Recipe | The Smoky Margarita

This smoky margarita recipe was concocted using our Margarita Benchmark method, this margarita is sweet, sour and oh so smoky.

If you are a fan of BBQ’s, log fires or a Lapsang Souchong Tea – this is the one. The smoky margarita has a deep, long flavour that we enjoy very much.

For this recipe we use mezcal rather than tequila. This choice is controversial to some mezcal aficionados who believe that mezcal should only be sipped and savoured. But we believe that if it tastes good, enjoy it however that might be.

Mezcal is known for its smokier flavour, and this cocktail is a good way to get into the lesser known Mexican agave spirit.

We enjoy drinking this at parties, soirees and shindigs. It’s a good winter drink if you want to be wrapped up in a blanket and slippers and embracing that hot wood fire feeling, except it’s in a drink.

The Smoky Margarita (serves 1)


50ml – Mezcal (we used Illegal Mezcal)

25ml – Cointreau (or an alternative orange liquor)

25ml – Lime Juice (fresh is best)

Salt, if desired, for serving


1. Put it all the ingredients (except the salt) into a cocktail shaker with ice.

2. Shake well, then strain into a margarita glass.

3. Drink your smoky margarita and think of a Mexican open fire.


Smoky margarita recipe

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