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This pineapple margarita recipe comes together in minutes and is full of refreshing pineapple flavor! Garnish with a pineapple wedge and start sipping.

If you’re looking for a fun twist on a classic margarita recipe, this pineapple margarita might be just the thing. With only a few simple ingredients, you can mix, shake and pour your way to one of the most refreshing summer sips out there.

Why You’ll Love This Pineapple Margarita Recipe

  • Easy. One of the best things about margaritas is how easy they are to make. All you have to do is add your ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, give everything a vigorous shake, then pour into your glasses. The salt rim is optional but is a tasty addition (check out the variations ideas below too).
  • Delicious. This is a citrusy margarita with a tropical flair thanks to fresh lime juice, pineapple juice and pineapple wedges.
  • Refreshing. If you love kicking back on a hot summer day with a cold cocktail, this drink is calling your name. It’s easy, thirst-quenching and full of pineapple flavor.
Ingredients for a pineapple margarita on a wood table

Margarita Ingredients

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need to make a pineapple margarita. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for ingredient amounts.

  • Tequila blanco or reposado – If I had to choose reposado would be my preference, but both work. What’s the difference? Tequila blanco has notes of agave, citrus and pepper while reposado is an oak-aged tequila with notes of vanilla and caramel.
  • Pineapple juice
  • Cointreau
  • Fresh lime juice – I don’t recommend using bottled lime juice for cocktails, the flavor just isn’t the same.
  • Kosher salt – For the rim.
  • Ice – For serving. Crushed or cubed ice both work.
  • Pineapple wedges – For garnish.

How to Make a Pineapple Margarita

Are you ready to make the best pineapple margarita ever? Here’s how to do it:

Adding a salt rim to a margarita glass
  • Rim your glass. Add some salt to a small plate. Cut the lime into wedges and run one wedge along the rim of your glass. Invert the glass into the salt to add a salt rim. You’ll use the rest of the lime wedges to squeeze the lime juice.
  • Add ice. Add some ice to your glass. Set aside.
  • Mix your margarita. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the tequila, pineapple juice, Cointreau and fresh lime juice. Cover your cocktail shaker with the lid, then shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
  • Serve. Strain the margarita into your prepared glass. Garnish with a thin pineapple wedge.

That’s it!

Tips for Success

  • Use fresh lime juice. It is worth getting a fresh lime and juicing it for this recipe. Bottled lime juice may be easier, but it doesn’t taste as bright and citrusy.
  • Get creative with the rim. Adding a rim to your margarita is optional, but I do think it gives extra flavor and flair to your drink. You can add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the salt before rimming your glass for a spicy kick! Or, if you have more of a sweet tooth, you can also replace the salt with an equal amount of granulated sugar.
  • Want to add spice? In addition to adding a pinch of cayenne to your rim (see the previous tip) you can also add a few slices of fresh jalapeño pepper to your shaker. It will add a spicy element to your drink.
  • Prefer a frozen margarita? If you want to make a frozen variation, simply add all the liquid ingredients to a high powered blender along with a handful of ice. Blend until smooth, then serve.
Side shot of two pineapple margaritas on a wood table

What Goes With a Pineapple Margarita?

Pineapple margaritas are perfect for patio sipping, which means they need some snacks to go with them. You can always go for the classic tortilla chips, salsa and guacamole combo. When there are a lot of green tomatoes on the vine, I especially love serving margaritas with fried green tomatoes.

If you are serving margaritas with dinner, then any kind of grilled main dish or Mexican recipe would be an ideal match. Think birria tacos, tortas, or even homemade huaraches.

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Pineapple Margarita

5 from 11 votes
This easy pineapple margarita recipe only requires a few minutes and a handful of ingredients. A simple and ultra refreshing cocktail perfect for summer sipping.
Prep Time4 minutes
Total Time4 minutes
Yield: 1 margarita

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce tequila blanco or reposado, or 2 tablespoons
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice, or 6 tablespoons
  • ¾ ounce Cointreau, or 1 1/2 tablespoons
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice from 1 lime, or 1 tablespoon
  • Kosher salt, for the rim
  • Ice, for serving
  • Pineapple wedge, for garnish

Instructions

  • Rim your glass. Add some salt to a small plate. Cut the lime into wedges and run one wedge along the rim of your glass. Invert the glass into the salt to add a salt rim. You'll use the rest of the lime wedges to squeeze the lime juice.
  • Add ice. Add some ice to your glass.
  • Mix your margarita. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the tequila, pineapple juice, Cointreau and fresh lime juice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
  • Serve. Strain the margarita into your prepared glass. Garnish with a thin pineapple wedge.
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Notes

Want to make this a pineapple jalapeño margarita? Simply add a few slices of fresh jalapeño to your cocktail shaker along with the other liquid ingredients. Shake per usual, then strain into your glasses.
Want to add even more spice? Add a generous pinch of cayenne to the salt when making your rim.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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