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Pineapple Margarita – the Perfect Marriage

The Pineapple Margarita is the perfect marriage of one of the most loved tropical fruits, pineapple, with one of the most loved cocktails, the margarita. Once you try it, this will be your go to drink for pool parties, family gatherings or for celebrations such as Cinco de Mayo!

The classic margarita recipe uses tequila, lime juice and triple sec. Thus, it is not very high on sugar. This fruity spin adds the zing of the tropical pineapple to the classic cocktail and brings in a new life to it and gives the cocktail a soothing icy-greenish-yellow color.

Ingredients

  • Tequila – 1½ ounces or 44 ml (As always, we’ll suggest choosing either a Blanco or a reposado tequila)
  • Lime Juice – 1 ounce or 30 ml
  • Triple Sec – 1 ounce or 30ml
  • Pineapple Juice/ Frozen pineapples
  • Pineapple wedges for garnish
  • Ice cubes 

Preparation

The on-the rocks version is pretty simple to make. It uses pineapple juice and has a juice-like texture to it. To make this version follow the steps below.

  1. Add all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake until cold.
  2. Strain the drink from the cocktail shaker into the salty rimmed margarita glass.
  3. Add more ice cubes and garnish with fresh mint and pineapple wedges. 

The frozen pineapple margarita is fairly popular too. You’ll need to have frozen pineapple chunks for this version of the drink which has a smoothie like texture to it :

  1. Add the frozen pineapple chunks with all the other ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until it’s completely combined.
  3. Strain the drink in the salty-rimmed margarita glasses.
  4. Garnish with fresh mint and pineapple wedges.

Tequila Recommendations

Wondering which tequila to use with your juicy pineapples? We recommend the following tequilas, all 750 ml pricing, which will complement the sweetness of your pineapple with their smoothness and deep flavors :

  1. Cazadores Blanco Tequila – $25.99
  2. Espolòn Reposado Tequila – $ 26.99
  3. Olmeca Altos Plata – $ 26.98

You can also check out the original margarita recipe article to choose from a wide range of recommended tequilas.

Make your Pineapple Margarita Spicy

Pineapple’s sweet exuberance is beautifully complemented by hot and spicy flavors. Generally for this recipe jalapeños are most widely used. However, hotter peppers such as Serrano chilies and Habanero peppers are also being increasingly used by the spice-lovers.

So, the deal is that you choose your spice and we’ll give you the recipe :

  1. Place 3-4 slices of the pepper you’ve chosen in a cocktail shaker, muddle it properly. If you’re using pineapple chunks instead of pineapple juice, muddle them along.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients – tequila, lime juice, triple sec, ice and pineapple juice (if not using chunks) to the shaker and shake nicely.
  3. Fine strain the drink into your margarita salt rimmed glasses.
  4. Add more ice cubes and garnish with mint and thin wedges of the pepper you’ve used.

Additional Tips

  • For frozen pineapple margarita, using fresh pineapples is equally good as an option. However, using frozen ones requires no dicing of the fruit into chunks and at the same time provides a frothy texture to the drink. 
  • Generally, we add sweeteners to the fruity margaritas to add to its flavors. Pineapples, however, add a decent amount of sweetness to the drink on their own. If you still wish to add some agave syrup or maple syrup or simple syrup to your drink, go for it!
  • Playing with the rim – Using salt on your glass rim is the classic way, but with fruity margaritas, there’s always scope of a little play. Use some sugar instead to make it a little sweeter, or use some chili powder to complement the sweetness of the drink with some spice. 
  • Remember the garnish – A simple pineapple slice is good to go. Adding fresh mint to it, even better. You can also use jalapeño wedges on the rim to complement the sweetness of the drink or go with little jalapeño slices into the drink.

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