This cocktail uses barbecued fruit as a base to add char-grilled flavour and smokiness to this tart, flavourful mix. More information on this technique can be found in my guide to smoked and barbecued cocktails which includes more recipes and smoking tips.
A golden, char-grilled, very inauthentic version of the queen of cocktails, the margarita. The tequila and lime are the same, but there the similarity ends. The rich colour comes from the tequila, honey and seared, blackened citrus.
Using both raw and barbecued lemon and lime, the contrasting flavours of zingy, tart, fresh citrus as well as caramelised, cooked fruit are present. The drink is sweet, tart, smoky and boozy.
There may be some charred flecks from the citrus in the drink, even after straining –this will serve to emphasise the barbecued element! To further enhance the smokiness, consider using a smoked cocktail glass as well.
This cocktail is very tangy and concentrated, like a true margarita. To lighten it a little, add a splash of natural tonic water before garnishing.