Spicy and Smoky Margarita

I have three “go-to” drink orders: a Gin and Tonic, an Old Fashioned, or a Margarita. As much as I love the classically clean version of these cocktails, every once in a while it’s nice to mix up the flavors and layers of the drink. After trying a smoky Margarita at Seattle’s very own Ray’s Cafe, I knew I had to figure out how to make my own at home.



Spicy Smoked Margarita

  • Servings: 1 cocktail
  • Difficulty: easy


  • 1 ounce 100% agave tequila (I prefer Reposado)
  • 1 ounce Mezcal (I prefer Del Maguey Vida)
  • 3.4 ounce triple sec or Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice from a fresh lime
  • 1/2 oz honey
  • 1 jalapeño cut into 1/4″ slices
  • smoked sea salt mixed with smoked paprika for the rim
  1. Add 1-2 jalapeño slices to a cocktail shaker. Muddle. Add ice to 1/2 way full. Add the lime juice and honey. Add the Mezcal, tequila, and triple sec. Shake well.
  2. To make the salt rim, rub the rim of the glass with the used lime and dip in plate of salt/paprika mix.
  3. Strain the contents of the cocktail  shaker into your salt rimmed glass. Add 2-3 ice cubes and enjoy immediately.