These Pineapple Jalapeño Pitcher Margaritas infuse good-quality tequila with spicy jalapeño. Mix with pineapple juice for a margarita that balances sweetness and heat!
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When was the last time you went a bit outside your culinary comfort zone?
I recently ventured into the world of spicy cocktails with this Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita. Most of my experiences with spicy cocktails in the past weren’t positive ones, as I find that spicy cocktails usually turn out a little too spicy. What I want (and rarely seem to get) is something balanced; not something that’s so hot from spice that it annihilates all the other flavors in the drink.
A Classic Margarita with a Spicy Twist
This margarita, made for me by a friend, was her attempt to get me to change my mind. And—shocker—it worked! The sweetness of the pineapple tempers the tingle of the jalapeño.
And the rim of the glass? Lined with salt and Tajín, a widely available Mexican seasoning made of salt, chili, and dehydrated lime. You can often find it in the spice aisle or the ethnic/Mexican food aisle of your local supermarket.
Pro tip! In Mexico, you’ll often see it sprinkled over fresh fruit such as cantaloupe or mango. I highly recommend giving it a try for your next brunch or cookout.
Use Añejo or Reposado Tequila for Smooth Flavor
Lastly, this margarita uses barrel-aged tequila such as añejo or reposado (the golden-colored tequilas) to give it a toasty flavor. These are tequilas that have been aged in wooden containers. Aged tequilas are generally smoother and have flavors of vanilla, spice, caramel, and butter that pair well with pineapple.
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For your next Taco Tuesday, try giving this cocktail a go. It’s a perfect blend of sweet and spicy that’ll turn anyone with even the slightest fear of heat into a fan.
Try These Variations!
- Grilled Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita: Grill a few wedges of pineapple and a jalapeño or two until they have a nice char. Muddle them with the tequila and follow the rest of the directions below. The result is smoky and delectable.
- Cilantro Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita: Muddling a few tablespoons of fresh cilantro adds a lovely herbal flavor to the drink.
MORE SUMMERY COCKTAILS
- Classic Margarita
- Blueberry Pitcher Margaritas
- Watermelon Pitcher Margaritas
- Mixed Berry Sangria
- Mint and Lime Mojito
Pineapple Jalapeño Pitcher Margaritas Recipe
Buy tequila that has been aged for at least two months is marked "100% de agave." Tequilas that aren’t are often mixed with fermented cane juice and result in an overly sweet, lesser quality tequila with way more burn on the way down.
- 1/4 cup Kosher or other high-quality salt, for garnish (optional)
- 3 teaspoons Tajín seasoning, for garnish (optional)
- Fresh lime wedges, for rimming the glasses and garnish
- 1 jalapeño, sliced into rounds (use more or less, depending on how spicy you prefer it)
- 1 1/4 cups aged tequila, such as reposado or añejo
- 3 cups pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- Extra jalapeño slice, pineapple wedges, and lime wedges for garnish
1 Prep the glasses: Combine the salt and Tajín in a small bowl or plate. Next, take a glass (a cocktail or coupe glass will do, though a canning jar is just as easy) and rub the rim of it with a wedge of lime. Dip the glass into the salt and give it a small turn or two to coat the rim.
2 Infuse the tequila: Place the jalapeño and 3 tablespoons of the tequila into a pitcher. Using a muddler (or a wooden spoon, or potato masher), muddle together the tequila and the jalapeño for about 10 to 15 seconds. This will infuse some of the tequila with the heat and flavor of the chili pepper.
If you want the heat to be stronger, continue to muddle and taste the tequila as you go. The more your bruise the chili pepper, the more spicy flavor will work its way into the cocktail.
3 Make the cocktail: Add the remaining tequila, pineapple juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice and stir together. Stir together and pour into the prepared glasses straight or over ice.
This can be made a few hours ahead, but not too much longer as citrus juice has a tendency to become a bit bitter after extended contact with air.
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Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita
The title of this drink sounds so perfectly festive, you don’t even need a sip it to understand the magic. This flavor pairing was simply meant to be: the Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita! This spin on the classic margarita is sweet tart and tropical with a spicy kick. There’s nothing better than fruity pineapple combined with the heat of the mighty jalapeño. Here’s how to harness the magic of these simple flavors and make one of our favorite margarita recipes…ever.
How to Make the Spicy Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita! #margarita #recipevideo
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I don&rsquot know about you, but I love a good amount of spice in my cocktails. This spicy Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita is destined to be a hit! .
Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita:
2 oz Herradura Blanco Tequila.
Juice of half a lime.
1 1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice.
1 oz Triple Sec.
1 Jalapeño round.
Lime or chili salt for rim.
Garnish with jalapeno and pineapple slice.
HOW TO MAKE IT:
Step 1) Add pineapple chunk and jalapeño round into a shaker and gently muddle..
Step 2) Add the tequila, triple sec, lime juice and pineapple juice with ice and shake until well-chilled..
Step 3) Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of the glass and then dip in salt..
Step 4) Double strain into the prepared glass over fresh ice..
Step 5)Garnish with a pineapple chunk and a jalapeno round..
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PINEAPPLE JALAPENO MARGARITA
Since Cinco de Mayo is coming up in a month I have been wanting to come up with a delicious margarita I can have at home. My mom introduced me to a mixer recently that was pineapple with a bit of a kick and that gave me some inspiration to create a Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita. While researching different tequilas I came across one by Dulce Vida that is infused with pineapple and jalapeño. This tequila is insanely smooth which makes it a bit dangerous and very easy to drink. Personally, I like a bit of spice, but not too much. So, don’t worry this is a mild drink, but with enough of a unique kick. I found all the ingredients very easily right now, so it won’t take too much and you may already have some of the items at home in your bar.
I only used one jalapeño slice in each margarita and removed the seeds because I didn’t want it to be too hot and it was perfect for my taste. If you like it on the SPICY side, then by all means, add more jalapeño slices! Fresh pineapple is best in my opinion, but if you have canned pineapple chunks, then you could use that too.
The rim of this margarita is a simply Tajin… this gives a bit of salty and spice, plus it complements all of the flavors of the margarita perfectly. If you like things sweeter, then you could use sugar for the rim.
Cheers! A muddled pineapple chunk, jalapeño slice, and lime, mixed with triple sec, Dulce Vida pineapple jalapeño, and a splash of sour mix is sweet, savory, tart… and well… just absolutely amazing! Dulce Vida also has a grapefruit tequila and a Paloma mix, so that may be the next drink on my list.
Jalapeño Pineapple Margaritas
I am thinking we all need a bit of a virtual happy hour.
With all the craziness of the holiday season in full swing, I couldn’t think of a better way to bring on some relaxation than a new spin on my favorite cocktail, a margarita!
Tequila has never let me down. Wait, I retract that comment. There has been a few times it has been a bit too tasty and I may or may not have had one too many. Luckly those nights never ended in actions I later regretted. Just an early bedtime.
Would it be more convincing if I told you those nights ended with dancing stupidly at a bar? Or something else far too embarrassing too discuss?
I could. But I would be lying and that is not what our friendship is based on here! Rather, I like our friendship to be based on love, way too much chatter and tasty margaritas!
A few months ago when Mr HIT and I traveled to Chicago for a friends wedding, we had a few hours to kill and were dying for some tasty food as Chicago has some pretty amazing food. Unfortunately, we didn’t indulge in deep dish pizza but we did stumble upon a great little spot for some authentic Mexican food and tequila. And let me tell you, they did not disappoint! Three margaritas later we were feeling gooooodddd.
Mr HIT is a bit more adventurous in the cocktail realm than I am. What can I say, I just like my margaritas with some top shelf tequila, a touch of grand mariner and fresh lime juice. You can’t mess with perfection. Well they had one that caught both of our eyes. A fresh pineapple margarita with a jalapeño infused simple syrup. Sweet, spicy and potent all in the same sip. Perfection.
After falling in love, we antagonized the bartender on how to make them. Because Mr HIT immediately demanded I recreate these at home for him. Minus the $12 price tag. A task I was willing to take on. Upon arriving at home, I gathered the ingredients – a fresh pineapple, plump jalapeños and our best tequila. The drink starts out with a simple syrup. It seems daunting but really is just that, simple. Boil water and sugar together, chill then you are done! Throw some jalapeño in while it is simmering to infuse the syrup, and the drink, with a subtle spice rather than a ‘in your face’ heat. You can adjust the amount of heat for your preference by adding more or less jalapeño. While the syrup is simmering, cut up fresh jalapeno and puree. You can use pineapple juice here, but there is no comparison to bright and crisp pineapple. And to keep the calories in check, light lemonade is added.
Confession time? Crystal Light lemonade is my secret weapon for making my skinny margaritas.
A girls gotta watch her figure while sitting next to that endless chip basket!
These pineapple margaritas are simple to make and easy to drink! So today I am raising my glass for virtual CHEERS!
Tools I used to make this recipe:
Skinny Jalapeño Pineapple Margaritas are makeover with homemade spicy simple syrup, fresh pureed pineapple and light lemonade!
- Simple Syrup:
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup Truvia Baking Blend (or 1/2 cup sugar)
- 1 jalapeño, sliced
- Drink Ingredients:
- 2 cups fresh pineapple or 1 cup pineapple juice
- 4 cups Crystal Light lemonade (or margarita mix)
- 6 oz white tequila (4 shots)
- 3 oz triple sec (2 shots)
- 2 fresh limes
- Salt, for rimming
- In a small pan, mix the water, trivia (or sugar) and jalapeño and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. Add mixture to a blender and puree on high until smooth. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer and into a small container. Put the syrup in the fridge to chill while prepping the other ingredients.
- Rinse out the blender and add the fresh pineapple. Puree until smooth.
- In a pitcher, add the pineapple puree, lemonade, tequila, triple sec and simple syrup. Stir well.
- Use the lime wedge to rub around the rim of the 4 glasses, then dip the rim in the salt. Then fill with ice.
- Pour the margarita mixture among the 4 glasses and garnish with squeezed lime wedge.
*To make a large batch, double the ingredients.
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Frozen Pineapple Jalapeno Margaritas
Hey friends I think you went and celebrated the 4th of July without me this weekend.
I wasn’t there. I was very late to the party… in fact I didn’t make it at all.
I thought we were all being normal and celebrating on the actual 4th until I returned to my hotel after the longest and hottest Dallas Texas weekend work day to find literally (not literally) everyone at the pool in their bikinis and espadrilles (sos) having what seemed to be either the time of their lives or the time of their lives faked enough for Instagram. Either way I ate popcorn in on my hotel bed alone trying to talk myself into a shower while listening to the party downstairs.
All of this to say… well done. Way to summer.
I’m here a little late, but hopefully not too too late with a party margarita for you and us.
And also… bikinis and heels. Is that a thing still because I think I unsubscribed from that about 12 years ago. I dunno… what do I know.
So the thing about home margaritas is that you’re at home and likely there’s no one to bring you barrels full of corn chips and guacamole. You’re going to have to plan ahead for success. Since you’re making an entire pitcher and margaritas, might as well invite some friends to join (and obviously – request that they bring chips and salsa and maybe burritos).
Here’s what you’ll want to make these margaritas just right:
• frozen pineapple chunks – either pineapple you’ve peeled and sliced yourself and frozen (GO YOU!) or store bought frozen pineapple chunks (I feel like organic is best and really quite fine).
• lime juice – a lot of it and always freshly juiced from real limes. We’re worth it.
• silver tequila and triple sec orange liqueur
• coarsely chopped fresh jalapeño, seeds removed and discarded. The jalapeño, even without the seeds, will add a bit of heat. I added the whole jalapeño because I like things spicy but half of a jalapeño would be just perfect!
• a salty sweet mixture to rim the glasses: coarse salt, granulated sugar, and chili lime powder I found at Trader Joes.
Ok ok frozen things first:
a few cups of ice cubes + a pound of frozen pineapple chunks.
The frozen pineapple will make the margaritas extra smooth (frozen fruits blend smoother believe it or not), and surprisingly creamy.
I added a whole jalapeño (without those extra spicy seeds). The jalapeño itself holds plenty of spice so half of a jalapeño will do just fine to add enough pleasing heat.
All the liquids: just under half a cup of fresh lime juice + just under half a cup of (YAY!) silver tequila + triple sec and orange juice.
Plenty of sweetness comes from the pineapple, triple sec and orange juice. The jalapeño adds a nice spice balance.
I have one too many stories about the time a blender lid came off the blender MID-BLEND and listen… I don’t need any more stories so now I always have my hand on top of the blender lid.
Blended to smooth and then get to the glasswork.
I rimmed each glass with a combination of coarse salt, granulated sugar, and a chili lime spice.
Salty, sweet, spicy it’s everything!
Smooth and pourable and inherently on that frozen margarita time clock because it’s summer and we’re all melting… each and every one of us, margaritas included.
It’s bright and spicy. Fresh and homemade which means rustle up a batch of homemade guacamole or a few fish tacos and call it a festive summer time!
I’d also like to add that these margaritas would be equally delicious made with frozen strawberries or frozen mangos. The trick is to keep the fruit frozen before blending. Listen… it’s obviously like rocket science, but just a little bit easier and more delicious.
Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita
There are nearly as many Margarita variations as people to make them. The classic recipe, composed simply of tequila, orange liqueur and fresh lime juice, has inspired countless takes over the decades and helped to cement the Margarita as one of the most popular drinks in the world. One of cocktail’s main selling points is that its ingredients are versatile and can be combined with numerous additions, from tropical fruits to spicy peppers.
Blogger and recipe developer Matt Armato employs both in his aptly named Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita. The fruit and pepper are muddled in the shaker to release their juices (you can control the jalapeño’s spice by choosing whether to remove the seeds before muddling) and then shaken with reposado tequila, triple sec, lime juice and more pineapple juice.
Reposado tequila, used in place of the usual blanco expression, lends notes of sweet oak and spice to the drink, producing a slightly richer Margarita than the classic. In another fun addition, the resulting cocktail is served in a glass that’s been rimmed with a sugar-black pepper mixture to provide a sweet and savory kick with each sip.
The Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita is refreshing and satisfying, different enough from the traditional formula to entice drinkers who desire something new, while still respecting the original’s timeless blend of sweet, tart and earthy flavors.
Big Batch Cocktails: Pineapple Jalapeño Margaritas
Eventually we are all going to be released from isolation (some of us even before Cinco de Mayo. ) and you’re going to thank me for this party drink: Big Batch Pineapple Jalapeño Margaritas. I’ve made these for a few parties in the past and I never seemed to get the spice level quite right…they were always a little too weak. I think I was afraid of the heat at first, but now I really enjoy a spicy cocktail…so I’ve finally perfected it!
First, you have to make sure you get enough jalapeños in the simple syrup to get the heat to come through. Second, you need to slice up an extra pepper or two to stick in the pitcher. You’ll get the most heat from letting the peppers soak in the tequila overnight. If you overdo it, you can always cool things down with more pineapple juice (and tequila). Or you can keep the heat more mild in the first place by just using some sliced jalapeño in the pitcher for a few hours before serving. I personally used 2 sliced peppers in the pitcher for about 3 hours before serving it up, but I also liked what happened to the leftovers after sitting overnight. The spice hits you a little in the back of the throat but doesn’t punch you in the face – just the way I like a spicy drink!
Adding Jalapeno to Margaritas
My friend’s cocktail actually called for jalapeno/pineapple-infused tequila. While this would require some extra DIY effort, I managed to put together a few quick shortcuts.
If you simply use jalapeno as a garnish alone, the overall spice will be very, very subtle and the jalapenos will slowly add heat to the drink as you sip it. If you prefer more pronounced heat (LIKE ME), shake fresh jalapenos slices along with the cocktail in the shaker to fully infuse the margarita with more jalapeno spice. This is honestly the way to go.
Just note, not all jalapenos are created equal, some are spicy while others are really mild. Just make sure you know what you’re dealing with before making your cocktail.
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Want to mix up a batch for a crowd? Instead of making single drinks, mix up a big pitcher. Here’s what to do: we did the math so you don’t have to! To make a pitcher that serves 8 drinks, mix together in a pitcher:
- 1 ½ cups tequila
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- ¾ cup Cointreau
- ¾ cup lime juice
Add 3 handfuls of ice and stir until cold. Pour into glasses and serve!