Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Tequila & Mezcal Cocktails

Smoky Limeade

smoky limeade cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

Though one thinks of limeade and lemonade as summer drinks, bartender Carmen Polcyn at Chicago’s Bar Toma gives this tipple that’s good with or without booze a wintery hint of rosemary and warming, smoky punch. You can spike the drink with tequila or mezcal, the latter adding even more smoky fun to the drink.


  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila or mezcal (optional)
  • 1 ounce smoked citrus juice*
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Club soda or tonic water, chilled, to top
  • Garnish: rosemary sprig


  1. Add the tequila or mezcal, if desired, citrus juice and simple syrup into a rocks glass with ice and stir.

  2. Top with the club soda or tonic water, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

*Smoked citrus juice: Cut 1 lemon and 1 lime in half and dip the open sides in turbinado sugar to coat. Grill each half over high heat, with the cut edge toward the flame, until the sugar has charred on the citrus. Once cooled, juice the fruit.