Looking for a new margarita to add to your collection? This Pineapple Margarita is a tasty twist on a traditional margarita with fresh pineapple juice, tequila, and orange liqueur. It's not too sweet and can be made in under 10 minutes! Add some pico guacamole and chips and happy hour is ready!
Now it's no secret that I love a good cocktail, especially one with a unique twist. And a margarita just might be my first love. This Pineapple Margarita is one of my favorites in our collection of 10 margaritas on the rocks recipes.
We don't mess around with our tequila.
Why you will love this recipe
➤ Fresh is best. There is no pre-mixed, bottled margarita mix here. Only the best juices, aged silver tequila, and the orange liqueur of your choice. You'll taste the difference that real ingredients make!
➤ A fun twist on a classic cocktail. A classic margarita is always a solid drink choice but it's fun to change things up once in a while and bring a taste of the tropics home.
➤ Make one or a batch: This recipe is written for one drink but can easily be multiplied to make a pitcherful.
You will find the usual list of marg ingredients for this easy cocktail.
Tequila: I always opt for silver or blanco tequila for this margarita. Just be sure you're buying 100% agave blanco tequila (and not one with a number of additives) to ensure a smooth margarita.
Pineapple Juice: This pineapple juice has just the right amount of sweetness and is easy to find at any grocery store.
Lime Juice: As with all cocktails, fresh is best.
Orange Liqueur: You can use Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, or Cointreau. (Cointreau is my fave for this drink.)
All good margs start with a properly salted rim.
Rim a glass with a lime wedge and invert it onto a salt-filled plate.
Fill a shaker with ice and add tequila, pineapple juice, and orange liqueur.
Add lime juice and simple syrup.
Cover shaker and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds to combine juices with liquors and make your drink cold. Fill salt-rimmed glass with ice and strain contents into shaker and serve.
I prefer to use a high-quality silver or blanco tequila in my margs. It’s a young tequila that is not aged for very long, which also makes it less expensive than a reposado or añejo tequila. Silver tequila mixes well with other liqueurs and juices, which is why you'll see it most often in mixed drink recipes.
The most important thing to remember is to buy a 100% agave tequila. It's the smoothest tequila, regardless of age (and is less likely to result in any morning after headaches - within reason, of course).
➤Triple Sec is a drier style of orange liqueur with a lower alcohol content than Cointreau or Grand Marnier. It's versatile and adds orange flavor and sweetness without the hefty price tag. You can pick up a bottle of triple sec for anywhere from $5.99- $15.99
➤Cointreau has a crisp smooth orange flavor and can be served on the rocks or mixed in cocktails. Its alcohol content is 80 proof and is about $25 a bottle
➤Grand Marnier is a mix of brandy, orange essence, and sugar. It's very smooth and drinkable but will change the flavor of a drink especially since it has brandy in it. We love to add it to our margaritas for special occasions. But be careful, it packs some punch at 80 proof and is around $30 a bottle.
You can easily make them ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them. Be sure to not add ice otherwise your drink will be diluted.
Expert Tips for the best pineapple margaritas
✘ Don't have a cocktail shaker? Use a large mason jar instead!
✘ Fresh lime juice is always best in cocktails. Bottled lime juice contains preservatives that dull the flavor and can create an imbalanced drink.
✘ Serving a crowd? Simply multiply the ingredients by the number of drinks needed and serve in a pitcher instead of shaking drinks individually. You can even make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for a few hours. Set out a salt rimming station and a bucket of ice for self-serving.
✘ Make your own simple syrup! It's cheaper and so easy to make simple syrup at home. Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.
✘ Add a little heat to your drink. Try muddling a few jalapeno slices in your shaker before adding the rest of the ingredients. The subtle heat from the jalapeno combined with the pineapple juice is fabulous! If you make this variation ahead of time, don't do it more than 4 hours ahead of time otherwise the jalapeno will overpower the drink.
✘ Use good salt. Our "house" brand of salt is Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt, so that's most often what I use for margaritas because it's what I have on hand. You can also use a coarser-grained sea salt for a bigger wow factor.
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Easy Pineapple Margarita
- kosher salt
- lime wedges
- 2 ounces tequila
- 2 ounces Pineapple Juice
- 1 ounce Orange Liqueur
- 1 ounces fresh lime juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- pineapple wedge for serving
- Pour coarse kosher salt on a small plate.kosher salt
- Rim a low ball glass with a lime wedge and invert glass onto the salt-filled plate and twist to rim edge of the glass in salt. Turn the glass over and set it aside.lime wedges
- Fill a shaker with ice. Add tequila, orange liqueur, juices, and simple syrup to the shaker. Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds to.2 ounces tequila, 2 ounces Pineapple Juice, 1 ounce Orange Liqueur, 1 ounces fresh lime juice, ½ ounce simple syrup
- Fill salted glass with ice and strain mixture into the glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and serve!pineapple wedge for serving
Nutrition info not guaranteed to be accurate.