Caramelized Pineapple and Mezcal Margarita

In this bold margarita, fresh pineapple, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar cook together to create a caramelized flavor. Then, they are combined with mezcal and lime juice for a cocktail that’s equal parts sweet, spicy, smoky and tart.

Serves: 6
Serving Size: 1 cup
15 mins Prep time 35 mins Cook time
15 mins Prep time
35 mins Cook time
  • Remove pineapple leaves; reserve for garnish. Peel, core and cut pineapple into chunks.

  • Mix sugars, pineapple juice, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg in heavy large saucepan or Dutch oven. Cook on medium heat until mixture comes to boil. Add pineapple chunks; cook and stir 35 minutes or until pineapple is golden brown. Let cool to room temperature. Remove cinnamon sticks.

  • Place pineapple mixture, ice, mezcal, lime juice and vanilla in blender container; cover. Blend until smooth. Pour into beverage glasses. Garnish with pineapple leaves.

Cooking tip

Substitution Tip: Use 1 pound or 2 1/2 cups fresh pineapple chunks instead of peeling, coring and cutting a whole pineapple. 

Test Kitchen Tip: Mezcal is a smoky Mexican liquor made from the agave plant, giving it a highly complex and distinctive flavor profile. 

Nutrition information

Nutritional Information coming soon!