Pineapple Chili Margarita

Pineapple Chili Margarita Tequila Cocktail Recipe
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
215 Calories
5g Fat
24g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 215
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 46mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 13g
Calcium 36mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

When you're looking for a margarita with a lot of character, the pineapple chili margarita is an excellent choice. It offers a tropical fruit taste with a hint of hot sauce to spice things up.

The combination of spicy chili pepper and the sweet-tart pineapple is always a great one. Adding tequila behind that and binding the contrasting tastes with citrus creates a drink that is delightfully complex. That is why this recipe from Cointreau is a favorite among the many margarita recipes you could mix up.

When the flavors are kept in balance this is an extraordinary spicy cocktail. However, it can easily become disastrous if you become overzealous with one of the ingredients. This is particularly important when using hot sauce; add it slowly so you don't burn the cocktail.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the tequila, orange liqueur, lime and pineapple juices, and hot sauce.

  3. Strain into an ice-filled glass.

  4. Garnish with a pineapple slice.

  5. Serve and enjoy!


  • This recipe shakes up to almost 6 ounces, so you'll need a large glass, especially when served on the rocks as recommended. A highball or collins glass would be a good choice, though you could also use a large margarita glass if you prefer stemware.
  • To create the best margarita, choose a tequila you enjoy on its own. A good mid-range blanco tequila is ideal for this recipe.
  • Fresh lime juice is highly recommended. On average, a lime yields between 1/2 ounce and 1 ounce of juice. To make it easy, simply squeeze the juice from two halves directly into the shaker.
  • If you want to use fresh pineapple juice, toss the fruit into a juicer to maximize the yield. Alternatively, muddle 1 cup of cubed pineapple into a pulp in the cocktail shaker, then add the other ingredients.

Recipe Variation

  • Blend this margarita up if you like. Simply add the ingredients to a blender with 1 cup of ice (about 5 or 6 ice cubes) and blend until smooth. This is a great choice if you have fresh pineapple; use about 1/2 cup cubed pineapple per drink.

How Strong Is a Pineapple Chili Margarita?

The volume of pineapple juice brings the alcohol content of this cocktail down to a nice level. Pouring an 80-proof tequila should result in a drink that's about 16 percent ABV (32 proof). That's a considerable difference from the original margarita which can be as much as 54 proof.