Mas Malo is an excellent restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. The food es muy delicioso, especially the fresh made tortilla chips and various salsas. I also highly recommend the Al Pastor–grilled carnitas (pork) with a spicy chipotle sauce and grilled pineapple. It comes with guacamole, sour cream and warm tortillas so you can fix yourself some bitchin’ tacos. But what really blew me away at the restaurant was a diesel cocktail called the Pinata Smash. The drink has lime and pineapple juice, El Jimador Reposado Tequila, Serrano chile and cilantro. Served on the rocks, the adventurous beverage is a refreshing mix of tart and sweet with a back end kick of heat. The drink intoxicated me so much that I had to figure out how to make it on my own so that I could enjoy the flavors of Cabo back in the homeland of New England. After gathering the requisite ingredients and testing a few recipes, I’ve managed to replicate the fun and unique cocktail that any mixologist would be proud to have in their arsenal.
So here’s my recipe. This will make two drinks in short glasses on the rocks…
What you’ll need:
-El Jimador Reposado Tequila
-1 Serrano Chile
-A Handful of Cilantro Leaves, roughly chopped (for garnish)
-1 Cup of Fresh Lime Juice (About 10 limes)
-1 Cup of Pineapple Juice
-Shot Glass to Measure
First, cut the chile in half. Take one half and do a rough dice, making sure to keep most of the seeds and white pulp. Throw that into a cocktail shaker and muddle the pepper to get the juices out. Then, to the shaker add a good handful of ice, 3 shots of tequila, 1 1/2 shots of lime juice, 1 1/2 shots of pineapple juice and a generous squeeze of Agave Nectar. Cover and shake. Strain over ice in a short glass filled with ice. Garnish with pinch of cilantro.
You should taste the lime and smooth tequila with the sweet pineapple and agave for balance. The heat will then hit you, but in a good way. The cilantro gives a nice fresh finish. Mas Malo has superior Mexican food, but we don’t all have the pleasure of living in Southern California. Sip the Pinata Smash, whip up some guacamole or pico de gallo and enjoy what the summer has left to give us.