|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 33g||12%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12%|
|Total Sugars 21g|
|Vitamin C 94mg||469%|
|*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.|
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 chile 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 a hot sauce Tabasco Habanero, which is the original recommendation. Be sure to add it slowly so you don't burn the cocktail.
1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
3/4 ounce premium triple sec
2 ounces pineapple juice
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1 dash hot sauce
Coarse salt and/or Tajin Seasoning, for optional rim
Pineapple wedge, for garnish
Lime wheel, for garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker, pour the tequila, triple sec, lime and pineapple juices, and hot sauce. Fill with ice.
Prepare the rim of the glass by rubbing a slice of lime along it, and dipping glass in coarse salt and/or Tajin Seasoning for extra spice, if desired.
Strain cocktail into the ice-filled glass.
Garnish with a pineapple wedge and lime wheel.
- 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.
- 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.