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This Pineapple Mezcal Cocktail is a fancy craft cocktail that has a bit of a spicy kick. Made with homemade jalapeno simple syrup, this is a cocktail that will impress your guests.
This cocktail takes a bit more work to make than some of my other cocktail recipes, but the result is amazing.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s spicy — This cocktail gets a spicy kick from the homemade jalapeno simple syrup that complements the mezcal perfectly.
- It’s a fancy craft cocktail — Unlike some of my other cocktail recipes, this cocktail requires a bit more work but it is worth it. This drink tastes like a craft cocktail you might order at a cocktail bar.
- It’s beginner friendly — Despite the fact this is a fancier cocktail, the recipe is still easily approachable for beginners and besides a basic cocktail shaker, you don’t need any extra bartending equipment.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Pineapple Juice: Use a high quality pineapple juice without pulp. This recipe would also work well with mango juice as a substitute.
- Mezcal: Use your favorite type of mezcal for this recipe. You can use tequila as a similar substitute for mezcal. In terms of other types of alcohol, you could use white rum or vodka as an alternative.
- Lemon Juice: Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the highest quality cocktail.
- Jalapenos: Jalapenos are used to make the spicy syrup. You can use habaneros instead, but these are much spicier than jalapenos, so you may need to reduce the amount of simple syrup you add to the cocktail.
- Brown Sugar: Brown sugar is used to make the jalapeno syrup. Brown sugar gives the best, rich flavor for this cocktail, but as a substitute, you can use granulated sugar.
- Ginger Beer: Ginger beer is a non alcoholic beverage that you should be able to find in most grocery stores. Don’t confuse this with ginger ale — it is not the same drink and can’t be used as a substitute.
How To Make A Pineapple Mezcal Cocktail
Step 1: Heat the jalapenos, sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Continue to heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.
Step 2: Strain out the jalapeno chunks and let the syrup cool to room temperature.
Step 3: Add the pineapple juice, mezcal, lemon juice and jalapeno simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with ginger beer and serve.
- Store leftover jalapeno syrup in the fridge. This recipe will make a bit of extra jalapeno syrup. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Make it spicier. If you want an extra spicy kick, add in an extra ½ oz of jalapeno syrup.
- Use fresh pineapple juice. If you are looking to elevate this cocktail to a premium cocktail level, use a juicer to make fresh pineapple juice.
Yes, you can replace the mezcal with tequila.
Yes. It is a more difficult flavor to find, but you can use a store bought spicy drink syrup instead. You may need to adjust how much syrup you add.