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This pineapple jalapeno margarita recipe is a tasty spin on the classic: tangy with a spicy kick! This pairing of flavors was meant to be.

Pineapple jalapeno margarita

The title of this drink sounds so perfectly festive, you don’t even need a sip it to understand the magic. This flavor pairing was simply meant to be: the Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita! This spin on the classic margarita is sweet tart and tropical with a spicy kick. There’s nothing better than fruity pineapple combined with the heat of the mighty jalapeño. Here’s how to harness the magic of these simple flavors and make one of our favorite margarita recipes…ever.

What’s in a pineapple jalapeno margarita?

There’s the spicy Jalapeño Margarita and the tropical Pineapple Margarita…so it’s only fitting that they had a baby, right? But the heritage of these margarita recipes goes back to the 1930’s with the classic margarita itself: one of the most famous cocktails of all time. It’s on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails, meaning there’s an “official” definition of the margarita: lime juice, Cointreau, and tequila.

The pineapple jalapeno margarita is a spin on those classic flavors, with the addition of pineapple juice and jalapeno pepper slices. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for a pineapple jalapeno margarita:

  • Jalapeño pepper slices
  • Tequila blanco or reposado
  • Pineapple juice
  • Cointreau (orange liqueur)
  • Fresh lime juice
Pineapple jalapeno margarita

Jalapeño peppers vary in heat level

Keep in mind with this pineapple jalapeno margarita: jalapeño peppers vary in heat level! That means that each time you make the drink, it can vary in spiciness. Here are a few notes on customizing to your tastes:

  • 3 to 4 thin jalapeno pepper slices make a medium spicy drink. That means that you can add more for a very hot drink, or use less for mild heat.
  • Remove the seeds to lessen the heat. You can also remove the jalapeno seeds before you add them to the cocktail shaker. This takes down the heat even more. Note that some peppers have areas without a lot of seeds: so if you do want the seeds, you may want to cut more slices and use slices that have more seeds.

Love jalapeño peppers? This mighty pepper adds more than just heat: it has a subtle zingy flavor that’s hard to replicate. Try our Best Jalapeno Recipes.

Exactly how hot is a jalapeno pepper?

Good question! The jalapeño pepper is a medium spicy pepper. The heat rating is 2,500 to 8,000 Scoville heat units (SHU). That doesn’t mean a lot unless you know the ratings for more hot peppers, so here’s where it stacks up against other types of peppers:

  • Green pepper: No spice
  • Anaheim pepper: Very mild
  • Poblano peppers: Mild
  • Jalapeno peppers: Medium hot
  • Serrano peppers: Hot
  • Cayenne: Very hot
  • Habanero: Extremely hot
  • Ghost pepper: Outrageously hot
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How to make a pineapple jalapeno margarita

Enough about the heat: let’s get to the drink! This pineapple jalapeno margarita is the same as any margarita recipe: rim, shake, and strain! The only difference is that you’ll add sliced jalapeno peppers

  1. Rim the glass with salt. Salt enhances the sweet and sour flavors in the drink! Cut a notch in a lime and use it to wet the rim. Then dip the outside of the glass rim in a plate covered in salt.
  2. Thinly slice the jalapeno pepper. Make sure to wash your hands afterwards! You don’t want that spicy juice getting in your eyes later (or other places…just saying!).
  3. Shake in a cocktail shakerShake the ingredients together with ice in a cocktail shaker! Don’t have one? Use a covered jar with a lid.
  4. Strain into a glass and add ice. Strain it into a glass and serve with ice. That’s it!
Pineapple jalapeno margarita

Make a pineapple jalapeno margarita pitcher (serves 8)

Don’t want to make a single drink? You can mix up a pineapple jalapeno margarita pitcher that serves 8 drinks! It’s easy to make and chill in advance when you’re entertaining. Try not to refrigerate it beyond 1 day, since the lime juice can lose flavor. To make a margarita pitcher, in a pitcher stir together:

  • 3 jalapeno peppers, sliced (24 to 32 slices)
  • 1 ½ cups tequila
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • ¾ cup Cointreau
  • ¾ cup lime juice

Add 3 handfuls of ice and stir until cold (this is important to dilute the drink, much like you would when shaking it into a cocktail shaker). Pour into glasses and serve!

Pair it with food!

Most of our 200+ cocktail recipes are best served on their own to be able to fully appreciate the flavors. But not so with the margarita! This tangy cocktail is one of our favorites to pair with food. What to pair with a pineapple jalapeno margarita?

Pineapple jalapeno margarita

When to serve a pineapple jalapeno margarita

This spicy pineapple jalapeno margarita is festive and fun, perfect for impressing guests or serving for taco night or Cinco de Mayo. It works as a:

  • Happy hour drink
  • Dinner party drink
  • Late night drinks drink
  • Guys or girls night drink
  • Cocktail hour drink
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Pineapple jalapeno margarita

Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


This pineapple jalapeno margarita recipe is a tasty spin on the classic: tangy with a spicy kick! This pairing of flavors was meant to be. 


  • 3 to 4 jalapeño pepper slices*
  • 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) tequila blanco or reposado
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) pineapple juice
  • ¾ ounce (1 ½ tablespoons) Cointreau
  • ¾ ounce (1 ½ tablespoon) fresh lime juice
  • Kosher salt or flaky sea salt, for the rim
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice)
  • For the garnish: pineapple wedge, jalapeno slice


  1. Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run the lime around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of salt (or for a festive look, use Margarita Salt).
  2. Slice the jalapeño pepper into 3 to 4 thin slices for a medium spicy drink; customize with more or less as necessary. If you prefer a more subtle heat, remove the seeds.* (Wash your hands well afterward.)
  3. Place the jalapeño slices, tequila, pineapple juice, Cointreau and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake until cold. Strain the margarita into the glass with the salted rim. Fill the glass with ice and serve.


*To make a pineapple jalapeno margarita pitcher that serves 8, mix together in a pitcher: 3 sliced jalapeno peppers (24 to 32 slices), 1 ½ cups tequila, 2 cups pineapple juice, ¾ cup Cointreau, and ¾ cup lime juice. Add 3 handfuls of ice and stir until cold. Pour into glasses and serve!

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Mexican inspired
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Pineapple jalapeno margarita

More margarita recipes!

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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