This pineapple and mezcal cocktail is the perfect Tiki drink for those who are, like me, fans of smokey cocktails.
besides being a smokey delight this drink is also sweet and refreshing and acts as the perfect slow sipper.
all you will need is Mezcal, pineapple juice, Grand Mariner (or other orange liqueur), and some fresh limes.
Those of you who frequently visit my blog or IG account is already familiar with my obsession with smokey cocktails and flavors.
it’s really hard for me not to like a cocktail that has some peated scotch or a hint of Mezcal in it.
My first encounter with smokey spirits was magical, as a huge fan and collector of single malts.
the first time I tasted Isla scotch I discovered an all-new world of flavors.
a great journey of figuring out what flavors can pair with that magnificent smokey flavor just began.
fast forward to this day, my collection of peated scotch and mezcals grew and I use them frequently in a vast variety of cocktails.
Conclusion – buy yourself a nice bottle of Mezcal or some affordable peated scotch!
Mezcal, nice to meet.
So until now, all I’ve’ told you is how amazing Mezcal is, but what about what it’s actually is?
the word itself is from the Aztec language and translates to “oven-cooked agave”.
There is an old saying every bartender knows that goes like that:
All tequilas are mezcals, but not all mezcals are tequilas.
First of all, the definition of mezcal is any agave-based spirit which is made in specific regions of Mexico (much like whiskey and scotch regulations).
however while tequila must be made only from blue agave (AKA agave tequilana), mezcal can be made from other types (over 25).
Both tequila and mezcal are made from the same part of the agave – the core.
but the big difference is that they are distilled and prepared differently.
before the distillation process, the agave cores are inserted into pits filled with wood and charcoal that slightly toast the cores and give them their unique smokey flavors.
After the smoking is done they move to the distillation process that takes place in clay pots.
yes, you read it right, clay.
of course, there are mezcal makers that already moved to more modern methods, but a real mezcal is made the traditional way.
So if you liked this mezcal and pineapple cocktail feel free to share this recipe.
if you have any thoughts or questions you can simply leave a comment below or contact me, cheers!