Smoky Margarita, Pineapple Margarita, Spicy Margarita…there are many recipes in this wheelhouse, but we think that this is the perfect balance of the lot.
Citrusy, zingy, spicy and with a hint of deep smoke from the Mezcal. This recipe is bursting with ‘let’s go’! If you like Margaritas, you have to try this twist.
Additionally, this is a delicious funtime drink that has a party trick. It’s really good with food. If you do decide to pair this drink with food, Latino and Caribbean style dishes work particularly well, and all sorts of rice based dishes. If you want to take your drink to another foodie level, include a couple of sprigs of Cilantro / Coriander leaf into the mix when you shake your Margarita for an even more savory partner.
- 30 Ml MEZCAL (1 part)
- 15 Ml TRIPLE SEC (1/2 part)
- 60 Ml PRESSED PINEAPPLE JUICE (2 parts)
- 15 Ml LIME JUICE (1/2 part)
- 1-3 DASHES GREEN HOT SAUCE
- 1 PINCH SEA SALT
How to make it
- 1 – Add all ingredients to your cocktail shaker.
- 2 – Fill shaker with ice then shake hard
- 4 – Double strain using both a Hawthorn and Fine Strainer to remove any debris and also break large air bubbles that will form when shaking to give a thicker, richer foam on top.
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Get nerdy with it
MEZCAL – If you love Mezcal you’ll enjoy its smoky qualities combining beautifully with the citrussy, fruity and spicy notes in this recipe. You may have even drunk something similar in a cocktail bar. In which case, just grab your favorite bottle and get mixing.
If Mezcal is new to you, this is a perfect recipe to introduce yourself to this smoky, funky spirit. Not sure what to buy, head over to our spirits guide and any one of those will work perfectly.
Of course, if you prefer the original Margarita base of Tequila, that will also work nicely here…it just won’t be a Smoky Pineapple Margarita, it becomes a Spicy Pineapple Margarita.
TRIPLE SEC / ORANGE CURACAO – This classic orange liqueur brings flavour and balance to a Margarita and removes the need for adding any sugar. It’s also an essential part of any Margarita recipe…without it you’re just not making one are you?! Use any good quality Triple Sec, Cointreau or Orange Curaçao and you’ll be just fine!
PINEAPPLE JUICE – Good pressed pineapple juice is what you want here for best results. You can even press your own if you have a juicer. Just avoid carton juice made from concentrate ideally.
The key impact to be aware of is sweetness. Some juices and some pineapples can be very sweet while others can be much sharper and acidic. This will have an impact on your final drink and you need to be aware and you can adjust the amount of lime juice you add to get a perfect balance.
FRESH LIME JUICE – Squeezing your own is always the best bet unless you have a speciality juice supplier nearby. Avoid any shelf stable bottles of “fresh juice”, it’s not, and bad juice will ruin your cocktails!
SEA SALT – You do NOT want to make a salty cocktail, you just want a little pinch of salt to help the flavours in the recipe pop. Add with caution, because a false step here can ruin your entire drink rather than bring it to life.
ICE – Only needed for service. FILL your glass with, ideally, nice big cold chunks of cubed ice. A full glass of ice and larger chunks will look better and importantly stay as ice for longer, not adding more unnecessary water to your drink.
Why we chose this recipe for you
The Margarita is such a popular and versatile recipe that, to have a number of different versions on Candra seems only right.
This recipe is a little different and steps away from the norm, but is a highly approachable recipe that you can impress your friends with, as long as they like a little smoky character in their cocktails. If not, simply use a good Tequila instead.
This Margarita’s so good, it may become the only one you ever make!
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