Get your tropical cocktail on with these Fresh Pineapple Margaritas. They're super easy to make and perfect for any weekend BBQ or sunny after work patio drink. Drink up!
Hello. sunny summer margariiiiiiitas!!! ☀️
You guys, I couldn't be any more excited about life right now.
- There is sunshine streaming through my window. I am 100% a summer girl. Hot weather and bright sun feel like life to me. After what was one of the longest and coldest winters in history, summer has FINALLY arrived. I feel like I've come alive.
- I'm riding the high from our long weekend camping trip. Camping is my FAVORITE. The fresh forest air, the marshmallows, smokies roasted on the campfire, the cozy fort we build with mountains of blankets in our tent … I love all of it. This trip was extra special as we brought our little girl on her first camping trip. She loved it and was a happy camper the whole time. Badum ching 🥁
- I've been sipping Fresh Pineapple Margaritas and calling it work. Seriously guys, this is real world food blogger liiiife. I set up my ‘studio' (aka my kitchen table – all glam here) to take these pics at the end of a long day. Just as I was finishing, my handsome man walked through the door and we got to sit together and drink margs and talk about our days. Love my life. 💕
Let's talk about these Fresh Pineapple Margaritas …
Honestly, the concept here is simple. Take a regular margarita, muddle some pineapple into it, and voila! you have fancy pants summer cocktail in hand.
The whole muddling thing might sound a little over the top, but trust me, this drink is super easy to make. Muddling fruit, veggies, or herbs into alcohol gives the alcohol the flavor you're looking for without having to infuse it for a long time. And all it really takes is putting the pineapple into a jar or shaker with the booze and bashing it around until it breaks down.
You can pick up a cheap muddler (like the one in the photo above) for about $5 on Amazon, or you can use the end of a wooden spoon. It will take you a little longer with a wooden spoon, but it will give you the same results in the end.
What you'll create with all that muddling is a margarita that has the sweet/ tart taste of pineapple. They're just a little addictive.
And the Sweet and Spicy Rim Salt …
Every good margarita has to have salt on the rim. There's a law about that somewhere, I'm sure. Definitely don't break it.
The idea for the Sweet and Spicy Rim Salt came from my all-time favorite cocktail book, Bar Chef. Have you heard of it? If you like cocktails and don't already own a copy please promise me you'll buy the book. It will change your life for the boozier. Trust me on this one.
One of the recipes in the book calls for a roasted black pepper sugar rim. (That stuff is like crack, btw.) I love the contradiction between the sweet and spicy and thought it would work well with a margarita.
This rim salt is made with sea salt, sugar, and cayenne for that sweet/salty/spicy combo.
There's one more thing we need to talk about …
This one is a bit of a rant. I apologize in advance.
We need to talk about lime cordial. And for that matter let's throw in that premixed margarita crap you find in buckets at cheap stores. I KNOW you know what I'm talking about. → insert looking at gross food face.
Margaritas a literally made with three ingredients. THREE. That's all. Why why why must one of those easy to find and delicious ingredients be replaced with a totally gross ingredient. It makes no sense!
Lime cordial tastes fake. There's no way to get around it. And that premixed crap? Ok ok I'm taking a deep breath and trying not to let this rant get that out of control.
Grab a lime, your bottle of tequila, and some triple sec, and make your marg. That is ALL you need. If you've run out of triple sec, you can use simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water) in a pinch. But PLEEEEEEEASE don't use lime cordial.
Ok, my rant is over. Thank you for letting me get that off my chest.
Now let's cheers and sip our Fresh Pineapple Margaritas and sit back and enjoy this summery day. To you, my friend!
If you make these Fresh Pineapple Margaritas make sure you snap a pic and tag #theendlessmeal on Instagram so I can like and comment on your pictures. I love seeing TEM recipes you create!
- ¼ fresh pineapple
- 8 ounces white tequila
- 4 ounces Triple Sec or Cointreau
- 2 ounces fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon cayenne
- Mix all the Sweet and Spicy Salt ingredients together in a small dish. Run a cut lime around the rims of 4 glasses them run the wet rims through the salt.
- Cut the ends off the pineapple and cut in half lengthwise then again so you have 4 long strips. Cut the peel off one of the strips and then cut into 1-inch pieces.
- Place 4 pineapple slices into a cocktail shaker or mason jar and top with the tequila and Triple Sec or Cointreau. Muddle for about one minute, or until the pineapple looks pulpy.
- Add the lime juice and some ice to the shaker stir to cool. Strain into the salt-rimmed glasses and garnish with lime slices and pineapple wedges.
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