Last Updated on April 7, 2022 by laurenpacek
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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*
Table of contents
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.
- A cocktail jigger - I love this little one!
- A Boston shaker
- A Hawthorne strainer
- Maybe a fine mesh strainer, too, if you want to double strain your drink
More margarita recipes
- 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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- 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.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 809Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2014mgCarbohydrates: 185gFiber: 6gSugar: 169gProtein: 2g