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Pineapple Margarita

This classic margarita is given an extra tropical twist with the addition of pineapple juice. You can also change it up by using jalapeño-infused tequila or chile simple syrup to make a spicy pineapple margarita! Either way, it’s a margarita cocktail you’ll want to keep in your rotation.

close vertical view of the pineapple margaritas with salted and garnished rims

I heart margaritas

As anyone who knows me understands, I LOVE margaritas. All margaritas. Although, as I’ve stated before, I generally prefer plain margaritas over the fruity kind. But the flavor of this pineapple margarita delivers all the things I love about this Cinco de Mayo drink, and I think you’ll love it too.

Here are other margaritas I have on this site: Cadillac (my all-time favorite), cucumber, raspberry, coconut, peach, Italian, avocado, blood orange, sangria, blue, pomegranate, cherry, cranberry, lemon, mango, jalapeño, melon, and mistletoe.

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As you can see, I love margaritas.

What is a pineapple margarita?

Margaritas have the base of tequila, orange liqueur, and sweet and sour – whether it’s a store-bought mix or you make it yourself, as I do. Most margaritas can be made either frozen or on the rocks. This pineapple margarita is no different. I have made this margarita both ways, and I can’t really say which I prefer.

This is a re-do of a much-loved recipe so I will include both variations in the recipe card below. The frozen version will be in the notes section.

The difference between the two is that in the rocks version, you use pineapple juice, but in the frozen version, you use fresh chunks of pineapple.

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helpful
Tips
  • Even though you use pineapple juice, I like to lime to this margarita to give it a nice zing.
  • Before juicing the lime, make sure you wash it. Here’s how – squirt some unscented, natural soap onto your hand and rub the lime between your palms. Then take a vegetable brush and scrub the skin. And lastly, run the lime under cold water to rinse all the soap off.
  • The other way to wash a lime is my preferred way: This vegetable and fruit cloth has a rough side and a smooth side. The rough side helps scrub the skin, and the smooth side shines the fruit. Run cold water on the fruit and take the rough side of the cloth and rub the skin of the citrus. Rinse thoroughly before juicing.
  • I like to use the orange liqueur Cointreau in my margaritas, but a more budget-friendly alternative is triple sec.
  • I’m using a blanco tequila, but you can use tequila reposado or añejo instead.
  • Chile simple syrup is my new favorite as it adds just the right spice to cocktails. But if you prefer, just use plain simple syrup – or if you like spice but don’t have chile simple syrup, you can always use some homemade jalapeño tequila.
  • I do love a salted rim. Here is my favorite lime salt.
  • Here’s how to salt the rim of the glass: wet your finger with either simple syrup or lime juice and rub it around the rim. Either sprinkle some flake salt on a plate or open the lime salt tin. Dip the rims of the glass in the salt, making sure to coat the rim thoroughly. With the glass upside down, shake off any loose salt before placing the glass right side up.
  • Want to make a pitcher of this margarita? Just use the slider in the recipe card to adjust how many servings you want.
  • I like to cut fresh pineapple wedges as a garnish, but you can either use pre-cut pineapple chunks, lime slices, or lime wedges as garnish.

Ingredients you’ll need for this recipe

  • Tequila
  • Cointreau or triple sec
  • Pineapple juice
  • Lime juice
  • Simple syrup

Do I need to use Patron Silver tequila? What alternatives are there?

I love Patron, which is a good quality tequila, but it does come with a hefty price. So, no, you can replace Patron with your favorite brand. Some great alternative brands that won’t empty your wallet are Epsolòn, and Lunazul.

If you want to read more about tequila, I have a guide here.

How to make a pineapple margarita

Pre-step

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Get a measuring glass and glassware. Cut a few pineapple wedges, make sure to cut a small slit in them so you can place them on the rim. You can also use pre-cut chunks of pineapple for the garnish or lime wedges. Set them aside.

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

Step one

If you’re going to salt the rims of the glass, do so now. Here’s how: wet your finger with either simple syrup or lime juice and rub it around the rim. Either sprinkle some flake salt on a plate or open the lime salt tin. Dip the rims of the glass in the salt, making sure to coat the rim thoroughly. With the glass upside down, shake off any loose salt before placing the glass right side up.

Step two

Gather the ingredients – tequila, orange liqueur, pineapple juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. (A)

Step three

Measure 4 ounces of tequila. (B)

tequila, cointreau, limes, pineapple juice, simple syrup on a table - and then the tequila measured out

Step four

Measure 1 ounce of orange liqueur. (C)

Step five

Measure 6 ounces of pineapple juice. (D)

Cointreau and pineapple juice measured out

Step six

Measure 1 ounce of lime juice. (E)

Step seven

Measure 3/4 ounce of chile simple syrup. (F)

Lime juice and chili simple syrup measured out

Step eight

Place the lid on the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Place a few fresh ice cubes in each glass. I’m partial to these big cubes.

Step nine

Strain, divide, and pour the liquid between the two glasses. Be careful not to pour over the salted rim, as you don’t want a salty margarita. Place a pineapple wedge on each glass rim.

A double old fashioned glass with pineapple on the salted rim and the margarita in it. There are more slices of pineapple in the back

Don’t these pineapple margaritas look delicious? Look at the red chile bits at the bottom of the glass! This is the perfect summertime drink! Can’t you see yourself drinking it at the side of a pool or on your shady patio?

Two margarita glasses on a table, one on a board and one in the back - both have salt on the rim and pineapple slices

You’re going to love the taste of this margarita.

Vertical view of a bowl type margarita glass with salt and a wedge of pineapple on the rim

I hope you enjoyed this pineapple margarita recipe. It’s super yummy.

Please feel free to leave me a comment telling me what your favorite margarita is.

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

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square photo with two margarita glasses filled with the margarita with pineapples on the rims and more on the table

Mouth Watering Pineapple Margarita

Make your tastebuds dance with this fun and refreshing pineapple margarita! Whip it up for your next happy hour and enjoy the fiesta!
5 from 13 votes
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: pineapple margarita
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Cocktails
Calories: 242kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce Cointreau (or triple sec)
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce chile simple syrup (or regular simple syrup – but the chile simple syrup gives it a nice zing)
  • 6 ounces pineapple juice

Garnish

Instructions

  • Fill your cocktail shaker halfway with ice, get a measuring glass, and margarita glasses. If you are going to salt your glasses, do so now. See the notes below on how.
  • Add tequila, orange liqueur, pineapple juice, lime juice, and simple syrup.
    4 ounces tequila, 1 ounce Cointreau, 1 ounce fresh lime juice, 6 ounces pineapple juice, 3/4 ounce chile simple syrup
  • Add fresh ice to the margarita glasses. Put the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Pour, divide, and strain into the margarita glasses. Add pineapple garnish to the rim of the glasses.
    2 half wheel fresh pineapple
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips
    • Even though you use pineapple juice, I like to lime to this margarita to give it a nice zing.
    • Before juicing the lime, make sure you wash it. Here’s how – squirt some unscented, natural soap onto your hand and rub the lime between your palms. Then take a vegetable brush and scrub the skin. And lastly, run the lime under cold water to rinse all the soap off.
    • The other way to wash a lime is my preferred way: This vegetable and fruit cloth has a rough side and a smooth side. The rough side helps scrub the skin, and the smooth side shines the fruit. Run cold water on the fruit and take the rough side of the cloth and rub the skin of the citrus. Rinse thoroughly before juicing.
    • I like to use the orange liqueur Cointreau in my margaritas, but a more budget-friendly alternative is triple sec.
    • I’m using a blanco tequila, but you can use tequila reposado or añejo instead.
    • Chile simple syrup is my new favorite as it adds just the right spice to cocktails. But if you prefer, just use plain simple syrup – or if you like spice but don’t have chile simple syrup, you can always use some homemade jalapeño tequila.
    • I do love a salted rim. Here is my favorite lime salt.
    • Here’s how to salt the rim of the glass: wet your finger with either simple syrup or lime juice and rub it around the rim. Either sprinkle some flake salt on a plate or open the lime salt tin. Dip the rims of the glass in the salt, making sure to coat the rim thoroughly. With the glass upside down, shake off any loose salt before placing the glass right side up.
    • Want to make a pitcher of this margarita? Just use the slider in the recipe card to adjust how many servings you want.
  • I like to cut fresh pineapple wedges as a garnish, but you can either use pre-cut pineapple chunks, lime slices, or lime wedges as garnish.
FROZEN MARGARITA ALTERNATIVE
If you want this frozen, here’s what you’ll need: a blender, measuring glass, and margarita glass. This is for one margarita, just multiply the ingredients for more.
Ingredients: 2 ounces tequila, 1 ounce orange liqueur, 1 ounce lime juice, 1/2 ounce simple syrup, 1/2 cup pineapple chunks, and ice.
  • In your blender receptacle add tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice.
  • Turn blender on for 1 minute until thick and frosty.
  • Pour into a margarita glass and add pineapple garnish.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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36 Comments

  1. Your fruit margaritas sound great as they are sweetened only naturally – I’m imagining this pineapple version to be sweet yet slightly tart and utterly refreshing. I love the thought of it.

  2. That is a gorgeous looking margarita! You are too funny! Drinking from a straw like a 10 year old! Great recipe, though!

  3. Something rather wonderful about a good margarita, and I do feel that adding pineapple is just an added bonus. I imagine the flavour is delicious. Loving the bottle of tequila.

  4. That looks absolutely delicious, and if anyone judges you for how you drink from a straw, well, just roll your eyes and ignore them!

  5. We have a friend visiting from out of town this weekend-might have to make this for her while we lounge in the pool!

  6. Just in time for patio season and bbq parties. Just like being in the tropics. The perfect summer cocktail.

  7. Another great cocktail recipe! We made this pineapple margarita this weekend and will definitely be making it again. It’s perfect for summer!

  8. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve had a margarita. This looks absolutely divine and refreshing. I cannot wait to give this a try…love summer drinks!

  9. This refreshing cocktail was the perfect blend of sweet and tangy flavors, and it transported me straight to a tropical paradise.

  10. I just loved the zing from the chile simple syrup! Spicy drinks are my new fave. This pineapple margarita will be my summer drink.

  11. This is officially my new favorite margarita! I made these for friends last night and they were the hit of our gathering!

  12. What a beautiful and delicious pineapple margarita! Can’t wait to make again over the next weekend for my friend’s BBQ garden party.

  13. This margarita seems really tasty and I like the option of making it spicy or jalapeño flavored as well. Thank you for sharing

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