Malibu Pineapple Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Malibu Pineapple Margarita is a tropical twist on the classic Margarita. It's a drink that's perfect for those who love the creamy flavor of coconut combined with the tangy zest of lime and the sweetness of pineapple. This cocktail is often enjoyed by beach-goers and is a favorite at summer parties.

  • Originates from the traditional Margarita
  • Incorporates tropical flavors
  • Popular among those who enjoy sweet and fruity cocktails

How Malibu Pineapple Margarita Tastes?

The Malibu Pineapple Margarita is a delightful blend of sweet and tangy flavors with a creamy coconut undertone. It's refreshing, fruity, and has a light boozy kick that's not too overpowering.

Interesting facts about Malibu Pineapple Margarita

  • The Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in the world.
  • Malibu rum adds a coconut flavor that pairs perfectly with pineapple.
  • This cocktail can be served blended or on the rocks depending on preference.


Coconut Rum (1.5oz)

Used for the distinctive tropical coconut flavor, the 1.5oz serving hits the sweet spot for a balanced cocktail. Too little and you miss the island vibe, too much and you might find yourself surfing a coconut wave that overpowers everything else. A common alternative is white rum for a less coconutty profile, or pineapple rum for an extra fruity kick.

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Sweet and Sour Mix (1.5oz)

This balances the sweet coconut with a tangy edge, keeping your taste buds on their toes. Cut it, and your margarita falls flat, sweet without any depth. Feeling adventurous? Sub in freshly squeezed lime juice and a dash of simple syrup for a more artisanal tang.

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Triple Sec (0.75oz)

This orange-flavored liqueur gives depth to the cocktail's profile and binds the flavors. Skimp on it and your margarita may lack complexity. Double the amount and you might overshadow the other flavors. Cointreau is a popular substitute for a smoother, richer orange taste.

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Frozen Pineapple (1 cup)

The frozen pineapple doesn't just cool things down; it infuses tropical sweetness and a slushy texture. No pineapple? No party. It’s that crucial. Mango can step in as a substitute, which would lead to a different, but still delicious, tropical twist.

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Ice (As needed)

Ice is the silent hero, chilling and diluting the drink to perfection. Not enough and you'll have a lukewarm experience, too much and your margarita becomes a swimming pool. No alternatives, just the cold hard truth of ice.

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Lime Wedge (1)

A little touch of citrus is the garnish that ties it all together while giving a zesty visual appeal. Omitting the lime wedge won't break your drink, but it's like going to the beach with no sunglasses—something's definitely missing. Lemon can pinch hit if lime’s not in your lineup.

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Coarse Salt (For rim)

It’s like the margarita’s handshake; the first thing you notice and it sets the tone. The salt on the rim contrasts and heightens the sweet and sour dance in your mouth. No salt, less contrast. Sugar can replace salt for a sweeter rim job, but are you ready for that sugar rush?

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Recipe. How to make Malibu Pineapple Margarita Drink

  1. Rim the edge of the glass with lime and dip it in coarse salt.
  2. In a blender, combine the coconut rum, sweet and sour mix, triple sec, and frozen pineapple.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into the prepared glass.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice in your sweet and sour mix for the best flavor.
  • Chill the glass beforehand to keep the drink cooler for longer.
  • Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less simple syrup to the sweet and sour mix.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled Shrimp: The tropical flavors of the Malibu Pineapple Margarita complement the smoky and slightly charred taste of grilled shrimp beautifully.
  • Fish Tacos: With a squeeze of lime, the zesty and tangy flavors marry well with the fruity margarita.
  • Ceviche: The citrus and coconut notes provide a refreshing counterbalance to the acidity and fresh fish flavors of a classic ceviche.


  • Chips and Salsa: The saltiness of the chips and the spiciness of the salsa can be cooled down by the sweet and sour notes of the margarita.
  • Coconut Crusted Onion Rings: The coconut in the rings echoes the coconut rum in the drink for a harmonious tropical twist.


  • Key Lime Pie: The tartness of key lime pie is softened by the sweetness of the coconut rum and pineapple.
  • Tropical Fruit Salad: Accentuate the tropical theme with a fruit salad containing mango, papaya, and melon.


  • Coconut Water: For non-alcoholic hydration, coconut water will continue the tropical theme without overshadowing the margarita's flavors.

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What you could change in Malibu Pineapple Margarita

  • If you don't have Malibu, any coconut-flavored rum will do.
  • In place of homemade sweet and sour mix, you can use a store-bought version or make your own with equal parts lemon and lime juice with simple syrup.
  • Cointreau can be a more premium substitute for triple sec.

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And of course - twists🍹

Spicy Malibu Pineapple Margarita

Add a slice of jalapeño to the blender for a spicy twist that tickles your throat in the most delightful way. The heat will play a dance with the sweet and citrus notes, just like a salsa dance at a beach party.

Blue Malibu Pineapple Margarita

Swap out triple sec for blue curaçao to give the drink an ocean-like hue. Your taste buds won't know the difference, but your eyes sure will. It's like wearing a new bathing suit that changes nothing but your confidence level.

Frozen Coconut Berry Margarita

Substitute a handful of frozen strawberries for half of the pineapple. The result is a pinkish hue with a berry twist that's like vacationing on a different tropical island. Prepare to slap on a lei and do the hula; it's a whole new vibe.

In case you forgot basics how to make Malibu Pineapple Margarita

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Malibu Pineapple Margarita

What type of glass is best for serving a Malibu Pineapple Margarita?

A traditional margarita glass is best to serve a Malibu Pineapple Margarita, but a coupe glass or a rocks glass can also be a stylish alternative.

Can I make a large batch of Malibu Pineapple Margarita for a party?

Yes, you can scale up the ingredients proportionally and mix them in a large pitcher or bowl. Be sure to add the ice just before serving to keep it chilled without diluting the flavor.

What's the best way to get the perfect salt rim on the glass?

To achieve the perfect salt rim, run a lime wedge around the edge of the glass and then dip the rim into a plate of coarse salt, ensuring even coverage.

Can I use fresh pineapple instead of frozen for the recipe?

Yes, fresh pineapple can be used, but you may need to add more ice to achieve the desired slushy texture.

How can I adjust the alcohol content in the cocktail?

To adjust the alcohol content, you can vary the amount of coconut rum, keeping in mind that increasing the rum will make the cocktail stronger and decreasing it will make it lighter.

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