A quick and easy muddled Jalapeño Margarita to bring out those spicy flavors: Pineapple – Jalapeño Margaritas are tart, and slightly sweet with a jalapeño kick! Make a single or pitcher!
I was never a margarita fan until I tried a fresh margarita. Often the variety found at the store in a plastic jug lack flavor and are cloying sweet. Skip the jug. Margaritas are SO simple to make and only take a few minutes to pull together.
Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas Inspiration:
Inspiration for these Pineapple – Jalapeño Margaritas comes from our travels to Costa Rica this time last year. Ohhhh I how long to go back! It was happy hour at pool-side. When visiting special places, I often ask for chef’s choice, or in this case, bartender’s choice. I love surprises!
Our waiter asked if I like spicy things and with much enthusiasm I said yes! A few minutes later, he brought out the most beautiful cocktail adorned with little flowers, pineapple and jalapeños. Having never had a drink like this, I was delighted as it was completely spicy and in such a good way! The combination of pineapple and jalapeño work together giving us that sweet/spicy combination that pair so well.
Ingredients You’ll Need to Whip up Pineapple – Jalapeño Margaritas:
Simple ingredients make such a delightful cocktail. Don’t skimp on the Tequila. A high quality silver goes a long way in flavor and smoothness.
- Simple Syrup or Agave Nectar
- Fresh Jalapeño
- Pineapple Juice
- Tequila – silver
How to Make Jalapeño Margaritas:
In this margarita, muddling the jalapeño with simple and limes releases their essential oils and juices. This technique elevates any cocktail utilizing fresh ingredients, and is my favorite preparation.
- In a cocktail shaker or stir glass, add the jalapeño, simple and limes. Gently muddle the ingredients.
- Pour in the Tequila and pineapple juice. Stir.
- Double strain into salt rimmed and iced low ball glasses.
If needed the Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas can be made up to one day in advance, without ice. Store in the fridge until ready share.
Tools I Use to Create this Jalapeño Margarita
I share margaritas in short low ball glasses or pretty cocktail glasses (like the one pictured here). To do this, you’ll need to muddle the ingredients in a cocktail shaker or stir glass then strain into an ice filled cocktail glass.
A Few Margarita Recipe Notes:
- If preferred, use agave nectar instead of simple to sweeten the margaritas. Either will work! As always, sweeten to taste.
- I include two preparations in the recipe below: a single cocktail and serving for four. The preparation is slightly different for four servings than it is for one. For one or two servings, muddling limes is practical because there’s only a few limes to muddle. Muddling limes for more than two servings just isn’t practical, so simply juice the limes instead.
- The level of spicy is such a personal matter. After making the margarita once or twice, you’ll find what level you like. Thing is, heat varies from one jalapeño to another… controlling the spicy completely can be a little tricky.
- For the simple syrup, a few jalapeño slices can be infused to take the spicy over the top! *See recipe notes.
- Make ahead? Yes please! Margaritas can be made up to one day in advance, without ice. Store in the fridge in a lidded container until ready share.
Celebrate Margarita Week with Us!
Kate over at Hola Jalapeño rounded up a bunch of bloggers together to share their favorite margarita. You can see the one I made last year and also, check out all the recipes at this year’s margarita week! There are endless varieties to try!
Pineapple - Jalapeño Margaritas
A quick and easy muddled Jalapeño Margarita to bring out those spicy flavors: Pineapple - Jalapeño Margaritas are tart, and slightly sweet with a jalapeño kick! Make a single or pitcher!
For One Cocktail:
- 1/2 oz Jalapeño Simple Syrup * see note
- 1 1/2 Limes cut into quarters about 1 1/2 oz lime juice
- 1-2 Jalapeño Slices three for extra spicy!
- 2 1/2 oz Silver Tequila
- 2 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
For Four Servings:
- 2 oz Jalapeño Simple Syrup * see note
- 6 Limes juiced, about 6 oz lime juice
- 4-8 Jalapeño Slices 12 for extra spicy!
- 1 1/4 C 10 oz Silver Tequila
- 1 1/4 C 10 oz Pineapple Juice
Garnish with Lime, Sliced Jalapeños and Fresh Pineapple
For One Cocktail:
In a cocktail shaker or sturdy mixing glass, add the quartered limes, simple and jalapeños. Gently muddle the ingredients, releasing juices and oils. Do this for about 30 seconds. Pour in the tequila, pineapple juice and ice. Stir. Rim a low ball or old fashioned glass with lime and dip into salt mixture. Fill glass with ice. Double strain into glass. Garnish as desired.
For Four Cocktails:
In a cocktail shaker or sturdy mixing glass, add the simple and jalapeños. Gently muddle the ingredients, releasing juices and oils. Do this for about 30 seconds. Pour in the lime juice, tequila, pineapple juice and add ice. Stir. Rim a low ball or old fashioned glasses with lime and dip into salt mixture. Fill glass with ice. Double strain into glasses. Garnish as desired.
For the Salt:
Mix the salt, sugar, and paprika on a small plate. When ready to use, rim a glass with a lime wedge and invert the glass into the salt mixture.
*Homemade Simple Syrup: Bring equal parts sugar and water to a boil (1/4 C each) and simmer until all the sugar is dissolved. Pour into a storage container and refrigerate until ready to use. To make a jalapeño simple (extra spicy), drop in 2-3 jalapeño slices as the simple simmers. Once the sugar is dissolved, lid the pot and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain and refrigerate for up to two weeks. Agave can be subbed for simple syrup in the margarita if you prefer!