Grilled Pineapple & Jalapeno Mezcal Margarita
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
For the Cocktail
  • 1 oz. mezcal*
  • ½-1 oz. jalapeno infused tequila, to taste (recipe below, or sub regular tequila if you prefer no heat)
  • ½ oz. orange liqueur
  • 1 1-inch thick slice of grilled pineapple, chilled
  • 3 TBSP fresh lime juice (or lemon juice)
  • 3 TBSP honey, to taste
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple juice
  • Crushed ice
  • Grilled pineapple and lime wedges for garnish
For the jalapeno infused tequila:
  • 1 cup silver tequila
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced into rings
For the jalapeno infused tequila:
  1. Slice the jalapeno into rings, and place in a clean, tightly lidded jar.
  2. Add the tequla, seal the jar, and store in a cool dark place for 12-24 hours, depending on how spicy you like it.
  3. Once the tequila has steeped to your liking, strain it to remove the jalapeno. discard the jalapeno slices, and pour the tequila back into the jar. If the tequila has gotten spicier than you want it, add a splash more plain tequila to the jar. Keep refrigerated for up to 1 year. Use to spice up your margaritas, bloody mary's, and whatever else you'd normally add tequila to.
For the cocktail:
  1. Cut away the husk of the pineapple, slice into 1 inch thick rings, and remove the core.
  2. Preheat your grill to medium-high (or get let it get nice and hot for 20 minutes or so if using charcoal), and oil the grate lightly.
  3. Grill pineapple slices for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until nicely caramelized. Transfer to a bowl and place in the fridge until completely cool.
  4. Add the mezcal, jalapeno infused tequila, grilled and chilled pineapple (and any juices that have accumulated in the bowl), lime juice, honey, and pineapple juice to the blender. Blend until smooth, then strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove the pulp from the pineapple.
  5. Pour over crushed ice, and garnish with extra grilled pineapple or lime wedges.
Mezcal is a type of tequila, made from a specific region and type of agave, which has been slow-roasted to give it its unique flavor. If you aren't a fan of mezcal, you can simply sub it out for regular tequila, or do mostly tequila with just a touch of mezcal to lighten the flavor.
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