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Lapsang Souchong–Infused Margarita

Enjoy this sophisticated take on the classic Margarita cocktail.
margarita in glass
  • Makes 1 serving
  • Prep Time 5 minutes
  • Cook Time 20 minutes to steep


  • 1 tsp. flaky sea salt or kosher salt (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. sumac (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp. smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 1/2 oz. lapsang souchong–infused tequila (see below)
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau (options: Grand Marnier or triple sec)
  • 1/2 oz. maple syrup

Lapsang Souchong–Infused Tequila


  • 1 tsp. lapsang souchong tea (or 1 teabag of lapsang souchong)
  • 1/2 cup reposado tequila


If desired, mix salt with sumac and smoked paprika, and place mixture in a shallow saucer. Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, and dip the rim into the saucer to coat thinly with the salt mixture.
Place remaining ingredients into a shaker with plenty of ice. Shake for about 12 seconds and strain into rocks glass with ice. Serve.
For the tequila: Put tea into a tea filter. Pour tequila into a mug, add tea, and cover. Steep for 20 minutes, then remove the tea.

Photography by: Terry Brennan; Food Stylist: Betsy Nelson

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Robert Hanson

Robert Hanson is a food and travel writer based in Southern California.


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