Grilled Pineapple Margarita

byLeslie Pariseau| PUBLISHED May 27, 2016 9:45 PM
Grilled Pineapple Margarita
Photography by Eric Medsker

The Margarita is essential to America's canon of summertime drinks, and adding a grilled element makes it that much more American. Burnished pineapple adds a rich layer of fruitiness while mezcal lends a veil of smoke and spice. For even more smoke and spice, add a salt rim laced with chile powder and coriander.

What You Will Need

Yield: makes 1 cocktail

Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 1-inch pineapple round
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>2</sub> oz. pineapple juice
  • <sup>3</sup>⁄<sub>4</sub> oz. agave syrup
  • 1 oz. mezcal
  • 1 oz. silver tequila
  • 1 lime wheel, for garnish


  1. Build a medium-heat fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to medium. (Alternatively, heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high.) Grill pineapple, turning once, until seared on both sides, 1-2 minutes. Cut pineapple into 4 chunks and set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle together lime juice, pineapple juice, agave, and 3 chunks grilled pineapple. Add mezcal, tequila, and ice; shake well. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with remaining grilled pineapple chunk and a lime wheel.