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This pineapple margarita was made for sipping in the sun! It's a tropical-tasting cocktail made with fresh pineapple purée, white tequila, lime juice, triple sec, and a sweet and spicy salt rim. It's simple to make, and it's ready in just 10 minutes!
It's really no secret that we love margaritas. We've shared pretty much every variation under the sun: fizzy lime margarita, rhubarb margarita, cranberry margarita, and coffee margarita. We've even made frozen margarita popsicles!
This pineapple margarita with fresh pineapple purée is what we reach for on hot sunny days. It's ultra-refreshing and the kick of tequila hits just right every time.
The fresh pineapple purée is an extra step, but it adds a really wonderful tropical vibe to the drink. To make it, peel and chop a quarter of a pineapple, toss it into your blender, and blend it until it's smooth.
Transfer the purée to a shaker or jar along with the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and some ice. Shake until it's cold, then pour it into glasses, and garnish with some pineapple.
We give the glass a sweet and spicy rim which plays so well with the fruity taste of the pineapple. You only need three ingredients, and it's an easy way to elevate your drink. (And thank you, Bar Chef, our favorite cocktail book, for the rim salt inspiration.)
What's in a pineapple margarita?
You only need four simple ingredients to make this fruity pineapple margarita recipe:
- Pineapple purée – we make fresh pineapple purée from pineapple chunks which gives this drink a bit of texture. You can certainly use pineapple juice if that's what you have on hand.
- White tequila – white tequila (also known as silver tequila or blanco tequila) is clear and clean-tasting, making it a wonderful choice for mixed drinks.
- Triple sec – triple sec adds a straightforward, strong citrus flavor. You can also use another orange liqueur like Cointreau instead.
- Lime juice – only freshly squeezed lime juice will do. Roll the limes against the counter for easier juicing!
Here's what you need for the sweet and spicy salt rim:
- Sea salt – we a fine-grain sea salt.
- Sugar – granulated sugar is what we use.
- Cayenne – cayenne adds the spicy element. We use a modest amount so free to adjust the amount you use based on how spicy you like it.
How to make a pineapple margarita
Pineapple margaritas are a delightful drink for dinner parties, happy hour, or anytime on a sunny day. They're also really easy to make! Here's how we make one in a few simple steps:
- Peel and core a quarter of a fresh pineapple and then chop it into chunks. Toss them into a blender and blend on high until smooth.
- Rim your glass with the sweet and spicy rim salt.
- Add the pineapple purée, tequila, triple sec, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker or glass jar and shake or stir until cold.
- Strain your pineapple margarita into a glass, garnish with a pineapple wedge, and serve!
Can I use pineapple juice instead of blending a pineapple?
Sure! If that's what you have on hand, go ahead and use it. We love the bit of texture that pineapple puree gives the drink, which is why we use fresh pineapple.
Can I make a pitcher of pineapple margaritas?
Absolutely! We love making margarita pitchers for a party! To scale up the recipe to a pitcher (aka party) size, simply use cups instead of ounces. If you want to make it ahead of time, mix all the ingredients together in the pitcher and refrigerate. Wait to add the ice until you're ready to serve.
I like a sweeter cocktail. Can I add simple syrup?
Yes, of course. For a sweeter cocktail, add a splash of simple syrup before you shake it up.
What's the best glass to use?
We use a rocks glass but you can also use a margarita glass for extra flair.
Pineapple margarita variations
Put a tasty spin on your pineapple margarita with one of these ideas:
- Pineapple jalapeño margarita – for a spicy pineapple margarita, add a few slices of fresh jalapeño to the shaker.
- Frozen pineapple margarita – if you love a slushy margarita, add all the ingredients to your high-speed blender with a handful of ice, and blend until smooth.
- Grilled pineapple margarita – you're hanging out on the patio, why not throw some pineapple on the barbecue? Grilling pineapple gives it a smoky flavor and brings out its natural sweetness. Grill the cored pineapple until lightly charred before adding it to your blender to make purée.
When to serve a pineapple margarita
This spin on the classic margarita is perfect for patio sipping, backyard parties, and weekend BBQs. Enjoy it with some chips and guacamole or with grilled foods of all kinds!
- 2 ounces pineapple puree (from ¼ fresh pineapple)
- 2 ounces white tequila
- 1 ounce Triple Sec
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
Sweet and Spicy Salt
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon cayenne
- Cut off the top and bottom of a pineapple and then cut it into 4 equal pieces. Use one piece then save the rest for another use. Slice off the peel and the hard inner core, chop the pineapple, and then put it into your blender. Blend on high until smooth. (Note: if you don't have a high-powered blender, you may want to strain the puree so there are no hard bits in it.)
- Mix the Sweet and Spicy Salt ingredients together in a small dish. Run a cut lime around the rim of a glass then dip the rim into the salt. Fill the glass with ice.1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, ½ teaspoon cayenne
- Put a handful of ice into a cocktail mixer or glass jar, add 2 ounces of the pineapple puree, the tequila, triple sec, and lime juice and stir until cold.2 ounces pineapple puree, 2 ounces white tequila, 1 ounce fresh lime juice, 1 ounce Triple Sec
- Strain the pineapple margarita into the glass and garnish with a slice of pineapple.
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