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 Pineapple Margarita is a tropical twist on the classic Margarita, which originated in Mexico in the 1930s. This fruity variation is perfect for those who love the refreshing taste of pineapple and the kick of tequila. It's a popular choice for beach parties, summer gatherings, and anyone looking to escape to a tropical paradise.

  • The Margarita is said to have been created by a socialite named Margarita Sames in 1948
  • The Pineapple Margarita gained popularity in the 1990s as tropical flavors became more popular in cocktails

How Pineapple Margarita Tastes?

The Pineapple Margarita has a sweet and tangy taste, with a hint of sourness from the lime. The tequila adds a strong, earthy flavor, while the pineapple juice provides a refreshing tropical sweetness.

Interesting facts about Pineapple Margarita

  • The Pineapple Margarita is a great source of vitamin C from the pineapple and lime juices
  • The cocktail can be served on the rocks or blended with ice for a frozen treat
  • The salt rim on the glass is optional, but it adds a nice contrast to the sweet and sour flavors



The 2 oz of tequila are the backbone of our margarita, providing that distinctive kick and warmth. Too little and the drink feels child-friendly; too much and you're partying with the agave spirits. The tequila can be swapped with mezcal for a smokier twist, making your sip taste like a tropical bonfire.

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Pineapple Juice

4 oz pineapple juice is our tropical starlet, bringing sweetness and silkiness to our margarita stage. Dial it down, and you might as well call it a visit to a pineapple farm without the pineapple; boost it up, and you're swimming in a pineapple pool. No pineapple juice? Try mango juice for a similar but distinct exotic affair.

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Fresh Lime Juice

The 1 oz fresh lime juice provides our critical acid component, balancing the sweetness and adding a vivacious citrus zing. Less of it and your cocktail might become too sweet, losing its edge; too much and you'll pucker up more than kissing your crush. If not lime, then perhaps lemon, but expect it to be a cousin, not a sibling in taste.

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Triple Sec

We're not forgetting our 1 oz triple sec: this sweet, orange-flavored liqueur gives depth and complexity, like the perfect accessory to an outfit. Missing it can make your cocktail taste naked; overpouring might turn it into an orange parade. Orange liqueur can be substituted with Cointreau or Grand Marnier for a richer body and less sweetness.

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Simple Syrup

The 0.5 oz simple syrup is like the sugar in your coffee; it's there to make everything agreeable. Too little and the tartness may overpower; too much and you're heading for toothache territory. Being a straightforward sweetener, feel free to swap with agave syrup for a nod to the tequila's origins or even honey for an earthy delight.

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1 cup of ice chills the stage for our performers, without it the show is warm and uninviting. Not enough ice and your margarita sweats a summer day; too much and it's a dance in a winter wonderland. No variation here. Keep it icy.

Emma Rose


1 tsp of salt on the rim is not only tradition; it elevates the sweet and sour experience of the margarita, like applause to a performance. Miss it and the show goes on, but with less fanfare. No salt? Try a sugar rim for a decidedly different, and sweeter, ovation.

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Pineapple Wedge & Lime Wheel

The garnishes, our pineapple wedge and lime wheel, are the final bow after a great performance. They add visual appeal and a hint of fresh flavor. Without them, you're missing the chance to dress to impress. Add a chili powder sprinkled pineapple wedge for an encore that'll spice things up.

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Recipe. How to make Pineapple Margarita Drink

  1. Prepare the glass:
    • Wet the rim of a margarita glass with a lime wedge
    • Dip the rim in salt to coat
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the following ingredients:
    • 2 oz tequila
    • 4 oz pineapple juice
    • 1 oz fresh lime juice
    • 1 oz triple sec
    • 0.5 oz simple syrup
    • 1 cup of ice
  3. Shake well for 15-20 seconds
  4. Strain the mixture into the prepared margarita glass
  5. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and lime wheel

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh pineapple juice for the best flavor
  • For a spicier twist, add a few slices of jalapeno to the shaker

Perfect Pairings


Grilled shrimp or fish tacos would be an excellent choice to pair with the tropical flavors of the Pineapple Margarita. The fruitiness of the pineapple and the acidity of the lime juice complement seafood dishes wonderfully.

Spicy Dishes

The sweetness in the Pineapple Margarita can soothe the palate when enjoying spicier foods like buffalo wings or jalapeño poppers. A sip after a spicy bite can be a refreshing contrast!


Barbecued chicken or pork, with their smoky and sometimes slightly sweet flavors, harmonize nicely with the Pineapple Margarita's blend of sweetness and citrus.

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What you could change in Pineapple Margarita

  • Triple Sec can be replaced with Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • Simple syrup can be replaced with agave syrup

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Smoky Pineapple Margarita

Ingredients: Substitute tequila with mezcal. Recipe: Follow the original Pineapple Margarita recipe, but use mezcal instead of tequila. This twist adds a smoky complexity to the cocktail, perfect for those who enjoy a more profound and mysterious flavor profile. It's like having a beach party by a bonfire.

Spicy Pineapple Margarita

Ingredients: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a slice of jalapeño to the shaker. Recipe: Follow the original Pineapple Margarita recipe, but shake with either cayenne pepper or a jalapeño slice. Expect a kick that lingers on the tongue, a playful dance of heat with the refreshing pineapple and citrus notes. It's a margarita that packs a tropical punch with a spicy souvenir.

Coconut Pineapple Margarita

Ingredients: Add 0.5 oz coconut cream. Recipe: Follow the original Pineapple Margarita recipe, including the coconut cream in the shake. This version is creamy and dreamy, transporting you straight to an island where the palm trees sway. It's like slathering your margarita with a tropical sunscreen, and you're the one getting the tan.

In case you forgot basics how to make Pineapple Margarita

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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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 Pineapple Margarita

Can Pineapple Margarita be served without alcohol?

Yes, to make a non-alcoholic version of Pineapple Margarita, you can replace tequila with sparkling water and leave out the Triple Sec.

What types of tequila are best for a Pineapple Margarita?

Silver or blanco tequilas are often used in cocktails like Pineapple Margarita. They provide a smooth and subtle flavor that complements the fruity elements of the drink.

Can I substitute limes with lemons in the recipe?

Yes, but limes are ideal for a classic Margarita taste. Nevertheless, lemons have a slightly sweeter taste and can also be used.

Can these pineapple margaritas be made in advance?

Yes, you can mix all the ingredients and chill it in the refrigerator. Serve it over ice when you're ready.

Is this cocktail suitable for people with gluten intolerance?

Yes, the Pineapple Margarita, like most margaritas, is gluten-free.

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