Pineapple Margarita Recipes with Pizazz

Did you know that the name margarita is Spanish for “daisy”? But around here, it’s one of our favorite cocktails. This family of mixed drinks includes citrus, a base spirit, and liqueur. As the number one requested tequila cocktail in bars for over six years, the margarita is quite versatile and popular.  As such, it is widely distributed--from the “dives” we love to the high-end cocktail bars we admire. 

Who created the pineapple margarita? Nobody really knows. Many have claimed the title of the creator, but the only fact we can be sure of is its yumminess!  It can be served straight up, on the rocks, or blended with ice for a delightfully refreshing summer treat.  It pairs wonderfully with salt or sugar on the rim of a glass. Don’t have an official margarita glass? An old-fashioned glass, wine glass, or pint glass are some other vessels that can be used to serve a pineapple margarita.  This beverage is not picky!

This article will provide some exceptional variations on the delicious pineapple margarita. We have sweet drinks, less-sweet drinks, and herbal, spicy, and creamy choices for you.

The Best, Classic Pineapple Margarita Cocktail Recipes

These are two delicious, basic pineapple margarita recipes to try before summer is over.

Pineapple Margarita

This recipe is refreshing and delicious! Serves 8.

You will need:

  • 2 cups lime juice
  • 2 cups white (Blanco) tequila
  • 2 cups Cointreau
  • 2 1/2 cups pineapple juice (fresh is best!)
  • Pineapple slices

Fill a pitcher halfway with ice and pour in all the ingredients except the pineapple slice garnish. Stir vigorously for about half a minute and pour into eight glasses. Garnish with pineapple slices and serve.

Pineapple Margarita with No Added Sugar

A no-sugar-added option is nice to have! This recipe is less sweet than the previous one but still delicious. Serves 6.

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1 cup white (Blanco) tequila
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup lime juice, plus 1 lime wedge
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • Pineapple slices and lime wedges for garnish

Combine salt and lime zest on a small plate. Rub the rims of 6 glasses with the lime wedge and dip them in the salt mixture.  Next, combine tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice, and orange juice in a pitcher and stir. Fill the glasses with ice and top with about ½  cup of margarita mixture each. Garnish with pineapple and lime for a beautiful touch!

Spice your pineapple margarita up!

A spicy pineapple margarita? Yes please, that sounds amazing! Check out these fabulous recipes with everyday kitchen spices, herbs, and peppers. The first drink is flavorful-spicy, and the second recipe is hot-spicy!

Rosemary Pineapple Margarita

Rosemary Pineapple MargaritaThis is a delicious, herbal margarita. No heat! It’s an amazing summertime refresher.

You will need (for the margarita)

1 oz. silver tequila

  • 2 oz. pineapple juice (fresh is best!)
  • 0.5 oz. Grand Marnier (or Cointreau or triple sec)
  • 1 oz. simple syrup (see below)
  • sugar (for rimming)

You will need (for the simple syrup):

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 rosemary sprig (plus a second sprig for garnish)

First, prepare the simple syrup. In a small saucepan add water and sugar; bring to a boil and reduce heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Remove saucepan from heat and set aside for 1-2 minutes before adding the rosemary sprig. Add the rosemary sprig and let it steep for 15-20 minutes. Allow the simple syrup to completely cool before adding it to your drink.

Next, prepare the margarita. In a cocktail shaker packed with ice, add the tequila, pineapple juice, Grand Marnier, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.

Finally, prepare the glasses. Use a pineapple rind to rim the glasses with salt or sugar. Add ice and pour your margarita mix into the glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and pineapple rind.

Spicy Pineapple Margarita

Spicy Pineapple Margarita

This is a perfect drink for someone that loves a little heat! Serves 2.

You will need:

  • 4 oz. silver tequila
  • 1 ½ oz. agave syrup or simple syrup
  • 4 1-inch chunks of fresh pineapple, plus wedges for garnish
  • 2 sprigs of fresh cilantro
  • 2 ¼-inch-thick slices of red chili pepper (with seeds), plus more for garnish
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces lime juice (from about 2 limes)
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • Kosher salt, for the glasses (optional)

First, combine the tequila, agave, pineapple, cilantro, and chili pepper in a large shaker. Muddle with the end of a wooden spoon. Next, add the pineapple juice, lime juice, and triple sec to the shaker and fill with ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into 2 rocks glasses filled with ice. (Rim the glasses with salt first, if desired.) Garnish with the pineapple wedges and more chili pepper.

Spiced Pineapple Margarita

This is a similar, spicy margarita that’s a good recipe to try if you have chili powder on hand but no fresh peppers. Using frozen pineapple makes this an extra chilly beverage. (See what we did there? Chilly? Chili?) Serves 2 to 4.

You will need:

  • ½ cup lime juice (Fresh is best! About 4 limes)
  • 3 tablespoons agave (or honey)
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • ¼ cup triple sec
  • ⅓ cup tequila of choice
  • 1 ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • Optional: Salt rim on glass and Mexican spice (like Tajin) sprinkle

In a blender, add all ingredients. Blend until smooth. Pour into a stemless martini or rock glasses.

Cucumber Pineapple Margarita

While the rosemary margarita was garden-herbal, this recipe is garden-vegetal. The cucumbers really make a flavorful addition to this margarita variation. Serves 2.

You will need:

  • 1 ½ cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • ½ cucumber, sliced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup triple sec
  • Lime wedge
  • Tajin Seasoning
  • Cucumber and pineapple slices, for garnish

First, prepare the glasses by rubbing a lime wedge on the rim of your glasses, then dip in Tajin seasoning or rimming salt. Next, prepare the margarita. Combine pineapple chunks, cucumber, lime juice, and pineapple juice in a blender. Pulse until the mixture is smooth. Add tequila and triple sec and pulse 2-3 times to blend.

(For a frozen version, add ice at this step and pulse, and skip adding ice to the glasses.) 

Add ice cubes to prepared glasses. Divide the drink between glasses, garnish with cucumber and pineapple slices and add a straw. Don’t forget your coaster!

Coconut Pineapple Margarita

Coconut Pineapple Margarita

This is an exciting twist on an island favorite. Transport yourself instantly to blue waters and palm trees with this delicious cocktail. Serves 4.

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt (for the rim of glasses)
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • ¾ cup tequila
  • 15 ounces cream of coconut (Coco Lopez brand is best)
  • 8 oz. pineapple juice
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  • Pineapple wedge and cherry, for garnish

First, prepare the glasses. Pour salt onto a plate. Rub the edge of the glasses with a lime wedge and then twist on the plate to coat in salt. Next, prepare the margarita. In a blender, combine the ice, tequila, lime juice, and cream of coconut until the ice is crushed and the mixture is smooth. Add pineapple juice slowly until you reach your desired consistency. Blend for a few seconds. Add more pineapple juice for a thinner margarita if desired. Finally, pour into four glasses and top with lime wedges and a cherry. Serving this on a beautiful wooden bar tray will really enhance the experience!

 Pineapple Margarita Recipes with Pizazz!

Margaritas are so highly sought after because they combine four of the five human tastes. Sweet agave, bitter tequila, salty glasses, and sour limes hit all the notes. You can enhance the sweet factor by making your margarita a pineapple margarita! We hope you enjoy these fantastic recipes for wildly different variations on this delicious cocktail. It can be fun, sassy, and sweet!