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June 15, 2021

Frozen Pineapple Margarita | Best Summer Cocktail

This Frozen Pineapple Margarita recipe is the premium Summer day cocktail you’ve been looking for.  Made with smooth tequila, fresh pineapple juice – I dare you to have just one!

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A small glass filled with a frozen pineapple margarita garnished with a lime wedge

This Frozen Pineapple Margarita recipe is the premium Summer day cocktail you’ve been looking for.  Made with smooth tequila, fresh pineapple juice – I dare you to have just one!

Raise your hand if you love a good frozen margarita recipe?  Both of our hands raised here!  You are going to love this easy margarita recipe that is perfect for all of your Summer festivities. Hot Summer days are upon us and you’re going to need a refreshing cocktail recipe to cool things down.

Whether you’re planning a virtual happy hour, your next holiday party, this easy frozen drink recipe is perfections.  Did anyone say Cinco de Mayo?  We’ll take two!

Also, if you love a refreshing mararita, you have to try our Cadillac Margarita, too!

Make this pineapple margarita recipe frozen, serve on the rocks or in a pitcher.  All of the details below!

A small glass filled with a frozen pineapple margarita garnished with a lime wedge

WHAT IS A PINEAPPLE MARGARITA? 

A pineapple margarita is a simple cocktail using pineapple juice, lime juice, tequila and Grand Marnier.

We like to make this frozen pineapple margarita recipe with aged quality tequila reposado in place of silver tequila and Grand Marnier in place of classic triple sec. 

And trust us, the surprising burst of sweet orange flavor from the Grand Marnier is a welcomed addition to this premium margarita recipe.  

A bottle of Grand Marnier and Milagro silver tequila

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WHAT IS THE BEST TEQUILA FOR MARGARITAS? 

While we like to make our margaritas with premium tequila, many premium options can get pretty costly. 

With that said, we are including our favorite premium tequila brands and classic tequila at all price points.  Many, if not all, of the below are some of the top rated choices on the market today.  

If you have a favorite type of tequila not listed below, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below so we can expand this list. 🙂

OUR FAVORITE PREMIUM TEQUILA BRANDS: 

  • Casamigo Reposado TequilaCasamigos Reposado is aged for 7 months. It is soft, slightly oaky with hints of caramel and cocoa. It has a silky texture with a medium to long smooth finish.  $54.99 for 750ml
  • Clase Azul ReposadoWhile you’re sipping your Clase Azul Reposado Tequila, you’ll enjoy the scents of spice, cream soda, caramel and agave. The flavors of this tequila include apple cider, jasmine, cinnamon and honey. $158 for 750ml
  • Tears of Llorona No. 3 Extra Añejo TequilaTears of Llorona is a rare, small batch, extra anejo Tequila, aged five years in oak barrels that have previously held scotch, sherry, and brandy. This unique triple barreling and extra-long aging creates a complex, layered fusion that is more like a cognac or a very old whiskey, yet it retains clear agave notes.  $250 for 750ml
  • Cazadores ReposadoWhen you sip Cazadores Reposado, you’ll get a taste of the Jalisco Highlands and smell the agave aroma. You’ll also notice warm tasting notes, including baked pear, cinnamon and vanilla.  $45
  • Riazul Tequila Añejo – $60 for 750ml

MORE BUDGET-FRIENDLY TEQUILA OPTIONS: 

  • Milagro 
  • 1800 
  • Patron 
  • Jose Cuervo
  • Casamigos
  • Don Julio
  • Hornito 
  • Camarena

TIPS FOR MAKING A FROZEN PINEAPPLE MARGARITA 

The key to making a good margarita is to use the very best ingredients your wallet will allow.  A premium margarita calls for premium ingredients. 

When possible, I also recommend using freshly squeezed pineapple juice and freshly squeezed lime juice (optional).  Doing so will really enhance the flavor of your frozen drink.  Trust me!  

Even better, if you have them feel free to add in frozen pineapple chucks for even more flavor.  It’s completely optional, but we think you’ll love it on a hot Summer day.  

Do you have to include the Grand Marnier?  The simple is answer is no.  But, if you’re considering skipping this ingredient – don’t.  The Grand Marnier is a hero ingredient in this drink recipe.  If necessary, you can also choose to serve the Grand Marnier on the side in a shot glass or as a topper.  

CAN YOU USE COINTREAU INSTEAD OF TRIPLE SEC OR GRAND MARNIER?

I always recommend using Cointreau or Grand Marnier instead of a less expensive alternative.  To achieve a well-balanced frozen margarita, you need a higher quality orange liqueur or triple sec. If you prefer Cointreau over Grand Marnier, go for it!  

A small glass filled with a frozen pineapple margarita garnished with a lime wedge

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ARE PINEAPPLE MARGARITAS GLUTEN FREE?

Margaritas are typically made with tequila (gluten-free), freshly squeezed pineapple juice (gluten-free) and triple sec. Most triple sec brands are gluten-free, but we always recommend checking the brand first.

HOW MANY CALORIES ARE IN A PINEAPPLE MARGARIA? 

While it can vary based on the type of tequila and simple syrup you use, this margarita recipe contains approximately 290 calories.  

HOW TO MAKE A SPICY PINEAPPLE MARGARITA?

If you are looking to make a spicy pineapple margarita, feel free to add 1/2 tablespoon chipotle chili powder and granish with a fresh jalapeno pepper.  

Two small glasses filled with a frozen pineapple margarita garnished with a lime wedge

FROZEN PINEAPPLE MARGARITA INGREDIENTS 

HOW TO MAKE A PINEAPPLE MARGARITA

FROZEN PINEAPPLE MARGARITA

  1. Wet the rim of your glasses (margarita glass or short cocktail glass will do) with lime juice or a lime slice, agave syrup or simple syrup.  Salt rim of the glasses with sea salt.
  2. Add ice, fresh pineapple juice, fresh lime juice (optional), simple syrup or agave syrup, tequila and Grand Marnier to a blender and blend until smooth, 1-2 minutes. If you care to, don’t miss adding frozen pineapple chucks for even more flavor.  
  3. Once well blended, add the margarita mix to your glass and garnish with an a pineapple wedge and or lime wedge.  Enjoy!

PINEAPPLE MARGARITA ON THE ROCKS 

  1. Wet the rim of your glasses (margarita glass or short cocktail glass will do) with lime juice or a lime slice, agave syrup or simple syrup.  Salt rim of the glasses with sea salt.
  2. Add ice to your glass and set aside. 
  3. Next, fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.  Add fresh pineapple juice, fresh lime juice (optional), simple syrup or agave syrup, tequila and Grand Marnier.  Shake for 10-15 seconds until chilled and well combined. 
  4. Strain the cocktail mixture into a glass filled with ice.  
  5. Garnish with an a pineapple wedge and or lime wedge.  Enjoy!

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Frozen Pineapple Margarita | Best Summer Cocktail

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This Frozen Pineapple Margarita recipe is the premium Summer day cocktail you've been looking for.  Made with smooth tequila, fresh pineapple juice – I dare you to have just one!
SERVES/MAKES: 2 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces fresh pineapple juice
  • 1.5 ounces Tequila
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 ounce agave syrup or simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Salt for rim, optional
  • Pineapple wedge, lime slice for garnish, optional

Instructions:

FROZEN PINEAPPLE MARGARITA

  • Wet the rim of your glasses (margarita glass or short cocktail glass will do) with lime juice or a lime slice, agave syrup or simple syrup.  Salt rim of the glasses with sea salt.
  • Add ice, fresh pineapple juice, fresh lime juice (optional), simple syrup or agave syrup, tequila and Grand Marnier to a blender and blend until smooth, 1-2 minutes. If you care to, don't miss adding frozen pineapple chucks for even more flavor.  
  • Once well blended, add the margarita mix to your glass and garnish with an a pineapple wedge and or lime wedge.  Enjoy!

PINEAPPLE MARGARITA ON THE ROCKS 

  • Wet the rim of your glasses (margarita glass or short cocktail glass will do) with lime juice or a lime slice, agave syrup or simple syrup.  Salt rim of the glasses with sea salt.
  • Add ice to your glass and set aside. 
  • Next, fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.  Add fresh pineapple juice, fresh lime juice (optional), simple syrup or agave syrup, tequila and Grand Marnier.  Shake for 10-15 seconds until chilled and well combined. 
  • Strain the cocktail mixture into a glass filled with ice.  
  • Garnish with an a pineapple wedge and or lime wedge.  Enjoy!

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