This Pineapple Margarita is sweet, a little tart, and pleasantly spicy. Fresh jalapeños are used to make the tequila, simple syrup, and as a garnish.
Margaritas are always a great cocktail choice. There's no denying that. If you ever feel like you need to switch things up a little bit, I highly recommend that you add a little spice to your margs. This margarita isn't overpoweringly spicy by any means. They have a really nice background level of heat, and the jalapeños actually add a really delicious flavor to the drink, too.
In addition to being really delicious, they're gorgeous. I mean, look at them. Especially when you rim your glass with salt and Tajín and add some fresh jalapeño slices to the glass. *chef's kiss*
Want more margarita recipes? Try my Blood Orange Margarita or Pomegranate Margarita!
🌟 Why You'll Love This Recipe
It's easy to make. All you need to do is shake up a few ingredients and strain them into a glass with ice!
It's delicious. This margarita is sweet, tart, and a little spicy!
It's a beautiful drink. It's a vibrant yellow color, and the green sliced jalapeños are a prefect complementary garnish.
💭 What is a Pineapple Margarita
This pineapple jalapeño margarita is made with jalapeño-infused tequila and simple syrup, as well as lime and pineapple juices.
Margaritas typically have a salt rim (or maybe sugar, if you're like my husband), but I opted for a salt and Tajín mixture for this drink.
This rendition is sweet, tart, and a little spicy. All in all, it's fabulous. It's so delicious and very drinkable.
- Jalapeño Tequila - You could seek out some store bought version, if you'd like. But I highly recommend whipping up a batch of my homemade jalapeño tequila. It's so easy to do, and the payoff is big. Plus, you can control how spicy you allow it to get.
- Pineapple juice - I'm usually a big advocate of using fresh fruit juices in cocktails. However, I don't own a juicer (though if you do, feel free to juice some fresh pineapple). So I used canned pineapple juice, and it worked out really well.
- Lime juice - In this case, fresh is best!
- Jalapeño Simple Syrup - It's so easy to make, and is really flavorful and delicious.
- Salt and Tajín - For rimming the glass.
- Lime wedge, pineapple slice, jalapeño slices - Technically optional buttttt it really makes the drink pop.
👩🏻🍳 How to make a Pineapple Margarita
You'll start out by either dipping the rim of your glass into a bit of water or by running a wedge of lime around the rim. Next, dip the moistened rim into a mixture of kosher salt and Tajín. The Tajín will give you a little more flavor and heat. It's so delicious.
Next, the tequila, juices, and simple syrup go into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake it all up until it's very cold. Strain the marg into your prepared glass with ice. You can even double strain the drink (I know I'm only single straining in the photo below) if you want to make sure that none of the jalapeño seeds from the simple syrup make their way into the margarita.
Garnish the whole thing with a lime wedge, a fresh pineapple slice, and some jalapeño slices if you're feeling fancy. And you are. Trust me. I know that it might not seem totally necessary, but the garnish can really pull the whole thing together and make it really visually appealing.
🔗 More margarita recipes
Looking for more fabulous margarita recipes? Look through the photos and links below to find a new favorite!
- Blood Orange Margarita from Garnish
- Golden Margaritas from A Nerd Cooks
- Spicy Jalapeño Blackberry Margaritas from Feast and West
- Cadillac Margaritas from A Nerd Cooks
- Hibiscus Margarita from The Boozy Ginger
- Apple Cider Margaritas from A Nerd Cooks
❓ Frequently Asked Questions/Tips and Tricks
Sure! Just scale the proportions up as needed.
Oh yeah. Swap the tequila for mezcal, if you'd like. It will reduce the spiciness of the drink, but will give a nice smoky flavor.
I mean, yeah, but then it wouldn't be a pineapple margarita.
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- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon Tajín seasoning
- 1.5 ounces jalapeño tequila
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- 1 ounce lime juice
- ¾ ounces jalapeño simple syrup
- lime wedges pineapple slices, jalapeño slices, for garnish (optional)
- Combine the kosher salt and Tajín on a small plate. Rim the glass with the salt and Tajín mixture. Carefully fill the glass with ice. Set aside.
- Add the tequila, pineapple and lime juices, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until very cold.
- Carefully double strain the margarita into the prepared glass.
- Garnish with a lime wedge, pineapple slice, and some jalapeño slices, if desired.
- You can swap mezcal for tequila if you want a smokier margarita
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is a generated estimate and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
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