By Pati’s Mexican Table 

Pati invites a few of her girlfriends over for a much needed “girls’ night in.” But these girls are here to grill! Grilling isn’t just a guy thing — Pati’s got a great outdoor grill, and she’s gonna put it to work by cooking up a mouth-watering menu of Mexican food with a BBQ twist. One of Pati’s sisters shows up to help her mix some drinks too!

Trompo Zacatecano

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

For rimming the glass:

– 1 lime wedge (about 1/4 of a fresh lime)
– 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
– 2 tablespoons ground chile powder, such as chile piquín, ancho, chipotle or a Mexican mix, or to taste
– 2 tablespoons kosher or coarse sea salt

For the drink:

– 1 1/2 cups ice cubes
– 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) mezcal or tequila
– 3/4 cup grapefruit soda
– 1/4 cup pineapple juice
– 1 to 2 fresh mint leaves

DIRECTIONS

Run the lime wedge around the rim of a glass. Place the sugar, chile powder and salt on a small plate and dip the rim of the glass in the salt to coat.

Add the ice cubes to the glass, then pour in the mezcal, grapefruit soda and pineapple juice, stir gently. Tear the mint leaves into several pieces and drop them into the glass, stirring gently so they release their flavor into the drink.

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