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Looking for a refreshing and tropical twist on a classic margarita? Try a Pineapple Margarita! This delicious cocktail is made with pineapple juice, zesty lime juice, and tequila, creating a sweet and tangy flavor that is perfect for sipping on a warm day.

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Why We Love This Recipe

Pineapple margaritas are a delicious and refreshing twist on the classic margarita. The combination of sweet pineapple, tangy lime juice, and smooth tequila creates a perfect balance of flavors that is sure to please your taste buds.

Pineapple margaritas are also versatile and can be enjoyed in a variety of settings, from sipping by the pool to serving at a dinner party. They are easy to make and can be customized to suit your personal taste preferences.

Whether you prefer your margarita with a salt rim or without, one thing is for sure – pineapple margaritas are a delicious and refreshing cocktail that is perfect for any occasion.

Pineapple Margarita Recipe Ingredients

  • Tequila Blanco – Blanco Tequila sourced from 100% agave is best for margaritas.
  • Triple Sec – Triple Sec is an affordable mixer with a vibrant orange flavor that is perfect when paired with pineapple. You can also use Cointreau, which has a softer, deeper flavor, or even Grand Marnier or Orange Curaçao. Note that the flavor and alcohol content will vary with these substitutions. 
  • Pineapple Juice – 100% pineapple juice is best – avoid “cocktail” as it contains other flavors and extra sugar
  • Fresh Lime Juice – Roll the lime on the counter with the palm of your hand before slicing, to bring out more juice.
  • Garnishes – Salt, Lime, and/or Pineapple wedges.

How To Make A Pineapple Margarita

See the recipe card below for full, detailed instructions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Measure out each ingredient and add to the cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake for 20 seconds.
  4. Pour into a cocktail glass filled with ice and serve.
  5. Garnish the glasses with a fresh pineapple wedge or lime wedge.
Images of a jigger pouring margarita ingredients into a cocktail glass.

How To Make A Salt Rim

I like to serve this in a salt-rimmed glass. I also like to top with a slice of pineapple and/or lime.

To salt the rim of the margarita glass:

  • Run lime along the rim of the glasses.
  • Dip in margarita salt. You could also dip in sugar for a sweeter margarita, or add tajin to the salt for a spicy one.

What Is The Best Tequila For Margaritas?

The type of tequila used can also make a big difference in the flavor of the margarita. Blanco or silver tequila is a popular choice because it has a smooth and clean taste that pairs well with the sweetness of the pineapple.

However, reposado or añejo tequila can also be used for a more complex and robust flavor profile.

Skinny Margarita

A light and refreshing version of the classic cocktail with fewer calories and less sugar, for a guilt-free treat.

Recipe FAQs

What is the ratio for a margarita cocktail?

The classic margarita cocktail is made with a simple ratio of 2:1:1, which refers to two parts tequila, one part lime juice, and one part orange liqueur. This ratio is considered the perfect balance of sweet, sour, and boozy flavors in a margarita.

What is the best tequila to use for margaritas?

The type of tequila used can also make a big difference in the flavor of the margarita. Blanco or silver tequila is a popular choice because it has a smooth and clean taste that pairs well with the sweetness of the pineapple.

However, reposado or añejo tequila can also be used for a more complex and robust flavor profile.

Can you make margaritas in advance?

Yes, you can definitely make margaritas in advance! In fact, making margaritas ahead of time can be a great way to save time and effort when hosting a party or gathering.

To make margaritas in advance, you can mix together the tequila, lime juice, pineapple juice, and orange liqueur in a large container or pitcher and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

It’s best to wait to add ice until right before serving, as this will prevent the margarita from becoming watered down. You can also consider blending with ice and serving it as a frozen margarita.

Recommended Kitchen Tools

Tools for making margaritas.

Margarita Glasses

Margarita Salt

Variations

Spicy – You can make this spicy by adding Tajin seasoning salt to the rim and tossing in a couple of jalapenos. 

Pitcher Margaritas – You can make this recipe for a crowd by preparing in a pitcher. Just multiply by the number of drinks you need and increase the recipe accordingly. Mix in a large pitcher and keep in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Do not add ice if preparing in advance.

Cadillac Margarita A high class version of a classic, this variation has a layer of Grand Marnier liqueur floating on top. dd

Helpful Tips

  • Clear, purified ice is best. You can get this at most grocery stores or even gas stations. 
  • Cubed ice is best – crushed or nugget ice melts too fast in the cocktail and can water it down. 
  • 100% pineapple juice is best – avoid “cocktail” as it contains other flavors and extra sugar.
  • True margaritas are shaken, not stirred. Shake for about 20 seconds for a properly mixed and chilled cocktail. 
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Recipe

Pineapple Margarita

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This Pineapple Margarita recipe is a fruity twist on a classic cocktail! Made with pineapple juice, tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ ounces Tequila Blanco
  • 1 ounce Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Optional: Salt to garnish rim, pineapple and lime for garnish
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Instructions
 

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Measure out each ingredient and add to the cocktail shaker.
  • Shake for 20-30 seconds.
  • Pour into a cocktail glass filled with ice and serve. Garnish with a wheel of lime or a pineapple wedge.
  • Optional – Before filling, salt the rim of the glasses. Run a lime wedge along the rim to wet, them dip in margarita salt.

Notes

  • Pitcher Margaritas – You can make this recipe for a crowd by preparing in a pitcher. Just multiply by the drinks you need and increase the recipe accordingly. Mix in a large pitcher and keep in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Do not add ice if preparing in advance.
  • Cubed Ice is best – crushed or nugget ice melts too fast in the cocktail and can water it down. 

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 63mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 9IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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