You need to infuse the tea with the grapefruit peels and sugar. Then mix it with the rest of the ingredients and serve.
The Smoky Paloma, made with tequila and Lapsang Suchong tea, is not a quick cocktail to prepare by any means, as first we have to infuse the tea and then add it to the cocktail. However, of all the Palomas, this is one with the most distinctive flavor.
It’s called “Smoky” because it uses Lapsang Suchong tea, a black tea from China that will give the drink a smoky flavor. This tea is often used in mixology as well as in cooking, allowing you to smoke dishes without the need for artificial methods.
How to Prepare the Smoky Paloma
First of all, we need to mention that this is our own take on the Smoked Paloma, crafted by Trash Tiki. We hope you’ll enjoy it.
How to Infuse the Cocktail Tea
You will need these ingredients:
- 250 g Grapefruit Peels
- 10 g Lapsang Suchong Tea Leaves
- 1 kg Sugar
- 250 ml Water
To prepare the mixture of Lapsang Oleo tea, sugar, and grapefruit, you need to:
- Peel the grapefruits and set aside the peels.
- Juice the remaining grapefruit for the cocktail.
- Mix sugar and tea leaves together well and mix into the grapefruit peels.
- Leave to infuse overnight (24 hours).
- Steep the tea leaves in water for 1 minute.
- Pour water into the grapefruit mixture and dissolve sugar fully.
- Strain out the grapefruit peels.
- Bottle and refrigerate. Shelf life 10 Days.
Step by Step to Make the Smoky Paloma Cocktail
Finally, to make this tequila cocktail with hot tea, our version of the Smoky Paloma recipe, we only need:
- 50 ml / 2 parts Altos Reposado
- 15 ml / 1/2 part Lapsang Oleo
- 15 ml / 1/2 part Grapefruit Juice
- Top with Soda
Add all ingredients in a shaker, shake, and serve in a tumbler glass.
Can Another Hot Tea be Used to Make this Tequila Cocktail?
In theory, other teas with a smoky flavor similar to Lapsang Souchong can be used to make the Smoky Paloma, but the taste experience may be different. Lapsang Souchong is known for its strong, distinctive smoky flavor, so it may be difficult to find a tea that matches it completely.
We assure you that trying to get some of this tea to prepare our version of the Smoked Paloma is a very good choice.
Olmeca Altos and Lapsang Souchong: the Different Cocktail
This is a unique Paloma, it takes a while to make and requires specific ingredients. We can’t make a cocktail of this caliber with just any tequila. The drink cries out to be complemented with one of the same level, a high-quality tequila like Altos Tequila, made in Jalisco, Mexico, with 100% Blue Agave. You won’t regret it.