It’s all about balance, and for us, citrus is the key to achieving superior cocktails. Adding citrus to cocktails helps to balance out the sweetness and it only gets better when you use a Traeger. We’ve got three different ways to elevate your citrus in a smokin’ delicious way.
SMOKE: smoking cuts the tanginess out of the citrus.
1) Smoking Juiced Liquid
- Pour juice in a thin, shallow sheet pan to increase the surface area the smoke permeates
- Sheet pan walls should ideally be about 1” high 6x12
- Set Traeger to smoke setting and let preheat. Once preheated, smoke the juice for 45 minutes
- Save in airtight container
2) Smoking Whole Fruit
- Smoke the fruit for 45 minutes
- The thinner the fruit, the more smoke it will take on
GRILL: brings out the natural flavors of the citrus and perfect for garnishes and juicing
What: lemon, lime, or orange, cut into slices, wedges or halves. When you caramelize the citrus, the sugar attracts the smoke.
How To: Coat your fruit with sugar and set the Traeger to high. After the Traeger has preheated grill the fruit for about 15 minutes. Take the fruit off the grill and coat with more sugar and throw it back on the grill for about 5 more minutes.
- When grilling grapefruits & oranges, use sweeteners like agave or honey to seal up the fruit. Failure to use sweetener = dried up citrus.
- If using candied fruit, wipe the fruit around the rim of the glass for a little citrus kick with each swig.
SEAR: use citrus with sugars for caramelization
What: peels, twists, or lemon or lime slices
How To: Peel the fruit, coat with sugar, and set the grill to high. As soon as your Traeger is searing hot, throw them on. As soon as they begin to crisp they’re good as gold. Glide them along the rim so your cocktails hold in that wood-fired flavor. Use thin citrus peels to garnish.
Suggested Cocktail: Boulevardier
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