Smoked Sage Margarita

During a recent trip to Santa Fe, I had the pleasure of visiting the Secreto Lounge, in the historic Hotel St. Francis. The barman is the very interesting Chris Milligan. He’s got a fantastic set of drinks, including the Agave Way (Black Grapes and Green Chili), the Spicy Secreto (cucumbers, lime juice, cane syrup, Organic Cachaça, elderflower liquor), and my favorite, the Smoked Sage Margarita. Here’s his blog post about it.

The recipe:

Smoked Sage Margarita

  • 1 1/2 oz Reposado tequila ( Ilegal Mescal is even better)
  • 1 oz orange liqueur
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • smoked salt
  • 2–4 semi dried sage leaves

Combine tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice in a mixing glass. Take a Boston shaker and place upside down on top of two mixing glasses to form a pyramid. carefully light the sage leaves and capture the smoke inside the invert shaker. When smoke begins to pour out of the bottom, stop and toss the burnt leaves in your margarita, ice the mixing glass and cap it with your smoked filled Boston shaker. Shake for 10 seconds then strain into a smoked salt rimmed glass filled with ice. Garnish with a sage branch and lime wheel.

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