I ran out of my last batch of smoky tea syrup and did not take notes when I made it. So, today, I’m making some more. I made regular margaritas yesterday and found them less tasty (okay, sweet.) than my new regular.
So, I have all of the ingredients handy, and I did write my measurements down:
First, start with the chile water:
Put the three chile peppers in a pan with 3 cups water. Bring to a boil. Turn the heat off and let the chile peppers “steep” for a whle – you may smush the chile peppers with a wooden spoon if you like.
Strain the chiles into a receptacle to catch the chile water. You may save the chiles for another use. Check the measurements and add more water if necessary to bring the amount to 3 cups again.
Next, use the chile water to steep your tea:
- 3 cups chile water
- 6 bags Taylors of Harrogate Lapsang Souchong tea
Return the chile water to the pot and bring to a light boil again. Place tea bags in pot and steep for a while.
- 1/2 tsp. ancho chile powder
- 1/4 tsp. Penzey’s smoked Spanish paprika
- 1/4 tsp. Penzey’s ground red chipotle
- a dash of cinnamon (okay, that may not be necessary)
Strain the mixture one more time and add the following while the water is still hot:
- 2 cups sugar (1 cup white and 1 cup brown) – I ran out of white sugar.
I strained it one last time, adding a paper towel to my strainer to sift out most of the grains of spice.
Transfer to a glass or plastic bottle or container and keep in the refrigerator. Keeps in the refrigerator for over a month.
- 1 part Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver Tequila
- 1/2 part Patron Citronge
- 2 parts Sinless Margarita mix
- generous splash (1/4 part ?) of Smokey Margarita Syrup
- Lime wedge
Pour the ingredients (except the lime wedge) over ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake well, then pour into a glass with crushed or chipped ice cubes. Garnish with lime wedge.
Now, ordinarily, this is also supposed to include Mezcal, but I didn’t buy any this time. I have to say that this is pretty good – I could taste the chipotle only in the concentrated syrup. I didn’t think that the drink itself was spicy in a bad way.