Spicy Pineapple Margarita

"Confession: I never liked jalapeño peppers growing up. It wasn’t until I was a lot older, when I unknowingly tried the spicy peppers in a dish, that I learned to like them! Jalapeños may have been too spicy 🔥 for my palette as a kid, but now as an adult, I’ve acquired my taste buds to try anything once and I’m glad I did because this cocktail is SO good 😋 ! This Spicy Pineapple Margarita hits your mouth with an instant sweetness that mixes really well with the simple syrup and lime juice. On the back end is when you feel a little heat from the peppers, but it’s quickly mellowed out by the @patron tequila that perfectly blends with all the ingredients. I’m curious, what are some foods you disliked when you were younger but learned to enjoy as an adult?"
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This quick and easy spicy pineapple margarita recipe brings together just five ingredients for a vibrant mix of sweet pineapple and fiery jalapeño heat. Perfect for those who love a little spice in their life, it’s the ultimate refreshment with a kick!

Recipe Description

The fresh lime juice adds a zesty punch, complementing the tropical sweetness of pineapple and the bold spice of jalapeño. This cocktail pairs wonderfully with light summer fare like grilled fish tacos or zesty shrimp ceviche, making this drink the perfect accompaniment to a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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Spicy Pineapple Margarita Ingredients

Everything you need to make a pineapple margarita.

  • Patron Tequila: Patron is a well-known brand of premium tequila, often appreciated for its smooth flavor and high quality. It's made from 100% Blue Agave, which gives it a distinct and refined taste. This makes Patron a popular choice for crafting top-notch cocktails, especially margaritas, where the flavor of the tequila is prominent. If Patron is unavailable or you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, any high-quality blanco or silver tequila can be used as a substitute. Brands like Espolon, Don Julio, and Casamigos also offer excellent profiles for cocktails. Ensure that the tequila is 100% agave for the best flavor and authenticity.

    Pineapple Juice: Fresh pineapple juice is preferable for the best flavor and sweetness. Canned or bottled juice can also be used, but ensure it's 100% pineapple juice without added sugars. If the pineapple juice is too sweet, adjusting the amount of lime juice can help balance the sweetness with acidity.

    Simple Syrup: Simple syrup is a basic syrup made from equal parts sugar and water, boiled together until the sugar dissolves. It's a common sweetener in many cocktails because it blends seamlessly without the granular texture of sugar. If you don't have simple syrup or prefer to avoid making it, there are several alternatives. Agave syrup is a great substitute, particularly in tequila-based drinks, as it maintains the agave theme and dissolves easily. Honey or maple syrup can also be used, though they will add their own distinct flavors to the cocktail. When using these thicker syrups, it might be beneficial to dilute them with a bit of warm water to make mixing easier.

Test Kitchen Notes

  • Jalapeño Intensity: The heat level of jalapeños can vary significantly. For those sensitive to spice, start with one or two slices of jalapeño, and taste test before adding more. For those who enjoy more heat, additional slices can be muddled into the mixture or used as a garnish. Removing the seeds and veins from the jalapeño slices before muddling can reduce the heat if desired.

    Salt Rim: For an interesting twist on the traditional salt rim, consider using a mix of salt and chili powder or a specialty margarita salt. This enhances the visual appeal and adds an extra layer of flavor. Applying lime juice to the rim before dipping it into salt helps the salt adhere better and adds a touch of lime flavor to every sip.

    Garnish Options: Beyond jalapeño slices, consider garnishing with a pineapple wedge or a lime wheel to enhance the tropical feel of the drink. Edible flowers or a sprig of mint can add a colorful and fresh decorative touch.

    Tequila Selection: While blanco tequila is recommended, experimenting with reposado tequila could add a subtle depth with its slight oakiness, complementing the robust flavors of the cocktail.


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Prep time 5mins
Serves or Makes: 1 cocktail

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  • 3 slices jalapeño, plus more for garnish
  • 2 ounces Patron tequila
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Salt, for rimming the glass
  • Lime wedges, for garnish


  • Step 1

    Start by preparing your glass. Rim the edge with salt.

  • Step 2

    Add the jalapeño slices, lime juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Muddle these ingredients together to release the jalapeño's heat.

  • Step 3

    Pour in the tequila and pineapple juice, then fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously to combine all the flavors.

  • Step 4

    Strain the mixture into your prepared glass filled with fresh ice.

  • Step 5

    Garnish with additional slices of lime and jalapeño to add an extra touch of spice and presentation.