YOU DESERVE A DRINK: CHARRED PINE MARGARITA

In anticipation of more perfect summer evenings ahead, as well as countless cookouts (and grilled pineapples), we're sharing my take on the High Plains margarita. The High Plains marries charred pineapple with the smokiest herb, sage, and also features a beautiful interplay of fresh squeezed sweet and sour citrus and Patrón Citrónge Orange. The clean, balanced zip of Patrón Silver permeates the margarita, lending a refined counterpoint to the fragrant blend of fruit and herbs.

The High Plains is a wonderfully complex charred pineapple margarita that melds pineapple and sweet and sour citrus with fresh sage leaves, and finishes with hints of chipotle spice and smoke. 

Recipe Type: Cocktail • Makes: 2 servings • Author: Recipe courtesy of Patrón


Ingredients

  • 3 ounces Patrón Silver
  • 1 ounce Patrón Citrónge Orange
  • 6 slices charred pineapple, divided
  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice, plus 1 lime wedge for rim
  • 1/2 ounce Yuzu juice (or sub 2 parts lemon juice to 1 part orange)
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 12 sage leaves, divided
  • 4 dashes lime bitters
  • chipotle salt (1/4 cup margarita salt mixed with 1/3 teaspoon chipotle chili powder)

Instructions

  1. Char pineapple slices, reserve 2 slices for garnish.

  2. Rub rim of 2 rocks glasses with lime wedge and dip in chipotle salt.

  3. Combine 4 pieces pineapple, 8 sage leaves, and simple syrup in shaker and muddle. Add remaining liquid ingredients and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Fill prepared glasses with ice and double strain* cocktail into glasses.

  4. Garnish with each with a slice of charred pineapple and 2 sage leaves.

*To double strain, strain cocktail through both a standard cocktail strainer and a small fine mesh sieve.