This bold cocktail dances in the grey area between sweet and savory. Starting from tequila as the base, we spiced this drink up with chipotle to complement the spirit’s slightly earthy sweetness. Next, we added lime and grapefruit as an acidic counterpoint to the smoky heat. As a last touch, we finished the drink in style with a salty rim made of chipotle flake and alderwood smoked salt.
All that’s missing is a name. Perfect for a slow sip at dusk after a hot summer day, the cocktail tastes exactly like what we decided to call it: a smoky sunset.
- 2 orange slices
- 1 ounce grapefruit juice
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1 ounce triple sec
- 2 ounces tequila
- Mortal and pestle the chile until fine, then stir in salts.
- Wet the rim of a tumbler with a lime wedge. Dip the glass into chipotle salt and set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle orange slices with ice, chipotle chile flake, grapefruit juice and lime juice. Add more ice, tequila and triple sec liqueur. Shake and strain into salted glass filled with ice. Serve garnished with orange slice.
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