By Pati’s Mexican Table 

Everyone knows that Mexican food is great for a party. In this episode, Pati invites some of her son’s friends (and their parents) over to her house and makes some of her popular fiesta dishes — perfect for any party! In Mexico, she travels to the town of Quiroga, known as the Carnitas Capital of the World, where she’ll show us one of her absolute favorite treats.

Margarita de Piña Asada

Serves 6 to 8

INGREDIENTS

– Vegetable oil, for greasing the grill
– 1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch rings, crosswise
– 1 jalapeño, chopped, or more to taste
– 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves and upper stems
– 3 cups white or silver tequila
– 1 cup pineapple juice
– 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
– 1/2 cup agave syrup or simple syrup
– 2 tablespoons kosher or coarse sea salt
– 2 tablespoons ground piquín chile or Mexican dried ground chile
– 1/2 cup turbinado or dark brown sugar

DIRECTIONS

Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Brush the grill with oil and place the pineapple rings flat on the grill, and cook, flipping once, until charred on both sides, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool while you mix the cocktail.

In a large pitcher, add the jalapeño, cilantro and 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar. Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, begin to muddle or crush the ingredients together. Chop all but 2 pieces of the pineapple (will be used for garnish) into 1-inch pieces and muddle those with the jalapeño mixture. Add the tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice and syrup and stir well to combine. Let sit for at least 10 minutes or place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

In a small saucer, combine the remaining sugar, salt and chile powder. Dip the rims of the margarita glasses into another saucer with water to wet the rims, alternately rub rims with half a lime, then dip into the sugar, salt and chile mixture. Fill each glass with the chunky margarita (making sure you are adding the chunks of muddled fruits and vegetables) and garnish with a wedge of pineapple.

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