Smoky cocktails are everywhere right now.
Most high-end bartenders have added a smoke gun to their behind-the-bar bucket of tools, but you don’t have to have to go that far to add beautiful smoked flavor to your at-home cocktails.
Smoky flavor is often associated with whiskey. But lately, smoky tequila or mescal has shot into the spotlight as a trendy favorite.
Since trends are usually worth tasting, we decided to whip up a smoky cocktail made simple. With a little grapefruit, the beautiful addition of smoked salt on the rim, a bit of agave, and a bright dash of bitters, this boozy little sipper is officially one of our favorites.
If you’ve ever enjoyed an oven-broiled grapefruit in the morning, this is basically the cocktailed version of that sweet-and-tangy flavor combo. The tequila goes with grapefruit like wine goes with cheese, rounding out the bitter fruit with that slow, soft burn tequila is so beloved for.
Looking for a quick and delicious summer cocktail that tells the world you’re hip and chic? This is it, human. You will love.
Here’s your ingredient lineup. Since mescal is hard to find in my teetotaler city of Salt Lake, I purchased tequila blanco. If you’ve got access to mescal, swap it in for half the tequila and enjoy that extra smoky goodness, shaken right into your sipper.
Can’t find mescal or smoked salt, but still want to enjoy a hacked version of this cocktail? No worries. A dash of liquid smoke will do the trick. Just add it in when you add your bitters. It lends a subtle smokiness that beautifully complements the tequila and grapefruit flavors.
And now for the good stuff. A quick rim of smoked salt on stemless martini glasses. This cocktail also looks beautiful in stemless wine cups.
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Because we’re serving this over ice, you don’t need to shake it with ice, but I like mixing in the shaker for easy measuring and dripless pouring once it’s all sloshed together.
Feel fancy? Go ahead and top your cocktail with a grapefruit garnish. Sliced and peeled pieces of pink grapefruit on a cocktail pick look pretty as a picture.
Wouldn’t you agree?
This is likely to become your favorite way ever to get grapefruit into your daily diet. Smoky, sweet, and splendid. Enjoy!
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