Grilled Cocktails and a Smoky Margarita Recipe

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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.

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Servings: 4 cups


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  • 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


  1. Dip the sliced citrus in a bowl of sugar so they have a light coating.
  2. Grill the citrus on medium high heat until they have char marks.
  3. Let them rest until they are cool enough to be juiced.
  4. Fill your margarita pitcher halfway full of ice, then add the tequila and triple sec.
  5. Add the juice to the ice/tequila mixture- by adding it to ice it will help cut the tartness of the citrus.
  6. Add the simple syrup in small batches until the proper sweetness is achieved.
  7. Enjoy your first smoky margarita that goes great with grilled foods, specifically my chili lime skirt steak fajitas!
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 427g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 379  
Calories from Fat 5 1%
Total Fat 0.57g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.06g 0%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Potassium 307mg 9%
Total Carbs 76.81g 20%
Dietary Fiber 8.0g 27%
Sugars 50.6g 34%
Protein 2.03g 3%


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