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Smoky Lime Margarita

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Smoking the simple syrup and the salt for the rim of the glass takes a classic lime margarita to the next level. You can also smoke your tequila if you feel like experimenting further (and you should).

Be sure to listen to the episode for more great ideas using a smoking saucer.

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook time: n/a

Yield: 1 drink


  • 1 oz Orange liqueur like Cointreau or Triple Sec

  • 1 oz Tequila

  • 1/2 oz smoked simple syrup

  • 1 oz lime juice, fresh

  • smoked salt to rim the glass


  1. Make a simple syrup with equal parts water and honey (start with warm water and stir until honey is dissolved). Allow to cool in a small mason jar. Add smoke using your smoking saucer, top with a lid and set aside for at least 10 mins, or more if you have time to do this in advance.

  2. Smoke salt by putting about 1/4 cup course salt (we used Himalayan pink salt) into a small mason jar. Smoke using your smoking saucer, top with a lid and set aside for at least 10 mins, or longer if you remember to do this in advance.

  3. Juice your lime and keep the peel.

  4. Salt the rim of your glass by first pouring salt on a small plate. Then rub the lime peel along the edge of the glass and dip that rim into the salt.

  5. Mix your drink by adding spirit, liqueur, lime juice and syrup to a cocktail shaker (or jar with a lid), add ice and shake. Strain into your glass. Enjoy!

Zhuzh it up!

  • We enjoyed this smoky margarita with a smoked fresh salsa and chips. See that recipe below!

  • Smoke can also be used to add flavour to a non-alcoholic mocktail - give that a try if you don't want the alcohol.


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