Easy Breezy Pineapple Margarita

Two rimmed rocks glasses filled with ice and pineapple margarita. Garnished with a slice of pineapple.

Turn your backyard into a four star resort when you serve these refreshing Pineapple Margarita Cocktails. Serve on the rocks with a salty sugary rim and enjoy!

Every day is a fiesta when you have a margarita in your hand. Start your day with authentic Chilaquiles Verdes or enjoy a Tex-Mex dinner featuring super easy Saucy Crock Pot Taco Meat.

Two rimmed rocks glasses filled with ice and pineapple margarita. Garnished with a slice of pineapple.

The Perfect Pineapple Margarita

It’s impossible to resist this easy pineapple margarita, in fact it’s hard to resist TWO pineapple margaritas! We’ve been making these amazing Mexican cocktails on repeat ever since I came up with this recipe.

This cocktail really isn’t too different from a classic margarita. However, you may find yourself feeling extra ‘healthy’ due to the addition of pineapple juice.

My pineapple margarita recipe contains all the usual margarita suspects. Tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup, lime and fresh pineapple juice are essential. We like to have ours on the rocks in a glass rimmed with salt and sugar. Don’t forget the bright yellow wedge of pineapple for the perfect (and easy) garnish.

waiting rimmed rocks glasses filled with ice and garnished with a slice of pineapple.

What is a Margarita?

A margarita is a cocktail featuring tequila, triple sec (or other orange based liqueur), and lime juice. They are usually served in either a rocks glass or a special margarita coupe with a salt rim. These popular cocktails can either be served on the rocks or as a blended or ‘frozen’ margarita.

It’s historically likely that this cocktail dates back to the arrival of the Spanish, who brought the popular Spanish ‘Daisy’ cocktails to Mexico. Daisy cocktails (margarita means daisy in Spanish) use brandy as a base spirit instead of tequila.

Though there are many various stories on the origin of the margarita cocktail, the first known publication of a margarita recipe was in the December 1953 issue of Esquire Magazine.

Two empty rimmed rocks glasses filled with ice and garnished with a slice of pineapple.

Pineapple Margarita Ingredients

  • tequila
  • Cointreau
  • lime juice
  • simple syrup
  • pineapple juice
  • ice

The ingredients are minimal, but the flavour is out of this world. Use fresh lime juice both in the drink and on the rim before you add salt.

There’s a wide range of orange flavoured liqueurs on the market. We always buy Cointreau, a colourless orange based liqueur. However, Triple Sec, Curaçao, or even Grand Marnier (which is a Cadillac Margarita) are wonderful substitutes.

Not all margaritas require simple syrup. However, we like our margaritas on the strong side and prefer to sweeten to taste. You can omit the simple syrup or add as much as you like.

Pineapple juice is not an optional ingredient in a Pineapple Margarita. We buy the six pack of 1 L tetra packs at Costco because we love it so much. Note that pineapple juice is notorious for settled solids so it’s really important to shake it up before using.

While most margarita recipes call for tequila blanco, we prefer slightly aged smoother Reposado tequila. You don’t need to break the bank buying a good tequila, just get one that is slightly smoother than the ubiquitous tequila shot tequila. Shudder.

A cocktail being poured into a waiting rimmed rocks glass filled with ice and garnished with a slice of pineapple.

Let’s Talk Tequila

Tequila is a distilled liquor made from the leaves of the blue agave plant made in the central western Mexican state of Jalisco.

It is popular sipped straight from a caballito, or shot glass (with a side of Sangrita) or as part of popular cocktails such as the Paloma, some Martini variants, Tequila Sunrise, the Matador, Vampiro, and of course, the Margarita.

In general, there are three categories of tequila based on aging. With time, the tequila becomes mellower and takes on characteristics of the flavours of the barrels.

Unaged white tequila, or Blanco is stored immediately after distillation in stainless steel or neutral oak barrels.

Tequila Reposado is aged a minimum of two months (but no more than a year) in oak barrels.

Añejo or ‘aged’ tequila has been aged in oak barrels for a minimum of a year (and up to 3 years). Any tequila aged longer than three years is included in the new category Extra Añejo.

There are two further sub categories of tequila based on the percentage of blue agave used during production. Tequila mixtos contains at least 51% blue agave, along with other sugars. while the other is 100% agave.

A rimmed rocks glass filled with ice and pineapple margarita. Garnished with a slice of pineapple.

How to Make Simple Syrup

They don’t call it ‘simple’ syrup for nothing. It’s so easy to make, you will wonder why it is even sold in fancy liquor stores.

To make simple syrup, pour 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar in a saucepan. Stir and heat the mixture on medium high heat until it simmers and the sugar has dissolved.

Allow the simple syrup to cool to room temperature before using in a cocktail. It will keep in the fridge for up to one month.

*if you make rich simple syrup the ratio of sugar to water is 2:1 with the exact same process.

Two rimmed rocks glasses filled with ice and pineapple margarita. Garnished with a slice of pineapple.

How to Make a Pineapple Margarita

Making a pineapple margarita is not rocket surgery. The first thing you need to do is get your glasses ready. A salt rim is the most traditional way to serve a margarita, though we prefer to rim our glasses with a combination of salt and sugar.

For the rimmer: Mix 2 tbsp kosher salt with 2 tbsp granulated sugar and spread the mixture on a plate. Moisten the rims of two rocks glasses with lime juice, then rim glass by rotating each glass upside down in the mixture on the plate. That’s it!

Now onto the cocktail. Firstly, fill each glass with ice. Next, fill a Boston shaker halfway with ice then add tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup, pineapple juice, and lime juice to the cocktail shaker.

Fit the shaker lid on tight, then shake until the shaker feels cold and is frosty. Strain the cocktail equally into each glass. Garnish the cocktails with a wedge of pineapple or lime wedges.

Close up of a margarita in a glass with rimmer and pineapple garnish.

Other Variations

As a rule a ‘margarita’ refers to the classic cocktail with lime juice. There are many margarita recipes featuring other fruit juices (plus lime juice), Usually, the new name will include the fruit used in the variation.

  • Frozen Margarita – ingredients are processed with ice in a blender or margarita machine.
  • Sunset Margarita – with carbonated fruit punch soda (or orange juice and pomegranate juice) instead of Cointreau.
  • Paloma – with carbonated grapefruit juice or Squirt.
  • Veggie Margarita – versions containing vegetables such as carrots, celery, or cucumber.
  • Mezcalrita – a margarita with Mezcal instead of Tequila.
  • Beermarita – served with an overturned beer.
  • Spicy Margarita – includes jalapeño or habanero syrup and a spicy rim.

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Yield: 2 cocktails

Easy Breezy Pineapple Margarita

A rimmed rocks glass filled with ice and pineapple margarita. Garnished with a slice of pineapple.

Your backyard becomes a four star resort when you serve these refreshing Pineapple Margarita Cocktails. Serve on the rocks with a salty sugary rim and enjoy!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 oz tequila (we prefer Espolon Reposado)
  • 1 oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 2 tsp simple syrup
  • 4 oz pineapple juice 
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • ice 
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar

Instructions

FOR THE RIMMER

  1. Mix 2 tbsp kosher salt with 2 tbsp granulated sugar and spread the mixture on a plate.
  2. Moisten the rims of two rocks glasses with lime juice, then rotate each glass rim in the mixture on the plate.

FOR THE MARGARITAS

  1. Fill each glass with ice.
  2. Fill a Boston shaker halfway with ice.
  3. Add tequila, Cointreau (or Triple Sec), simple syrup, pineapple juice, and lime juice to the shaker.
  4. Fit the shaker lid, then shake until the shaker feels cold and is frosty.
  5. Strain equal portions into each glass. Garnish with a wedge of pineapple or wheel of lime.


Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 289Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3778mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 0gSugar: 31gProtein: 0g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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26 comments

  1. Chef Dennis

    This Breezy Pineapple Margarita looks soooo festive and very refreshing! A thirst quencher, indeed!

    Reply

  2. Sharon

    From start to finish this pineapple margarita is the tastiest margarita ever. So easy to make and very refreshing.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      We somehow cannot get enough of these margaritas!

      Reply

  3. Natalie

    I love this margarita drink. I think I never tried one with these ingredients. I just saved this recipe and will make it over the weekends. Need some refreshment!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      It’s definitely a weekend treat…I can never have just one.

      Reply

  4. Cooking with Carbs

    I love the look of this margarita drink! I can’t wait to try it this, and it’s just in time for the summer! We’ll be trying it this week. Just need to get some tequila! As always I love the photographs too. Thank you!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the margarita as much as we do.

      Reply

  5. Jere Cassidy

    I have never had a pineapple Margherita but I am for sure making this for happy hour.

    Reply

  6. Brianna

    I loved this tropical twist on the classic margarita. Pineapple and tequila just go together so well.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      They sure do! Thank you for stopping by Brianna.

      Reply

  7. kushigalu

    This pineapple drink looks so delicious and refreshing. Perfect for summer. I will be making this soon.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Wonderful to hear Kushigalu. Cheers!

      Reply

  8. Elaine

    I am sooo ready for this margarita right now. Fantastic cocktail to celebrate the end of the weekend. And so easy to make, too!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yesss! I hope you had a great weekend.

      Reply

  9. Amanda Dixon

    I’m on a tropical drink kick right now, and this was perfect! The pineapple shined beautifully. I’ll definitely drink it all summer long!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Excellent. If we can’t travel yet…might as well pretend we can.

      Reply

  10. Enriqueta E Lemoine

    I’m all about mix and shake. These pineapple margaritas are a must-have! They are as delicious as refreshing. Thanks for sharing;

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Seriously, these cocktails are amazing…and so simple to make too.

      Reply

  11. Jamie

    This is going on the menu for a weekend get together! I love the tropical flavors here and how simple the ingredients are!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      awesome! Can’t go wrong with a weekend of tequila!

      Reply

  12. Adriana

    Beautiful cocktail! I love how easy it is to make, and that has pineapple juice as I am a pineapple lover. This is now my go-to cocktail. Cheers!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I am a huge pineapple lover too…been buying one every week at least because they’ve been on sale.

      Reply

  13. Mama Maggie's Kitchen

    This Breezy Pineapple Margarita is perfect for hot season. It looks really refreshing and tasty.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      No sunny afternoon is complete without a pineapple marg!

      Reply

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