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This pineapple Margarita is a refreshing summer cocktail. It’s served poolside at Mexican resorts and beachfront cantinas. Fresh, tangy, sweet and delicious, it’s a great way to beat the heat and stay cool. Serve this tasty drink over ice in a glass rimmed with Tajin.
💛 Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s simple to make with basic ingredients. Supermarkets stock Dole Pineapple Juice year round. And when fresh Mexican/Key limes are not in season, you can easily find a bottle of Key lime juice at the market.
- It’s a Mexican resort recipe. Five months a year I live in Mexico along Flamingos Beach surrounded by giant all-inclusive resorts. A bartender from an AI resort shared this pineapple Margarita recipe with me.
- You can try delicious variations. For a frozen pineapple Margarita, blend the ingredients with a scoop of ice in a high-speed blender. For a spicy pineapple Margarita, add sliced jalapeños to the finished cocktail. Or for a cocktail with a smoky flavor, use mezcal instead of tequila.
- It’s a vacation in a glass. With all the tropical flavors we love, it’s like taking a trip across the border to Mexico – land of pineapples, Tajin seasoning, and fabulous tequila cocktails.
- Perfect for many occasions: Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday, parties large and small, Game Day gatherings, and for relaxing on the porch or around the pool on hot-weather days.
- Pineapple Juice: This is the base of our sweet and tart pineapple Margarita. The juice should be 100% pure, not from concentrate.
- Silver Tequila: This young tequila has a strong agave flavor which is fantastic for this authentic Margarita. I prefer Patron tequila.
- Cointreau: This is an orange-flavored liqueur made from sweet and bitter orange peels. Its orange-forward flavor is excellent for Margaritas. But feel free to use a less expensive triple sec if that’s what you have on hand, or the more expensive Grand Marnier for a high-end cocktail.
- Lime Juice: Adds a fresh tart taste that pairs well with pineapple. For an authentic Mexican flavor and aroma, squeeze the juice from Mexican limes (same as Florida Key limes).
- Tajin Clasico: A chili-lime seasoning with salt that’s made in Jalisco, Mexico. It’s tangy and slightly spicy. It’s a traditional choice for rimming the glass of a pineapple Margarita. It enhances the sweet/sour taste of the cocktail. For a sweet rim (no salt, no spice), use fine sugar instead.
📖 Recipe Steps
RECIPE PREP: Rim the glass. 👉🏻 Add Tajin seasoning to a wide shallow ramekin or small plate. Slice a lime in half, then cut a notch in one half. Run it over the rim of the glass to moisten it. Dip and roll the wet rim in the Tajin (outside of the rim only). Add ice to the glass. Set it aside.
🍍 Make the Pineapple Margarita
- Add ice cubes to a cocktail shaker or mason jar. Pour pineapple juice into the container.
- Add freshly-squeezed lime juice to the shaker.
- Pour in the silver tequila.
- Drizzle in the Cointreau (or another type of triple sec).
- Firmly attach the lid to the cocktail shaker. Shake the ingredients for 10 to 15 seconds until well combined and chilled.
- Strain the drink into the Tajin-rimmed glass of ice. Garnish as desired with a pineapple wedge, pineapple frond, or a wedge of lime.
🍹How to Scale Up the Recipe for Parties
Hosting a party? Pull out a large beverage container. Scale up this recipe to serve a crowd. Here’s the math for making 16 pineapple Margaritas.
- 4 cups pineapple juice
- 1 1/2 cups Key lime juice
- 3 cups silver tequila
- 1 1/2 cups Cointreau
- Ice cubes, for stirring (instead of shaking) and serving
👩🏻🍳 Recipe FAQ
These are the most commonly-asked questions for making the BEST-tasting Pineapple Margarita and the most helpful answers for recipe success.
Both types are fabulous for making Margaritas. The type used just depends on the taste you’re craving. Silver tequila is a young, un-aged tequila with an intense agave-forward flavor. Gold tequila has been aged in oak barrels for several years. It has a smooth mellow taste.
Hands down, I recommend Dole pineapple juice. It tastes just like fresh pineapple juice from Mexico or Hawaii. It comes in a metal can. Look for it at the market in the juice aisle.
A sweetened distilled spirit with orange flavoring – a type of triple sec. One of the best tasting is Cointreau, and the more expensive Grand Marnier which has a more complex flavor profile. Take a deep dive into triple secs and orange liqueurs with this article by liquor.com.
Whenever possible, always use fresh Mexican limes (same as Florida Key limes). But when limes are not in season, I highly recommend using “Nellie & Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice.” It comes in a bottle.
Rim the cocktail glass with Tajin Classico. After pouring pineapple Margarita into the glass, drop in 3 to 4 slices of jalapeño and stir.
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This pineapple Margarita is sweet, tangy, cool and refreshing. Served in a glass rimmed with salty chili-lime seasoning or sugar. A perfect cocktail for Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday, and hot-weather days.
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) pineapple juice
- 1.5 ounces (3 tablespoons) silver tequila (or 2 ounces for a stronger drink)
- .75 ounce (1 1/2 tablespoons) lime juice, freshly squeezed from Key limes
- .75 ounce (1 1/2 tablespoons) Cointreau
- Ice cubes, for the shaker
For Rimming, Garnishing & Serving
- 1/2 lime, for moistening rim of the glass
- Tajin Clasico, for a salty spicy rim (or fine sugar for a sweet rim)
- Pineapple wedge, for garnishing
- Ice cubes
- Rim the glass. 👉🏻 Add Tajin to a wide ramekin or small plate. Slice a lime in half, then cut a notch in one half. Run it over the rim of the glass to moisten it. Dip and roll the wet rim in the Tajin (the outside of the rim only). Add ice to the glass. Set it aside.
- Add ice cubes to a cocktail shaker or mason jar. Pour in pineapple juice, silver tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau. Firmly attach the lid to the cocktail shaker. Shake the ingredients for 10 to 15 seconds until well combined and chilled.
- Strain the drink into the prepared glass of ice. Garnish as desired with a pineapple wedge, pineapple frond, or a wedge of lime. Serve and enjoy.
For a spicy pineapple Margarita: After straining the cocktail into the glass, add 3 to 4 slices fresh jalapeño and stir to release the spicy flavor.
- Prep Time: 5 Minutes
- Category: Cocktails
- Method: Shaking
- Cuisine: Mexican
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