Grilled Pineapple Margarita

Grilled Pineapple Margarita

Grilled pineapple is currently my very, very favorite thing on the planet. ‘Cause Lord knows, the soccer-hockey-basketball trifecta of worthless sports sure as hell isn’t. HOW IS IT NOT FOOTBALL SEASON YET?!

{I would just like to note that since posting this, I have now watched more soccer than in my seven previous lifetimes combined. And, well, I am a fan. BUT MY ORIGINAL JUDGY DISDAIN FOR BASKETBALL AND HOCKEY REMAINS.}

So I obsessively pour over NFL OTA reports from bloggers who think they know more about football than I think I know about good margaritas. And I obsessively try to work grilled pineapple into anything and everything. Like margaritas.

A tart, fresh lime margarita really doesn’t need anything to make it better, but there’s nothing stopping you from blending it with a leftover slice of grilled, caramelized pineapple.

Grilled Pineapple Margarita

Fruity, summery, and with just the slightly hint of char and smoke from the grill. You could do a lot worse in your search for a signature summer cocktail. But you can’t do much better.

Unless you’re a cilantro fiend like me. And then you’ll probably adore the next margarita even more.

Grilled Pineapple Margarita

Grilled Pineapple Margarita

A tart, fresh lime margarita blended with grilled, caramelized pineapple.

Ingredients

  • 4.5 oz silver tequila
  • 12 oz homemade margarita mix
  • 3 oz orange liqueur
  • 2 Tbsp juices from grilled pineapple*
  • 1 1-inch thick slice of grilled fresh pineapple, plus more for garnish*
  • Crushed ice
  • Salt for rim (optional)
  • * The pineapple should be grilled and chilled so plan ahead. If you aren't using a slice of leftover, already-chilled pineapple, give yourself an extra hour in prep time.

Instructions

  1. To grill a pineapple, remove the husk, slice into ~1-inch thick rings, and place on a preheated grill.
  2. Cook ~4-5 minutes each side until nicely caramelized.
  3. Transfer the pineapple (and all accumulated juices) to a bowl and place in the fridge until cold.
  4. Add the tequila, margarita mix, liqueur, the pineapple juice from the bowl, and a slice of grilled pineapple to a blender.
  5. Blend on high for ~1 minutes until smooth.
  6. (You can strain here if light pulp bothers you - I did not.)
  7. Pour over crushed ice and garnish with small chunks of grilled pineapple, if desired.

Notes

Yields: 4 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 15 minutes

16 comments… add one

  • This is so clever!! I love pineapple!! Will have to try. Perfect idea for summer :)

  • This is really the perfect summer margarita, love the grilled pineapple!!

  • Ashley

    I almost made pineapple jalapeno margaritas last night, but now I’m thinking I’ll need to try this version first. YUM!

  • omg. doing this asap. What a fantastic idea…the ideas are endless now, grill and mix alllll the fruits!

  • Lynn BB

    Love your sports comment!

  • Wow!! What a gorgeous cocktail…the flavors sound AMAZING!

  • This drink looks so good. A perfect Summer drink and all seasons for me. Love the grilled pineapple, and love the margarita = LOVE LOVE LOVE this drink :)

  • Haha…I said a very similar thing to my husband today…”can’t the world cup be over?!” To which he replied, “it just started. Yesterday.”

    This looks fabulous though!

  • Oooh, I am excited for next week’s margarita! I’ve been obsessed with pineapple this year so this one looks pretty good too!

  • michelle

    Exactly! Why is it not football season yet? lol! I LOVE a good margarita, and I love pineapple. Can’t wait to make this!

  • Pretty sure margarita season is the best season of them all!

  • Judy

    This maybe a silly question, but I’ll ask anyway! How do you collect juices from the pineapple slices while grilling? Do you place a pan underneath ?

    • Not while grilling – after grilling, you’ll transfer them to a plate/leftover bowl for storage. That’s when the slices cool and give off several Tbsp of juice.

      • Judy

        Thank You, That’s what I thought, but I’m known for messing up recipes!

  • This is my type of margarita! Pinapple is one of my all-time favorite fruits. I’m pretty sure I’m incapable of resisting anything pineapple, especially if it’s got that fresh grilled char on it. Yum!

  • I am definitely making this. I share your passion for grilled pineapple, and I’m adding this recipe to my blog today (crediting and linking to you, of course).

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