Tangy, spicy, and delicious – what more could anyone ask for in a specialty cocktail? The pineapple jalapeno margarita puts a unique spin on a classic drink, using the ubiquitous jalapeno to give the cocktail an edge over its competition.
If you’re someone who loves a good margarita as much as you love a well-made jalapeno popper, then this might just be the drink for you.
How to Make a Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita
- ¾ oz. triple sec
- 1 ½ oz. reposado tequila
- ½ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- ½ oz. pineapple juice
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 11-inch pineapple chunk cubed
- 1 thinly sliced jalapeno
- For garnish: a wedge of lime, a slice of fresh jalapeno, a chunk of pineapple
- Pour the sugar and black pepper into a shallow dish and combine.
- Rub the rim of a margarita glass using a slice of lime to wet it and gently push it into the pepper and sugar mix. Coat the rim evenly and set it aside.
- Combine the triple sec, jalapeno round, and pineapple chunks into a shaker and muddle it gently.
- Pour the tequila, pineapple juice, and lime juice into the shaker along with some ice, covering the muddled fruit. Shake the contents well until combined and chilled.
- Double-strain the drink over fresh ice, into the prepared and chilled glass.
- Add a lime wedge, a pineapple chunk, and a jalapeno round to the glass for garnish.
About and History
What can we say about the margarita that hasn’t already been said? This simple drink – which is composed of tequila, fresh lime, and orange liqueur – has taken on hundreds of variations over the years, proving that it’s a classic that will stand the test of time.
But where did the margarita get its start?
There are many stories that lend themselves to the beginnings of the margarita. Some give credit to a rich Dallas society woman named Margarita Sames, who invented the drink and passed it along to the Hilton Hotels menu. Other stories give credit to many different sources.
Regardless of the drink’s origin, the International Bartenders Association set the stand with a 7:4:3 ratio of tequila, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice.
Menus around the globe have come up with their own variation of the cocktail, adding fruity flavors and even combining the drink with beers and wines. You can get it served up with salt or sugar on the rim, and you can take it on the rocks or as a frozen drink.
But the pineapple jalapeno margarita is a variation of its own that really seems to tap into the Mexican vibe. Using reposado instead of blanco and adding in a savory kick with jalapeno, margarita lovers around the world will thoroughly enjoy this twist on the classic bar favorite.
For an extra cold and refreshing drink, try chilling your glass ahead of time in the freezer. Enjoy!