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Food Trend: Grilled Cocktails and a Smoky Margarita Recipe

I love a good margarita, and adding smoke and char to the recipe only makes them better!

You may recall in previous posts that I learned about the “Grilled Cocktails” food trend while attending Kingsford University earlier this year.

If you love the smokiness the grill imparts in food, then you will love this classic citrus cocktail with a twist. By grilling the lemons and lime, the fruit caramelizes and gets a nice char while also making them extra juicy for squeezing into your pitcher.

This recipe makes a pitcher of margaritas, roughly 4 very large glasses.


  • 3 lbs limes/lemons plus a few oranges, sliced in half
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 1 cup simple syrup to taste
  • 1 pitcher full of ice

There is something strangely fun and addictive about adding nice char marks to citrus!


Dip the sliced citrus in a bowl of sugar so they have a light coating. Grill the citruson medium high heat until they have char marks. Let them rest until they are coolenough to be juiced . Fill your margarita pitcher halfway full of ice, then add thetequila and trip sec. Add the juice to the ice/tequila mixture- by adding it to ice itwill help cut the tartness of the citrus. Add the simple syrup in small batches until the proper sweetness is achieved.

Enjoy your first smoky margarita that goes great with grilled foods, specifically my chili lime skirt steak fajitas!

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5 Responses to Food Trend: Grilled Cocktails and a Smoky Margarita Recipe

  1. My Carolina Kitchens June 23, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    Love the idea of grilling the citrus Robyn. Great close-up shot.

    I certainly enjoyed visiting with you at the blogger get-together. Your fajitas were the best I’ve ever tasted.

  2. Robyn June 23, 2011 at 7:48 am #


    It was great meeting you and Meakin. What a fun time! Look forward to seeing all your cooking adventures and staying in touch!


  3. Chris June 25, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    Are you trying to get us drunk? ha ha

    This is a perfect poolside treat, I might have to grill up a batch if weather permits tomorrow.

  4. Robyn June 26, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Of course I am Chris!!

  5. Katherine June 26, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    If the weather clears up this afternoon, I am definitely making this for happy hour this evening! Great photos!