Pineapple Margaritas

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Pineapple Margarita

When we were dating, we took our first “together” trip together to Keystone, Colorado. My future husband (I was pretty certain that I had it in the bag by then) grew up skiing.

Me? I grew up in Texas.

In a classic – and somewhat predictable – display of grace and coordination, I ended up strapped to a backboard, wrapped in a tarp, and hauled away tied to the bumper of a ski mobile after only 1 trip down the kiddie practice slope.

Not. Embarrassing. At. All.

I spent the rest of that week limping around the resort on a bum knee, shopping and reading by a gigantic fireplace. I spent evenings hanging out at the bar, playing pool with the Texas Tech spring breakers, while waiting on Jason to finish up his night runs. Drinking margaritas.

You can probably guess that my vacation wasn’t ruined one single bit 🙂

After giving me two pretty terrible margaritas in a row (What? People don’t order those in Colorado in February?!), the bartender cried uncle and whipped me up a “frozen matador.” The drink was almost a pineapple margarita: pineapple juice, tequila, lime juice and a couple of frozen chunks of pineapple to keep the drink cold. It was the kind of drink that you sip when it’s 90 degrees outside, not 20.

But, like the trooper I am, I managed.

Last summer, we drank ourselves into a Pineapple Margarita circle. It was almost as fun as it sounds. And we got two delicious but very different margarita recipes out of it. For the classic on-the-rocks version, I started essentially with a modified Matador, tried to get away from the canned juice (margarita snob alert!) by using fresh fruit instead. But I was never totally happy so we switched to frozen… and then arrived back at the Matador-style cocktail.

One of the biggest problems is that fresh pineapple is deceptively sweet. I always seem to forget just how acidic it is until I’m near the bottom of Frozen Margarita #1 or after a couple of generous scoops of pineapple salsa. And then my tongue burns, my lips get all weird and peely, and the inside of my mouth feels like I’ve eaten 3 tubes of razor blade-covered Pringles.

Does this happen to you? Because it does to both of us. And it’s a little unpleasant. And nothing disguised as a margarita should ever inflict that kind of pain on anyone… before the next day.

The on-the-rocks version doesn’t do that – the canned pineapple juice is much less acidic than the fresh fruit. They’re refreshing, super smooth, and the perfect tropical-inspired cocktail for people who don’t really care for rum. Like me!

And if you do want to try a frozen version, swap out the mango for pineapple in this recipe. But maybe you keep some chapstick handy.

We’ll be sharing our other pineapple cocktail soon – stay tuned!

Pineapple Margaritas

Pineapple juice transforms the standard margarita into a tropical cocktail.


  • For the homemade margarita mix:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (~8-12 limes)
  • For the margarita:
  • 3 oz tequila
  • 2 oz orange liqueur
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • 3 oz margarita mix
  • Salt or sugar, for rim (optional)
  • Lime wedges, for serving (optional)


  1. Heat water and sugar in a small sauce pan until completely dissolved and the water is clear. Let cool.
  2. Pour into a pitcher with lime juice. Homemade margarita mix done! It will keep a couple of weeks covered in the fridge and also freezes nicely into ice cube trays.
  3. To make the margarita, add margarita mix, tequila, orange liqueur, and pineapple juice to a pitcher.
  4. Stir to mix well.
  5. Serve in salt- or sugar-rimmed glasses, over ice.


Yields: 2 drinks

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 15 minutes

19 comments… add one
  • I fell off a ski lift once. I was hanging in the hair by my hands, like 5 feet off the ground. I was 13. Not embarrassing at all. 😉

  • Time for girls night! I can’t wait for the weekend to share this beauty!

  • Oh this looks like the perfect drink. I’ve never skied, I would probably fall off the lift or hit a tree. Just sayin.

  • I love your posts. I know exactly what you mean about the pineapple inflicted damage – I think I ate a pineapple a day for the second 2 trimesters of pregnancy with Andrew. Been waiting all week for these, so I’m counting down the hours til 5!

  • I was born in TX, but moved when I was 3 to upstate New York so skiing was definitely part of how I was raised. But as for this drink, I’ve never had a pineapple margarita and now I want it!

  • Ooooohhh YUM! Those margaritas look so tasty! And I’m not a margarita fan, yet I want to try those!

    I definitely know how embarrassing it is to be carried down the mountain in a toboggan. I’ve done it before after a huge wipeout and it was NOT fun!

    Have a great day!

  • I swear I tried to resist my Obnoxious Know-it-all Tendencies, but as usual, I failed. But, for the record, it isn’t the acid that burns your tongue from pineapple; it has some sort of protein-tenderizing enzyme. So basically the pineapple is dissolving your tongue away. Kidding! I don’t know how it works, just that it does. Anyway, I’ll keep that in mind and stick to the pineapple juice version.

    • That makes a lot of sense! And is completely gross, all at the same time. And I’m going to have to tell a friend that she got ‘scientist-ed’ on her pineapple theory (that’s like getting lawyered but, you know… not.)

  • Jennifer

    Oh Yummy! Great for cinco de mayo!

  • Your first ski experience sounds very similar to mine…except I ended up sliding down a bunny slope. On my butt. the whole way. Awesome.

    Pineapple actually does that to the lining of my stomach instead of to my mouth! Fun! Not. But I do love it so. I’m sure these are amazing.

  • Aww you poor thing! I am sorry your skiing experience was like that, eeesh! Very glad you had matadors to keep you company, though! 🙂 Pineapple margaritas can make anything better!

  • Debra Kapellakis


  • I love pineapple. This looks like a great, refreshing drink.

  • Yes! Pineapple does do that me. The problem is that once I know it’s happening, I usually keep going. Stupid I know, I just love pineapple so much! Can’t wait to give this margarita a try!

  • I absolutely love anything pineapple so I’ll definitely give this drink a try.

  • Ashley Tiblier

    With any of your margaritas, how would you transform them to pitchers? I’m hosting a Monograms & Margaritas bridal shower for about 25 women.

    • Divide the volume (in ounces) of your pitcher by the number of ounces in the recipe (this one yields 12 oz, for example). That will tell you how many times you’ll need to make each recipe to fill a pitcher.

  • KellyO

    OMG I printed this recipe off 2 years ago and my friends and I loved them, perfect marg! I lost the print out and it took 2 years to find this page again, so happy!!

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