple syrup (sugar and water), I chose honey as my syrup sweetener.
The name: DGAF. It stands for “don’t give a fuck” because hey, Stevie is still part honey badgers. And honey badgers don’t care.
Triple sec or orange liqueur
3 oz. tequila
2 oz triple sec
2 oz. spicy honey syrup
- First, make the syrup. Combine 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan with 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper. Simmer. Stir occasionally until honey is fully incorporated. Pour into a container and leave in the fridge to cool.
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
- Shake it!
- Strain into a glass over ice.
Modifications and notes:
- You’re welcome to salt (or sugar) your rim as you please.
- I’m a wimp when it comes to spicy things, so I only used 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne. Bump the cayenne up to 1/2 teaspoon, if you’d rather have a spicier margarita.
- Want it really spicy? Garnish with a jalapeño or use the juice on the rim to get the salt to stick.
- You can use any orange liqueur you prefer, but triple sec is often the easiest and cheapest for me to get.
Once again, thanks to Kensington and In a Badger Way for sponsoring this cocktail.