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Mezcalita de Piña

I think I may be subconsciously wishing for Spring Break.

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I’ve been burning my “Caribbean Escape” candle all week long, I can’t stop pinning tropical cocktails, and now I’m making them. It’s okay, though! Apparently, February 22 was National Margarita Day, so really I’m late instead of early. Plus, I totally didn’t have to wear a jacket outside, yesterday. It was 57. That’s like… almost Spring-ish…

Mezcalita de Piña | spachethespatula.com #recipeRight now you’re like, okay, what the heck is a “Mezcalita”?! Good question. It’s a margarita made with Mezcal instead of Tequila. What is Mezcal and how is it different than Tequila? Here’s a handy-dandy webpage that will get into all the specifics for you, but the bottom line is: they are produced in different regions, with different varieties of agave, with different production processes.

Let’s talk a bit about this drink. It’s phenomenal. It’s spicy, and sweet, and smoky, and don’t try to tell me you refuse to try it because you hate cilantro because it’s amazing in this, dang it! Okay, if you are one of those serious cilantro-phobes you can replace it with basil (especially Thai basil!) or mint.

This cocktail is amazingly refreshing, and super unique. I love the smokiness of the grilled pineapple with the heat from the jalapeño. It’s great for parties because you can double or triple or quadruple the recipe to make a large batch all at once.

I didn’t change much from the original Saveur recipe, except to up the liquor content a bit, because I like boozy drinks, okay? Especially when I’m using something as smooth and sweet as Mezcal!

You’re going to totally love this, promise.

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Mezcalita de Piña

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Mezcalita de Piña

Ingredients

  • 1 pineapple, peeled cored, and cut into 1" slices
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 cups Mezcal
  • 3/4 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup

Instructions

  1. Heat a grill pan over high heat. Grill the pineapple slices for 2 minutes on each side, until black grill marks form.
  2. In a pitcher, muddle together the grilled pineapple, jalapeño, and cilantro with a wooden spoon. Fill with ice, then add in the Mezcal, lime juice, and agave and stir well.
  3. Serve with lots and lots of ice!

Notes

recipe from here

http://www.spachethespatula.com/mezcalita-de-pina/

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