I found this drink on Fred Yarm's Cocktail Virgin blog. He attributed this drink to Colin Shearn of the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. in Philadelphia. There are a lot of strong flavors in this drink, but they all come together pretty nicely. The original recipe did not have the grapefruit peel, but I think it's a nice addition.
1.0 oz Art in the Age Root Liqueur
1.0 oz Blanco Tequila
0.5 oz Cynar
0.5 Lapsang Souchong Tea Syrup
Pinch of Salt
Grapefruit Peel for garnish
Add all liquid ingredients to mixing glass and stir 40 revs. Strain into cocktail glass and add a pinch of salt atop drink. Express Grapefruit peel over glass, rub the rim, and drop it into the drink.
Lapsang Souchong Tea Syrup - steep loose leaf Lapsang Souchong Black Tea in a 2:1 Demerara simple syrup.
Lapsang Souchong is a Chinese black tea that gets cured over charring pine wood. This is a very smoky tea that has aromas that will remind you of a campfire or charcoal grill. If you make a small batch of this syrup, start tasting it after letting the tea leaves steep for 5 minutes as the syrup takes on the smoky flavor very quickly. If you want a small batch to be very smoky, let it steep 30 minutes or more.