This pineapple margarita recipe is a refreshing twist on the classic! Slightly sweet with a citrus tang, sure to become your go-to summer cocktail!
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I have a serious love for tequila. Especially when the tequila is served in the form of a margarita. The classic version is still in my top three faves, but when you add a splash of pineapple it takes things to an entirely new level of goodness.
This cocktail has four main ingredients, and all should be staples in your at-home bar collection:
- Orange Liquor
- Pineapple Juice
BUT there is a surprising guest that makes an appearance too! MINT.
Mint is not a required ingredient, but makes this oh-so refreshing. Gently muddling in either sugar or the lime juice helps to extract that minty flavor and pairs beautifully with pineapple. Use if you would like, but these are equally delicious without. Either way, this easy pineapple margarita recipe is sure to become a staple!
Do you need triple sec for margaritas?
Ok, now the number one question I get time and time again… Do you need triple sec for margaritas?
Here is the deal… Triple sec is a version of orange liquor. You can use other brands in its place, which I highly recommend, and YES it is necessary to get that classic margarita flavor.
However, in a pinch, I have substituted a teaspoon of orange extract. It just isn’t the same. Reach for the real stuff. We recently tried this Patron version, pictured above, and enjoy Cointreau.
What is the best type of tequila for a margarita?
And now, the nitty gritty. What is the very best tequila to use for a margarita??
The answer is simple, any silver tequila is going to be your best bet. It mixes well and tastes great. Here are our go-to grabs when we plan on making margaritas at home:
- Jose Cuervo Blue Agave
- Patron Silver
- 1800 Tequila Silver
These three are reasonably priced, with the patron being on the slightly higher end. Really, browse the liquor store and tray a few brands. Eventually you will find a flavor that fits your tastes.
Secrets to making the perfect margaritas:
Ready for my tips? I like to think of these as the three golden rules. I also should mention these are just your base. Do not be afraid to play with flavors!
- Measure the ingredients- This seems like a pretty basic tip, but adding the wrong balance of ingredients can make or break your margarita.
- Shake, do not stir. Because margaritas use citrus, it is SO important to mix them well. A shaker, or mason jar, can be used to really shake things up.
- Or blend! Another option is to blend! Add everything with some ice into a blender and give it a good pulse.
My preferred ratio is 2 oz tequila, 1 oz orange liquor, 1 oz lime juice.
Since this is a pineapple margarita, there is going to be some serious pineapple juice mixed in too. I opted to go on the sweeter side and added about 1/4 cup to each margarita. I suggest starting there and adding more as needed. This also eliminates the need for simple syrup, since most pineapple juices are plenty sweet all on their own.
Pro tip: No cocktail shaker? No problem! Use a mason jar with a secure lid and shake, shake, shake.
PS-These would be SO GOOD served with my pineapple popsicles.
More Tequila Recipes:
- Easy Margarita Recipe
- Strawberry Lemonade Margarita Recipe
- Paloma Cocktail Recipe
- Tequila Mojito
- Pineapple Ice Cream (Would make a wonderful margarita float!)
Pineapple Margarita Recipe
- 2 oz tequila
- 1 oz orange liquor
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1/4 cup Pineapple juice
- mint optional
- If using the mint, muddle gently in the bottom of a cocktail shaker or mason jar.
- Fill the shaker halfway with ice.
- Add the tequila, orange liquor, lime juice, and pineapple juice. Shake well.
- Pour into a prepared glass and enjoy!