Irresistible Spicy Pineapple Margarita

Two Spicy Pineapple Margaritas in red rimmed rocks glasses garnished with a wedge of pineapple and red chili pepper.

This mouthwatering (and irresistible) Spicy Pineapple Margarita is the perfect summer sipper. Mix one or several of these refreshing tropical cocktails at your next fiesta.

There’s no shortage of summer sipping options on this blog. As long as the liquor cabinet is stocked and the ice is plenty we’re mixing up Classic Moscow Mules and Mango Passionfruit Wine Slushies all summer long. Join us!

Two Spicy Pineapple Margaritas in red rimmed rocks glasses garnished with a wedge of pineapple and red chili pepper.

Spicy Pineapple Margarita

Summer is into full swing and if I was an optimist I’d say there’s about half of the season left. However, with summer half gone, I’m very thankful that this half includes National Tequila Day (July 24).

So, we’ll celebrate while we can and that means a round of sweet and spicy Pineapple Margaritas! The tart sweetness of the pineapple juice mixed with the smooth, caramel/vanilla reposado tequila is a darn wonder of it’s own.

Though pineapple and tequila were always meant to be together, the addition of a third bold flavour make this cocktail the ultimate spicy love triangle.

Ingredients used in making two spicy pineapple margaritas.

Today we’re spicing this baby up with tiny red Thai chilis because they’re cute with a fiery personality. Jalapeños will also get the deed done, though they may be a little milder in flavour.

Ingredients in a Spicy Pineapple Margarita

  • Tequila
  • Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Spicy Simple Syrup
  • Ice
  • Kosher Salt
  • Sugar
  • Chili Lime Seasoning

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.

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) will work in this cocktail.

Two prepared rocks glasses surrounded by cocktail ingredients.

As always, when it comes to fruit juices, fresh is best. Shelf stable pineapple juice and lime juice are absolutely fine as well.

There are several brands of chili lime seasoning available at your nearest Mexican/Latino market. The most popular brand is Tajin though there are several more generic brands. They all contain salt, so you may only have to add sugar to your rimmer. Another favourite American brand is Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Seasoning.

How Spicy is this Spicy Pineapple Margarita?

We love our spicy margaritas with a fair bit of fire power. That said, if you aren’t a fan of spicy flavors, there are several ways to customize the heat level.

Pouring spicy pineapple margarita into a prepared rocks glass full of ice and a red chili pepper.

The first and most obvious is to omit the chili lime seasoning from the rimmer and only use salt and sugar. It isn’t as pretty, but it turns the heat down.

The second is to alter the spice level in the spicy simple syrup by changing the pepper variety and/or removing seeds before steeping.

How to Make Spicy Simple Syrup

Hey, there’s a reason they call it ‘simple’ syrup. It’s literally just sugar dissolved in water. It KILLS me when I see people buying it in a fancy grocery or liquor store. Here’s how to make your own spice infused syrup at home.

To make spicy simple syrup, pour 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar in a saucepan. Slice two Thai chilis in half lengthwise and add to the pan.

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 and strain to remove the chilis before using in a cocktail. It will keep in the fridge for up to one month.

* To reduce the heat slightly, remove the seeds before steeping. To reduce the heat even more, use only one red chili or add jalapeño slices. Remove the seeds, then add to the syrup mixture.

Two Spicy Pineapple Margaritas in red rimmed rocks glasses garnished with a wedge of pineapple and red chili pepper.

How to Make a Spicy Pineapple Margarita

Though this Spicy Pineapple Margarita is quite similar to a regular Pineapple Margarita, there are a few extra steps involved. Once you have the spicy simple syrup on hand, all you need to do is get the glasses ready.

A salt rim is the most traditional way to serve a margarita, though we love to add a bit of sugar and spice to ours, especially for serving spicy margaritas.

For the rimmer: Mix 2 tbsp kosher salt with 2 tbsp granulated sugar and 1 tbsp chili lime seasoning. Spread the salt mixture on a small 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, pineapple juice, Cointreau, spicy simple syrup, and lime juice to the cocktail shaker.

Fit the shaker lid on tight, then shake vigorously until the shaker feels cold and is frosty. Strain the cocktail equally into each glass. Garnish the rim of the glass with pineapple wedges and an extra red chili or lime wedge and jalapeño slice.

Let’s Talk Tequila

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila….FLOOR! That’s how it goes when you’re on the margarita train. Look at it this way, tequila is one fun spirit to drink and to add to cocktails.

Plus, it has a really cool history and unique origin. Did you know that tequila is made from the piña of the blue agave plant? It is the succulent core of the blue agave containing all the sugar needed for fermentation.

Two Spicy Pineapple Margaritas in red rimmed rocks glasses garnished with a wedge of pineapple and red chili pepper.

Once the pina are harvested, they go through a unique process of roasting that helps to break down their complex sugars. After roasting, the fibres are shredded and pressed which releases their sweet juices.

The sweet agave juice then goes through a slight fermentation period before it is distilled into tequila. Traditionally, this silver (blanco) tequila is distilled twice and does not go through an aging period.

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Yield: 2 cocktails

Irresistible Spicy Pineapple Margarita

Two Spicy Pineapple Margaritas in red rimmed rocks glasses garnished with a wedge of pineapple and red chili pepper.

These mouthwatering Spicy Pineapple Margaritas are the perfect summer sipper. Mix one or several of these refreshing tropical cocktails at your next fiesta.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

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

FOR THE RIMMER

  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp tajin seasoning (cilantro lime seasoning or Trader Joe's)

Instructions

FOR THE RIMMER

    1. Mix 2 tbsp kosher salt with 2 tbsp granulated sugar and 1 tbsp chili lime seasoning. Spread the mixture on a shallow rimmed plate.
    2. 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.

    FOR THE COCKTAIL

  1. Fill each glass with ice.
  2. Next, fill a Boston shaker halfway with ice then add tequila, Cointreau, *spicy simple syrup, pineapple juice, and lime juice to the cocktail shaker.
  3. Fit the shaker lid on tight, then shake until the shaker feels cold and is frosty.
  4. Strain the cocktail equally into each glass. Garnish the cocktails with a wedge of pineapple and a red chili or wheel of jalapeno.

Notes

*for how to make spicy simple syrup visit the body of this post.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 299Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4896mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 31gProtein: 1g

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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23 comments

  1. Toni

    I love the combination of all tthe flavors in this margarita! Such a perfect summer drink!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Toni, we love to spice things up!

      Reply

  2. Colleen

    Tequila and spice are so perfect together, and the pineapple in this cocktail adds the perfect sweet balance. Delicious and refreshing. Cheers!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      They really are! Thanks so much for checking out this recipe Colleen.

      Reply

  3. AmyG

    I love pineapple. What’s better than a boozie pineapple margherita for a refreshing drink this summer? Delish.

    Reply

  4. veenaazmanov

    Perfect drink for the perfect evening. Awesome color and presentation too. Refreshing and perfect for the Summers.

    Reply

  5. Natalia

    This pineapple margarita is perfect. I love a good margarita – pitchers of these might become a summertime staple! Thanks!

    Reply

    1. Amy Liu Dong

      I am not a fan of a spicy drinks but willing to try this. It looks really good and refreshing.

      Reply

  6. Liz

    I love a pineapple margarita, but adding some spice to it sounds delicious!

    Reply

  7. Carmy

    Love the combination of flavours here! It’s definitely the perfectly refreshing drink for the next summer BBQ!

    Reply

  8. Marisa

    We had friends over last evening and I made a pitcher of spicy pineapple margaritas. Well, it’s a good thing it was a BIG pitcher because everyone loved the drinks. The spice really made it. Thank you for the recipe.

    Reply

  9. Loreto and Nicoletta

    We are imagining sitting in the back yard with our feet in the pond and sipping this cocktail of sunshine! Totally floored by the chili! Nice loom great flavor and love the history of tequila! Love it!😋❤👍🥰

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I love this idea…wish I was right there with you!

      Reply

  10. Ramona

    Tequila, pineapple, and spice altogether in one drink sounds super flavourful and delicious! This drink looks so refreshing and I love the colour of it. Thank you for sharing this recipe, I cant wait to make this!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thanks for stopping by Ramona. Cheers!

      Reply

  11. Hayley Dhanecha

    Simply can not wait to try this irresistible spicy pineapple margarita, so refreshing, delicious, and so perfect for any day really! Loving the colour 🙂

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I hope you love it as much as we do. Enjoy!

      Reply

  12. Brianna

    Pineapple is my favorite and absolutely love the spicy sweet combo in this margarita!

    Reply

  13. nancy

    this sounds like the perfect summer drink on the patio with bbq! pineapple is my favourite and what an awesome spicy sweet combo1

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It’s one of our favourites for sure!

      Reply

  14. huda

    I am not like pineapple although , but recipe attract me to did this adventure , so am gona try this .
    I like your way of explaining , you explain each step smoothly
    Thank you so much for this

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      You are welcome Huda, enjoy!!

      Reply

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