Shake up your cocktail routine with a fresh and tart pineapple cilantro margarita! This is so simple to make at home but will make your kitchen feel like your favorite restaurant. The flavors pair beautifully together.
Picture this: it’s Friday evening and you’ve had a long week. It’s warm enough to eat outside. You’re craving a fresh cocktail. Something delicious that isn’t overly sweet. Tart. Boozy, but not so much that you get hungover from just one. Maybe a little something more unique? But not too complicated of course.
I have exactly the drink for you!
This pineapple cilantro margarita is a copycat of something similar I had in St. Augustine, Florida at a bar on the beach. It was absolute bliss and I knew I had to recreate it as soon as possible at home.
Here’s my take on it (and I promise it delivers!).
- tequila (I used Casamigos)
- pineapple juice
- fresh squeezed lime juice
- simple syrup (or agave nectar)
- cilantro leaves
- fresh jalapeño slices
There’s a lot of flexibility, but I promise it’s great as is. And if you think cilantro deserves no place in a cocktail, here me out: it is very subtle, but adds the most unique flavor pairing.
Do I need a cocktail shaker?
Nope! I see the value in a cocktail shaker (it’s fun and fancy 💃) but I almost always use mason jars to make drinks at home. Sometimes they double as the serving vessel, sometimes I pour it into something different. Either way, it works just fine.
What if I hate cilantro?
You can leave it out, but it is a key ingredient here so I wouldn’t recommend that. Be sure to add the jalapeños and follow the jalapeño simple syrup recommendation in the recipe card notes.
Can I batch this?
Absolutely! If you want to make this for a crowd, here’s some helpful math:
8 shots/servings = 12 ounces
16 shots/servings = 24 ounces
32 shots/servings = 48 ounces
Remember you’ll always use equal parts tequila and pineapple juice. Plan on one lime for each serving. You can estimate and taste as you go for the rest.
I’m proclaiming this my “drink of the summer” and plan to make one for pretty much everyone who comes over. Just add chips, guac and a seat on the patio.
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Pineapple Cilantro Margarita
This pineapple cilantro margarita is fresh and not overly sweet. It comes together fast but tastes like a restaurant-quality cocktail.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 margarita 1x
- Category: Cocktails and Mocktails
- Method: No-Cook
- Cuisine: Mexican
- Diet: Vegan
- 1 shot (1.5 ounces) tequila
- 1 shot (1.5 ounces) pineapple juice
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 teaspoons jalapeño simple syrup
- 10 cilantro leaves
- 2–3 jalapeño slices
- Run a lime wedge around the rim of a cocktail glass and dip in salt.
- Fill a mason jar with ice and add all ingredients. Cover with lid and shake well. Pour into your salt-rimmed glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
- The equipment section above includes affiliate links to things I use often in my kitchen and recommend.
- I use this pineapple juice
- Serving Size: 6 ounces
- Calories: 153 calories
- Fat: 0 grams
- Carbohydrates: 12 grams
- Fiber: 0 grams
- Protein: 0 grams
Keywords: cocktails with simple syrup, tequila drinks, low sugar cocktails
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