Frozen Pineapple Margarita ~ The classic blended margarita gets a tropical update with fresh pineapple transporting you to the nearest island. Who says the margaritas have to stop flowing after Cinco de Mayo? A good margarita is needed and wanted all year long.
Usually I am boring, I just mix the basic margarita ingredients, pour over ice, and enjoy. But with all this pineapple around the house, well, something fabulous needed to be done. Enter the pineapple margarita.
The weather is warming, dinners will be eaten outside, and cocktails will be slushy and fruity. I do love this time of year.
During my recent trip to California, I went to dinner with ‘my girls’, my sister Ashley, cousin Stephanie, and friends, Kim and Wendy. We ordered various fruity margaritas which tasted more like they came from the slushy machine at the local convenience store than a Mexican restaurant.
After that dinner, I decided I was going to make my own frozen beverage and make it worthy of all the American tourist traps in Mexico (because I’m not sure actual Mexicans drink these.) I feel I was a success, and my taste-testers agreed as well.
Frozen Pineapple Margarita
- 1 1/2 cups ice
- 4 cups fresh pineapple; chopped; plus a few chunks for optional garnish
- 1/3 cup fresh lime juice , plus some pulp
- 1/2 cup tequila silver
- 1/4 cup orange liqueur (triple sec or cointreau)
- 1/4 cup agave syrup (or simple syrup); more if desired
- Add the ice, pineapple, lime juice/pulp, tequila, orange liqueur, and agave syrup to a blender.
- Blend until combined.
- Serve and enjoy responsibly.
- Freeze any remaining cocktail or keep in the freezer until ready to serve. A quick pulse in the blender maybe requires and the juices separate after some time.
Whether you’re sitting on a beach in Mexico, in your Midwest backyard, or your city 6-floor walk up, this margarita will tantalize your tastebuds with good quality tequila (which is what I recommend, cheap tequila is just that, cheap, and not usually pure tequila, but that’s another story for another time) and fresh pineapple shines through, making it a true tropical experience.