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This matador cocktail recipe is the perfect poolside drink. It’s delicious, refreshing and will make you feel like you are on vacation whenever you drink it.

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There is something about the combination of tequila and fruit juice that makes this cocktail a favorite during the summertime.

But you shouldnt limit yourself to imbibing it only during the summer. Oh no. It’s delicious and satisfying no matter what time of year you drink it.

If I were to compare it to another cocktail, I’d say it’s like a fruity margarita.

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Helpful tips

  • Unless you enjoy drinking pineapple juice by the glass, buy it in small cans for stocking your bar. Cocktails don’t call for much juice and, even though small cans are a little more expensive, you won’t end up wasting what’s extra.
  • Before using them, wash the limes to remove any pesticides. Here’s how: Take a natural, unscented foaming soap (I buy Whole Foods’ 365 brand), squirt some on your hands and gently rub the skin of the lime between them. Thoroughly rinse all the soap off the lime.
  • I use very little simple syrup as the pineapple juice is sweet. Use as much as you like but if you have to add more do it by the teaspoon. And then taste it.
  • For a prettier presentation, garnish this cocktail with thin slices of pineapple.
  • To make the garnish, slice a ring off the pineapple, cut that ring in half and core it. Cut one of the halves again and I make a little cut in the quarters so I can slide them onto the lip of the glass.

How to make a matador cocktail

Pre-step

Get a cocktail shaker, measuring glass and glasses. Fill the shaker halfway with ice.

Cut a few pineapple wedges and cut a slit in the ends. Set aside for the garnish.

After measuring out the ingredients, pour them into the shaker.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – tequila, pineapple juice, limes and simple syrup.

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Step two

Measure 4 ounces of tequila. (A)

Step three

Measure 4 ounces of pineapple juice. (B)

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Step four

Measure 2 ounces of lime juice. (C)

Step five

Measure out 2 teaspoons of simple syrup. (D)

Lime juice and simple syrup measured for the cocktail with limes and the bottle in the backgroundPin

Step six

Add a few ice cubes to each glass, cap the shaker and shake for 15 seconds.

Strain and divide between the two glasses. Place 1 – 2 pineapple wedges on the sides of both the glasses.

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What about the vertical view?

Vertical view of the tulip glass filled with the drink with some pineapple slices on the side of the glassPin

Doesn’t this look yummy? It is super delicious! Wait and see.

I hope you enjoyed this matador cocktail recipe!

Other cocktails made with pineapple juice

And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!

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The Matador Cocktail

This matador cocktail is fruity, refreshing and is the perfect poolside drink.
5 from 9 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: matador cocktail, pineapple juice cocktail, tequila cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Cocktails
Calories: 188kcal

Ingredients

Here they are

  • 4 ounces tequila
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounce lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 2 teaspoons simple syrup

Garnish

  • 4 wedges pineapple (with a slit cut in each)

Instructions

  • Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice
  • Add tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice and simple syrup
    4 ounces tequila, 4 ounces pineapple juice, 2 ounce lime juice, 2 teaspoons simple syrup
  • Cap shaker and shake for 15 seconds
  • Add ice to each glass and divide liquid between the two glasses. Slide two pineapple wedges on the rim of each glass
    4 wedges pineapple
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips
  • Unless you enjoy drinking pineapple juice by the glass, buy it in small cans for stocking your bar. Cocktails don’t call for much juice and, even though small cans are a little more expensive, you won’t end up wasting what’s extra.
  • Before using them, wash the limes to remove any pesticides. Here’s how: Take a natural, unscented foaming soap (I buy Whole Foods’ 365 brand), squirt some on your hands and gently rub the skin of the lime between them. Thoroughly rinse all the soap off the lime.
  • I use very little simple syrup as the pineapple juice is sweet. Use as much as you like but if you have to add more do it by the teaspoon. And then taste it.
  • For a prettier presentation, garnish this cocktail with thin slices of pineapple.
  • To make the garnish, slice a ring off the pineapple, cut that ring in half and core it. Cut one of the halves again and I make a little cut in the quarters so I can slide them onto the lip of the glass.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 107mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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Originally published in September of 2017.

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24 Comments

  1. Lol, Would I lap this amazing cocktail off the floor, ahem, not from any floor but I definitely might from my Mother’s floor ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s 7 p.m. here and I would love to have a Matador right now! Your photos are a-ma-zing!

  2. Ha ha, I will have to keep the bulls away when I make this. It sounds like a delicious tropical punch and I might be in trouble if I put the booze in it, especially if I have more than one.

    1. Thanks so much Dahn! Lock up the booze after you make one and you will be set. Unless you know where the key is. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I made this cocktail for an at home “happy hour” and this was perfect!! So refreshing and flavorful!

  4. Yes!! We’re not vacationing anywhere anytime soon so this is perfect to sip on and pretend! haha! So light and refreshing!

  5. I have almost all of these ingredients. Bookmarked to make later, thanks for the recipe!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This matador cocktail is so beautiful!! I love the pineapple garnish and the beautiful yellow color!

  7. I love pineapple based cocktails! I may add a dash of ginger juice to this but thatโ€™s just me enjoying a bit of sharpness. Thanks for the brilliant cocktail idea.