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Pineapple Jalapeño Margaritas

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 drinks 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Spicy jalapeño infused vodka is tamed with sweet, tart pineapple juice and a salt rim to create a perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and salty. This is the perfect cocktail to enjoy over ice on a summer day. Disclaimer: this recipe requires a minimum of 8 hours prep time to infuse the tequila. We prefer to make the tequila a day (24 hours) ahead of time before making the cocktails. 



Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita

  • 6 oz 100% Pineapple Juice
  • 3 oz jalapeño infused tequila (directions below)
  • 2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1.5 oz agave nectar
  • 1 oz Cointreau (or another orange liqueur)
  • Ice
  • For rim: kosher salt + agave

Jalapeño Infused Tequila:

  • 1 small jalapeño, sliced thinly 
  • 14 oz tequila blanco (silver tequila)


Jalapeño Infused Tequila:

  1. In a 16 oz jar, pour tequila over sliced jalapeño. Seal and let infuse at least 8 hours, or up to 24. The longer the time spent infusing, the spicier the cocktail will be.
  2. Strain jalapeño and store tequila in an airtight container until ready to make this cocktail. 


  1. Pour 1/2 oz of agave on a small plate. On a separate small plate, spread about 1 tbsp kosher salt in an even layer.
  2. Dip the rim of each glass in agave, let drip for a moment, and then dip the rim in the salt. Fill with ice and set aside.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake for about 30 seconds, or until your shaker is chilled to the touch. Strain into glass, garnish with lime and enjoy!


Infusing the vodka: The longer you infuse the vodka, the spicier the drink will be. We like infusing the vodka with jalapeño overnight so that we're ready to make the drink the next day. 

No time to infuse the tequila? You're in luck! We prefer this cocktail with the jalapeño infused tequila, but you can also infuse the agave if you're short on time. To do so, add 1 cup agave to a small saucepan and add in jalapeño slices. Bring to a boil, stir well, then remove from heat and cover. Let sit for at least one hour, then strain. Add to cocktail – you may want to add extra if the flavor isn't prominent enough. 

Tequila: we prefer tequila blanco (silver tequila) for this recipe. Since we're infusing it with jalapeño, it provides a great neutral base. An aged tequila would make for a more flavorful infusion, but it's not necessary here. 

Lime juice: ALWAYS use freshly squeezed in cocktails. Believe us, it makes a huge difference. 

  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pineapple jalapeño margarita

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