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Smoky Spiced Orange Cocktail

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This orange juice cocktail has extra flavor with smoked cinnamon and spiced honey syrup. Mixed with rum and mezcal for extra smoke, this delicious cocktail is sweet, smoky, spicy, and so delicious.


Spiced Honey Syrup

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 inch orange peel

Smoky Spiced Orange Cocktail (makes 1 drink)

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 oz mezcal
  • 1 oz silver rum
  • 3 oz orange juice, fresh squeezed*
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 3/4 oz spiced honey syrup
  • 2 dashes ground cinnamon
  • 1 dash each ground ginger and nutmeg

Salted Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1 tsp flaky sea salt
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


Spiced Honey Syrup

  1. Combine the water, honey, ginger, and cinnamon sticks in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a simmer and allow the honey to fully dissolve. Drop in the orange peel and continue to simmer for 30 seconds.
  3. Remove from heat and let the syrup steep for 30 minutes to 1 hour. The longer it steeps, the stronger the flavor.
  4. When it’s done steeping, strain into a glass container and chill until you’re ready to make the cocktails. The syrup is the most flavorful the day of, but it can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Smoky Spiced Orange Cocktail

  1. Light the end of a cinnamon stick and place it on a ceramic plate, stone, or wood surface that you don’t care about damaging. Immediately place the cocktail glass over the stick to trap in the smoke. Let it sit while we make the cocktail.
  2. To an ice-filled shaker, add the remaining ingredients and give it a good shake.
  3. Release the cocktail glass from the cinnamon stick and fill with ice.
  4. Pour your cocktail and garnish with the cinnamon stick, orange peel, and salted cinnamon sugar. Enjoy!


*ORANGE JUICE – If you go the store bought route, just make sure the orange juice is 100% orange juice without any added sugars or ingredients

HONEY SYRUP – This recipe is enough to make about 12 orange cocktails

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Shaken
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