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The Best Pineapple Margarita

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Prep Time 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote

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Made with only the simplest of ingredients, this pineapple margarita recipe (with both frozen and on the rocks variations) is as fresh as they come, and because of that, completely delicious.

a margarita glass with a pineapple margarita on the rocks in it garnished with a pineapple wedge dipped in chili salt

Pineapple Margarita Recipe

Made with fresh pineapple, tequila, triple sec, agave, and lime juice, this margarita is fresh, delicious, and perfect for a hot summer day! 

Many fruity margarita recipes call for a few too many ingredients, but we think that the beauty of a really good cocktail (or meal, for that matter!) is in the simplicity of the ingredients used. Simple recipes always taste the freshest and yummiest, and this pineapple margarita recipe is no exception! 

What is a margarita?

A margarita is a citrusy tequila-based cocktail that can be served frozen or on the rocks (liquid over ice cubes). While there are a TON of really fun margarita variations (like this tamarind margarita), a good ole classic margarita is always a safe bet! 

How to make the best pineapple margarita?

Below, you’ll find a few of our best tips and tricks for pineapple margarita making!

  • Use a silver (or blanco) tequila – when it comes to margaritas, we recommend using a silver or blanco tequila. While aged, golden tequilas tend to be the most revered (and expensive), because you’re using it in a margarita (and not for sipping on its own), we think the mild flavor profile of a silver tequila works best!
  • Use fresh pineapple or pure pineapple juice – if you’re making a frozen margarita, we recommend grabbing your own pineapple from the grocery store (or farmer’s market) and cutting it yourself. This will give the most robust pineapple flavor! For a frozen margarita, simply freeze the pineapple after chopping and before margarita-ing! If you’re making a pineapple margarita on the rocks, we recommend looking for the purest pineapple juice you can find (with the fewest ingredients possible).
two margarita glasses (one with a frozen pineapple margarita and one with a pineapple margarita on the rocks) garnished with a pineapple wedge dipped in chili salt

How to Make Pineapple Margarita on the Rocks

To make a pineapple margarita on the rocks, the ingredient amounts will be a bit different than for the frozen margarita, and will instead be: 2 parts tequila, 1 part lime juice, 2 parts pineapple juice, and a ¼ part agave. So for 2 pineapple margaritas on the rocks, you’ll need…

  • ½ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar

Once you have the above ingredients, add them to a mason jar and either stir or shake everything together!

a person squeezing agave nectar into a large glass measuring cup
a person pouring pineapple juice into a large glass measuring cup along with the other pineapple margarita ingredients
a person pouring tequila into a large glass measuring cup
a person pouring lime juice into a large glass measuring cup along with the other pineapple margarita ingredients
a person putting ice cubes into a small margarita glass
a person pouring a pineapple margarita from a large measuring cup into a margarita glass filled with ice

How to Make Frozen Pineapple Margarita

To make a frozen pineapple margarita, you’ll just need to…

  1. Blend – add the lime juice, triple sec, tequila, frozen pineapple, and agave nectar into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve – once smooth, pour into salt-rimmed glasses (if desired) and serve!

Best Liqueurs for a Pineapple Margarita

While there are several orange liqueur options, our preference for frozen margaritas (and the preference of our many margarita taste testers) is Triple Sec. If you have a tried and true orange liqueur that you love using for your cocktail recipes, though, feel free to use that one! This part is totally up to personal preference.    

How to Serve a Pineapple Margarita

You have a few options when it comes to rimming your margarita glass…

  • Leave it as is – we actually decided to serve our pineapple margarita in a “naked” glass (meaning that the rim doesn’t have anything on it) because there is enough acid in the pineapple to really not need anything extra on the glass. 
  • Chili salt the rim – we chili salted the rim of our mango margarita, and while we don’t feel like it’s needed for this recipe, you could totally go that route if you want to!
  • Salt the rim – keep things classic and salt your glass! Again, the pineapple has so much flavor, acid, and depth, so salting isn’t necessary, but wouldn’t hurt either!

How to Scale this Margarita Recipe

This recipe is written for 2 servings, but here’s how to scale it to serve more!

  • For 4 servings: 1 cup tequila + 1/2 cup lime juice + 1 cup pineapple juice + 2 tablespoons agave
  • For 8 servings: 2 cups tequila + 1 cup lime juice + 2 cups pineapple juice + 1/4 cup agave
  • For 12 servings: 3 cups tequila + 1 1/2 cups lime juice + 3 cups pineapple juice + 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons agave
  • For 16 servings: 4 cups tequila + 2 cups lime juice + 4 cups pineapple juice + 1/2 cup agave

The Best Pineapple Margarita

By: Cassy Garcia
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 mins
This pineapple margarita is equal parts tart and sweet, and is the perfect refreshing beverage for the summer months!

Ingredients  

For a pineapple margarita on the rocks:

  • ½ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar optional
  • Pineapple wedges for serving
  • Chili lime salt for dipping the pineapple in

For a frozen pineapple margarita:

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 3 cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar optional
  • Pineapple wedges for serving
  • Chili lime salt for dipping the pineapple in

Instructions

For a pineapple margarita on the rocks:

  • Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker or mason jar and stir or shake to combine, then pour into glasses over ice. Garnish with a chili-lime salt-dipped pineapple wedge. 

For a frozen pineapple margarita:

  • Add the ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Use up to a 1/4 cup of water to thin the margarita if needed. Garnish with a chili-lime salt-dipped pineapple wedge.
Meet the Author
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Cassy Joy Garcia

HOWDY! I’m Cassy Joy and I am just so happy you’re here. I’m the founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Nutrition Consultant here at Fed and Fit. What started as a food blog back in 2011 has evolved now into so much more.
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  1. Andrea says

    Andrea —  06/18/2021 At 11:24

    I’m sorry, but I don’t see how much frozen pineapple is needed for the frozen version of the margaritas???

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  06/18/2021 At 13:08

      Oops! So sorry about that, Andrea. It’ll be 3 cups – the recipe for a frozen pineapple margarita is in there now!

    • Andrea says

      Andrea —  06/27/2021 At 20:43

      5 stars
      These are THE BEST pineapple margaritas!!! These will be my go to recipe for pineapple margaritas forever now! I want to try with other fruit and see if they are as good!!!

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  06/28/2021 At 08:24

      That’s so great to hear, Andrea! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  2. Crystal Young says

    Crystal Young —  06/18/2021 At 17:24

    If you wanted to make this recipe nonalcoholic, what would do?

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  06/21/2021 At 09:45

      For the pineapple margarita on the rocks, you can replace the tequila with sparkling water – that would be so yummy! For the frozen, just omit the tequila and add water to thin out as needed – it’ll be like a pineapple smoothie!

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