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Martha Stewart's Smoky Lemon Margarita

PREP TIME
10 mins
SERVINGS
8-10
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PREP TIME
10 mins
SERVINGS
8-10
RATE THIS RECIPE
(5)

Ingredients

Lemon Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 lemons, zest peeled
  • cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Cocktail
  • 2 cups lemon simple syrup, chilled (recipe above)
  • 12 ounces tequila, chilled
  • 6 ounces orange liqueur, like Cointreau, chilled
  • Orange rounds, coarse sea salt, and frozen lemon wedges or ice, for serving
  • Chef notes

    Mix up a pitcher of this make-ahead margarita for a cookout. Mezcal, tequila's smoky cousin, gives the drink its signature flavor.

    Swap option: For a version without smokiness, use silver tequila in place of mezcal.

    Preparation

    For the lemon simple syrup:

    In a saucepan, combine sugar, lemon zest, and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool completely. Strain, discard zest; stir in lemon juice.

    Cover and refrigerate in an airtight container until cold, at least one hour and up to two weeks.

    For the cocktail:

    In a pitcher, stir together syrup, tequila, and liqueur. Cover and refrigerate up to one day, if desired. Run an orange round along the rim of each serving glass; dip each rim in salt. Add orange rounds and frozen lemon wedges to pitcher.

    Pour drinks into prepared glasses; serve with more orange rounds and frozen lemon wedges.