With the summer season just around the corner, I am ready to start mixing up some of my favorite cocktails! This easy pineapple margarita is a tasty and smooth drink that’s perfect for enjoying as a poolside drink or with your favorite Mexican dish.
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Why You'll Love This Pineapple Margarita
One of the most recognizable and famous Mexican drinks is the Margarita, an extremely easy and tasty Tequila cocktail.
My recipe will show you how to prepare a fantastic fruity margarita completely from scratch. Mixing up your own drinks is so much fun - and you can taste the difference. Also, it doesn't involve pre-made mixes; you'll create your mix from natural ingredients.
History Behind Margaritas
The margarita is a popular and traditional classic cocktail made with tequila!
It was created in 1938 by Don Carlos Orozco at his restaurant in Tijuana. The first recorded recipe for a margarita appeared in 1953 and has been one of the most popular cocktails since then.
Combining Tequila, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup, and triple sec shake in a cocktail shaker served on the rocks or mixed in a blender and then frozen to create the traditional margarita.
Not to mention, it has always been associated with Mexican food and is the Cinco de Mayo drink of choice here in the United States.
Besides the traditional margarita recipe, my favorite margarita variations are the tamarind margarita and this pineapple margarita (I guess it’s because of the acidity of these two fruits)!
Before I share my margarita recipe, here are a few of the most frequent questions about the homemade pineapple margarita.
What is the best kind of tequila to use in margaritas?
The Best choice to prepare a margarita is tequila Blanco, also known as silver tequila. This tequila is unaged and with a smooth flavor. Another option is tequila reposado, a tequila that has been aged for up to a year with a more robust flavor.
For this pineapple margarita, I’m using Tequila Cazadores, known for its taste, smoothness, versatility, and good-quality tequila.
Where did margaritas come from?
There are several different stories regarding the origin of the classic Margarita cocktail. One goes back to the state of Puebla, where a bartender created a cocktail for a young lady that liked to add salt to her cocktails and was tired of asking for salt every time she ordered a drink.
The bartender mixed together this cocktail and served it in a glass with a salted rim. He named it after the young lady: Margarita.
Regardless of whether the story is true or not, the truth is that margarita is loved worldwide!
What is the best type of glass to use for margaritas?
The traditional margarita is served in a special margarita glass (garnished with a slice of orange or lime), but nowadays, with more and more versions of margarita recipes being created, margaritas are offered in a variety of different glasses.
How do you make natural sugar syrup?
To make the natural sugar syrup:
- Mix a half cup of sugar with a half cup of water.
- Place this mixture in a small saucepan and stir on medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
- Wait until it cools before using, and reserve the extra syrup for future uses.
That's it! It's super simple!
Ingredients for a Pineapple Margarita
This pineapple margarita is actually really easy to make.
Here is the list of ingredients you will need:
- Frozen pineapple chunks
- Tequila Cazadores
- Triple sec
- Natural sugar syrup
- Lime juice
- Ice cubes
- Sea salt
- Piquín powder (or cayenne pepper)
- Cherries (to garnish)
Please note: For exact measurements of the ingredients listed above, scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this post!
I am splitting the instructions into easy sections to make it easier for you.
Blend the ingredients
- Place the pineapple chunks, tequila, triple sec, natural syrup, and lime juice in your blender.
- Blend in the highest setting until you have a very smooth mixture.
- Add the ice cubes to the blender, making sure they go all the way to the bottom where the blades are, and continue blending until very smooth.
Serve your pineapple margarita
- Serve in the prepared glass or pitcher of your choice.
- To prepare the glasses, dab the rims with a lime wedge and then dip them into a small plate of salt (mixed with the Piquín or cayenne pepper powder, if using).
- Add a pineapple wedge for decoration.
Enjoy your frozen pineapple margaritas!
🍽 Side Dishes to Enjoy your Pineapple Margarita
This margarita is the perfect cocktail to serve at your next party! Add it to the table with a bowl of chunky guacamole and some crispy tortilla chips. Guests will also really enjoy queso fundido with chorizo. It is extra cheesy and delicious!
I hope you make this pineapple margarita! If this recipe was of any help to you, come back to let me know your experience. Please leave us a comment below and tell us all about it!
- 8 oz. Frozen pineapple chunks about 1¾ cup
- 3 ounces Tequila Cazadores
- 1½ ounces Triple Sec
- 2½ ounces Natural Sugar Syrup*
- 1¼ ounces Lime Juice
- 2 cups of ice cubes
- 1 tbsp. sea salt
- ½ tsp. Piquín or cayenne pepper powder to mix with the salt (optional)
- 2 cherries to garnish
- Place the pineapple chunks, tequila, triple sec, natural syrup, and lime juice in your blender. Blend in the highest setting until you have a very smooth mixture.
- Add the ice cubes to the blender, making sure that they go all the way to the bottom of blades, and continue blending until very smooth. Serve in the prepared glass of your choice.
- To prepare the glasses, dab the rims with a lime wedge and then dip them into a small plate of salt (mixed with the Piquín or cayenne pepper powder, if using). Enjoy your Frozen Pineapple Margarita!
- To make the Natural Sugar Syrup, mix half a cup of sugar with half a cup of water. Place this mixture in a small saucepan and heat until the sugar dissolves. Wait until it cools before using, and reserve the extra syrup for future uses.
- If you want to coat your glass rim with a sweet & spicy salt mix, check out our recipe for Chamoy. It is totally addictive!
- Fresh pineapple chunks can be used for this recipe. Just add ice to your desired consistency.
- You can use any orange liqueur like Triple sec, Grand Marnier, or Cointreau.