Every opportunity I have I try to convince people to try mezcal. Many have the idea that it tastes like tequila, and that's why they are not interested. Who does not have a bad memory (or lack of) with tequila? The big difference is that mezcal has a smoky taste and you drink it slow. Some hate it but some really fall in love with the taste.
Chili is something you grow up with in México and although we do not eat as many jalapeños as people think it's what you can get here, that still gives it a spicy and rich flavor to the drink.
- 1 part mezcal
- 1 part ginger ale
- 0.5 parts agave syrup
- a slice of grilled pineapple
- a dash of lime juice
- jalapeño pepper
- cilantro or mint
Grill the pineapple on a pan flipping once, until charred on both sides. Remove from pan and let cool.
Place the grilled pineapple, jalapeño, and cilantro in a pitcher and using a muddler, crush fruit and herbs until broken down.
Add mezcal, lime juice, and syrup. Stir well and pour into glasses filled with ice, to serve.