Quick and easy, this spicy pineapple margarita recipe is as fun as it is refreshing. A kick of heat from muddled jalapeno pepper, sweet with pineapple juice and traditionally tart with lime. This pineapple jalapeno margarita will wow your palate.
Tropical, spicy, colorful and delicious, I can’t think of a more perfect cocktail for your next Mexican food dinner.
What I like about this recipe is that you don’t have to be a mixologist, or own any fancy equipment, to make this margarita recipe. That is, of course, unless you want to.
The official classic Margarita, according to the International Bartender’s Association, uses these ingredients, lime juice, Cointreau and tequila. This pineapple jalapeno margarita is a riff on the classic using special ingredients to spice things up a bit.
Dangerously delicious, and inspired from a recipe I found over at Williams and Sonoma, let’s take a look.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Fresh Lime.
- Jalapeno pepper.
- Pineapple juice.
- Agave nectar.
- Tajin Seasoning (to rim glass) Tajin is a very versatile Mexican spice made with a variety of peppers, lime and salt.
Ingredient Subs and Swaps
- Spicy Pepper: A Serrano pepper is a spicy pepper like a jalapeno and will work well here. Avoid an Anaheim pepper, as the heat level is very low, and it will not give you the spice you need for this spicy pineapple margarita.
- Agave Nectar: If you can’t find agave nectar, substitute honey.
- Tajin: If you don’t have, or can’t find Tajin, use coarse kosher salt to rim the glass.
Step By Step Instructions
- Step 1: Spread the Tajin on a small plate. Squeeze lime juice onto another small plate. Turn the glass upside down into the lime juice.
- Step 2: Then dip the rim into the Tajin and shake off any excess.
- Step 3: In a cocktail shaker, muddle one of the jalapeño slices. Or if you don’t have a muddler (like me), crush and mash the jalapeno. I used a meat mallet.
- Step 4: Fill the shaker with ice and add the tequila, muddled jalapeno pepper, pineapple juice, lime juice and agave nectar. Shake vigorously and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a jalapeño slice, or a wedge of fresh pineapple and serve immediately either straight up or on the rocks.
That all boils down to where your preference in flavor lies. We prefer a silver. A silver or blanco tequila is young and has only been aged in oak for a couple of months and will give the margarita a crisp and truer agave flavor.
Spicy Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita Recipe
I hope you give this dangerously delicious cocktail a try. You’ll love its simplicity and the fact that the sweetness comes from the pineapple juice rather than having to make a simple syrup.
And with a kick of heat and undertones of bell pepper flavor from the jalapeno, this is a perfect Summer Margarita.
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Spicy Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita Recipe
- Tajin Seasoning to rim glass or salt
- 1 lime juiced, to wet the rim of the glass
- 2 jalapeño slices
- 2 ounces tequila (2 shots)
- 1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice (1 1/2 shot)
- 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice 1 small lime
- 3/4 ounce agave nectar
- Spread the Tijin on a small plate. Squeeze lime juice onto another small plate. Turn the glass upside down into the lime juice. Then dip the rim into the Tajin and shake off any excess. Fill the glass with ice.
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle one of the jalapeño slices. Or if you don't have a muddler, crush and mash the jalapeno.
- Fill the shaker with ice and add the tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice and agave nectar. Shake vigorously and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a jalapeño slice, or a wedge of fresh pineapple and serve immediately.
- Makes 1 drink.
- 6 limes – juiced (to wet rims of glasses)
- Enough Tajin to rim 8 glasses
- 16 ounces tequila (16 shots)
- 12 ounces pineapple juice (1 1/2 cups)
- Juice of 8 limes (about 1/2 cup)
- 6 ounces agave nectar (3/4 cup)
- 3 handfulls of ice
- 12 – 18 slices jalapeno pepper (muddled)
Spicy Pineapple Margarita …. It’s What’s For Summer