This refreshing frozen pineapple margarita is a bright and light cocktail that’s easy to make. It’s perfectly tart with fresh lime and naturally sweetened with 100% pineapple juice and frozen pineapple.
This pineapple margarita recipe is healthier for an alcoholic drink because it uses fresh ingredients and no sugary syrups or fake green lime juice. Plus, there’s no sugar added so you can feel good about sipping this luxurious treat and sharing it with your favorite friends. 😉
You need very little for this tasty delight.
- Your favorite tequila
- Pineapple juice
- Frozen pineapples
- Coarse salt
How to make a frozen margarita
It couldn’t get easier! You just dump the ingredients into the blender, blend until smooth and frothy, and serve in your favorite glass with a salted rim.
The frozen pineapple is the star of this drink because you don’t need to water down your margarita with a lot of ice – you use frozen pineapples instead!
To get the salt on the rim, just take a slice of lime and run it around the rim of the glass, put coarse salt in a small shallow dish, and dip the rim into the salt. It not only looks professional, but it also makes it taste better.
Why is salt used on the rim of margaritas?
If you have ever ordered a margarita at a restaurant the server will always ask, salt or no salt? Am I right?!
Salt acts as a taste enhancer to make those citrus notes shine brighter and reduces the harsh bitterness of the tequila.
What’s the difference between this margarita and traditional ones?
The classic margarita is made with tequila, triple sec and lime juice. Origin stories vary, but the most noted says it’s a traditional Spanish recipe but instead of brandy, it was adapted to use tequila in Mexico.
Margarita means daisy, and daisies are a type of cocktail that uses a base spirit, liquor, and citrus.
If you are wondering if you should use a silver or gold tequila, the best for mixed drinks is silver or clear tequila. The ‘blanco’ or silver tequilas are made solely from the blue agave and it’s not aged, so it’s the least expensive for cocktails like margaritas.
Reposado tequilas are usually gold in color due to aging in oak barrels and are best for premium mixed drinks or taken as a direct shot.
Anejo tequilas have been aged for over a year and are meant to be sipped straight. It has more complex flavors and should be cherished on its own.
Whether you use silver or gold tequila is up to you, either way, the important thing is that the tequila goes into the drink! 😉
How to garnish
When it comes to garnishing, you have so many choices that it might actually be hard to choose.
To keep it simple, you can use a wedge of lime or fresh pineapple or add a little lime zest to add a little more flare.
If you strike up the BBQ, throw on a couple of slices of fresh pineapple and wow your guests with a slightly charred pineapple garnish.
Can I freeze fresh pineapple?
Of course! To freeze pineapple, just cut the pineapple into small cubes and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure the pieces don’t touch and the baking sheet actually fits in your freezer.
Put the sheet of pineapple in the freezer overnight. It’s an easy task that will save you money and makes these margaritas taste even better.
Just note that 1 cup of frozen pineapple will be needed for each person served.
Can I make it without alcohol?
Sure! Mocktails are now the fashion and all you need to do is omit the tequila and add a little more juice. This way it makes a kid-friendly treat, too!
What can I serve with this drink?
Vegan Fajitas from Texanerin Baking – These veggie fajitas have an amazing flavor combination packed with earthy portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, bright bell peppers, garlic, and a squeeze of lime all wrapped up in a warm tortilla. For a keto version, try this Keto Tortilla Recipe.
Grilled Pineapple Salsa – If you liked grilled pineapple as a garnish, you’ll love this grilled pineapple salsa! Served with some chips, you’ve got a perfect match.
Cream Cheese Quesadillas – These cream cheese quesadillas are quick and easy to make and perfect for a quick snack and a long happy hour. 😉 You just take some leftover shredded chicken, add some lime juice, spices (chili powder, onion powder, cumin and garlic powder) and cheese.
Chicken Leg Quarters Recipe – You only need 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to put these chicken leg quarters together. This recipe is ridiculously easy and the result is way more flavorful and delicious than you would imagine. This recipe just calls for olive oil, salt, paprika, garlic powder and pepper.
Tex-Mex Corn Fritters – These snack-sized corn fritters are filling and great to serve with your favorite new drink.
So that’s it! 🙂 If you make this or any of my recipes, I’d love to see 📸 pictures of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #fooddoodlesrecipes so I can check them out. Cheers!
Frozen Pineapple Margarita
- 600 gr frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 cup (240 ml) 100% pineapple juice
- 1 cup (240 ml) tequila blanco/silver (reposado also works)
- juice from 1 large lime
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt plus extra for rimming the glasses
- In an electric blender, blend the frozen pineapple, pineapple juice, tequila, lime juice, and salt until smooth with no visible pineapple chunks.
- Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glasses and invert upside down on a shallow bowl/saucer filled with coarse salt. Twist the glass and move it around, making sure salt flakes are sticking to the rim.
- Pour margarita mix into glasses, dividing equally.
- Garnish with a slice of lime.