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Smoke & Mirrors Cocktail

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Tangy, sweet and smoky, today’s vibrant weekend beverage, the Smoke & Mirrors Cocktail, is a dance of intricate flavors. 

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Erin Hawley

Smoke & Mirrors Cocktail

Lot’s of people think of grenadine as that neon red stuff found behind lots of bars that make cocktails turn candy-sweet.

A traditional grenadine is actually a rich and bright pomegranate syrup that is surprisingly easy to make. In this Smoke & Mirrors Cocktail it’s paired with smoky mezcal for a complex, but easy sipping drink.

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Smoke & Mirrors Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
This tangy, sweet, smoky and vibrant weekend beverage, the Smoke & Mirrors Cocktail, is a dance of intricate flavors. 
Servings: 1 drink


  • 1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1/2 ounce mezcal I like using Del Maguey Vida here. If you use a less smoky Mezcal, it might be good to use an ounce of both the Mezcal and the Blanco
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine see recipe below
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

To make Grenadine:

  • 2 cups pomegranate juice Make sure it's 100% pomegranate; POM Wonderful is a good brand
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups pomegranate molasses
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water


For the Grenadine:

  • Heat pomegranate juice until just before a boil. Remove from heat and add the sugar, pomegranate molasses, and orange blossom water. Stir to dissolve, and let cool.

For the Smoke & Mirrors Cocktail:

  • Shake all ingredients together and pour into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime and some fresh pomegranate seeds.


Grenadine recipe courtesy of Jeffrey Morgenthaler.


Serving: 1drink, Calories: 197kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 7mg, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin C: 4.3mg
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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4 comments on “Smoke & Mirrors Cocktail”

  1. Yum!

  2. Ohhhh, I just made this with the regular ol’ grenadine. Really good! Ya can’t go wrong with lime and tequila!

  3. I imagine the homemade grenadine must be a whole different ball game from the mass produced stuff— great recipe!

  4. I am SO trying that homemade grenadine! How fun! Pinned!