smocked margarita

My smoked margarita!

A great variation on the traditional margarita.

It was in 2007, that Eben Freeman of Manhattan’s Tailor revamped the Jack and Coke by infusing smoked cherry and alder wood into a house-made Coca-Cola syrup. This innovative twist quickly caught on, particularly for its theatrical presentation. However, what started as a flashy trend among a certain crowd has evolved into a more refined approach to smoked cocktails today.

This Smoky Margarita offers a sophisticated twist on the classic cocktail, featuring  smoked tequila for a unique flavor. Balanced with sour mix, Grand Marnier, and agave, it creates a harmonious blend of flavors. The addition of aquafaba provides a frothy texture, elevating the drink to another level. With its combination of reposado tequila, mezcal, lime, triple sec, and smoked simple syrup, this margarita delivers a deep and smoky experience, enhanced by a smoked salt rim and brûléed lime. Perfect for those who enjoy smoky flavors, it’s a delightful variation on the traditional margarita.

smocked margarita

A smoked margarita
for the end of winter 

30 ml lime juice (from about one lemon)
1 spoon of turbinado sugar
60 ml of Mezcal
30 ml Grand Marnier
15 ml simple syrup such as maple syrup
Add a spoon of the liqueur Dragon and Chili from Massenez, it gives just the right amount of spice and sweetness

If your Tequila is not already smoked, you can use a few drops of liquid smoke

smocked margarita


In a shaker, combine the lime juice and turbinado sugar.
Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Add the tequila, Grand Marnier, and maple syrup to the shaker.
Fill the shaker with ice and shake well to chill the mixture.
Strain the cocktail into a martini cup.
Optionally, garnish with a lime wedge or wheel.
Serve and enjoy responsibly!
This recipe should yield a single small cocktail in a martini cup.

Adjust the sweetness
by adding more or less simple syrup according to your preference.

smocked margarita

There are plenty of smocked tequilas and mezcals
Here are just a few examples:

Del Maguey’s Mezcal Vida. This mezcal is one of the most widely used in cocktails, and you’ve probably tasted it in one of your own. From the land of fuego, Mexico, this mezcal was one of the first to be introduced to the American market. It is a pillar of the Mezcal world.

La Sombra Mezcal. What better mezcal for successful cocktails. This is a mezcal with a refined smoke and a mysterious label. Its name “sombre” comes from ombre, which adds a touch of shadow to this mezcal that is perfect for fruity palates. Paradoxical, isn’t it?

And for those who want to enjoy a good drink while protecting the earth and the climate, we’ve got just what you need: Pierde Almas La Puritita Verda Mezcal.
This spirit comes from San Juan Del Rio, Mexico. The seaweed used to produce Mezcal is endangered. That’s why Pierde Almas is actively working to reforest their crops. This is an alcohol that the producer is aware must also protect nature.

Enjoy !

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