Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita

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This Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and smoky. Caramelized grilled pineapple combines with jalapeno infused tequila & a splash of vanilla.

Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margaritas are the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and smoky. Caramelized grilled pineapple combines with jalapeno infused tequila & a splash of vanilla. | platingsandpairings.com

This Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and smoky. Caramelized grilled pineapple combines with jalapeno infused tequila & a splash of vanilla. | platingsandpairings.com

Can I just say I am SO EXCITED to share this recipe with you? Like, SO excited! As you’ve seen here, and here, and here… I’m a big fan of a tasty handcrafted cocktail and I’m always game for a good margarita – like this grapefruit habanero margaritahibiscus version or this whole fruit blended version.

I first met my love (I mean this Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita) at a yummy little Mexican joint near our house – Chez José. They’ve got such innovative dishes – think butternut squash enchiladas, chipotle honey camarones, artichoke heart tamales – and amazing cocktails!

Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita platingsandpairings.comThis cocktail starts with jalapeno infused tequila – NOT difficult at all. Just slice up your pepper, throw it into a jar with the tequila and let it steep for 12-24 hours. The longer it steeps the spicier it will become, so I’d recommend tasting after the 12 hour mark. Once it’s reached your desired heat level, fish out the jalapenos and store it in your freezer. It’ll keep indefinitely. Of course, if you’re not into heat, you can always skip this step.

Onto the grilling – I actually cheated and used my stovetop grill pan because even though I was ready for a taste of the tropics, it was pouring outside! The grilled pineapple becomes extra sweet and caramelized and a bit smoky. It’s a good idea to do this step at the same time you’re preparing your tequila, as you’ll want to grill it and then let it chill out in the fridge.

Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita platingsandpairings.comWhen you’re ready to assemble, just pop everything into your blender – The infused tequila, pineapple, lime juice, agave and, the KEY INGREDIENT, a splash of vanilla extract. The vanilla really compliments the inviting flavors of the grilled pineapple and gives a great roundness to the drink. Strain this mixture (if desired) and serve with a salted rim over crushed ice. I like to use these citrus salts for the rimming, they add great color and flavor!

Once you taste this, please don’t blame me for not being able to get it off your mind… Now where’s the blender?

This Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and smoky. Caramelized grilled pineapple combines with jalapeno infused tequila & a splash of vanilla. | platingsandpairings.com

Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita platingsandpairings.com

Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita

Course: Cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Author: Erin @ Platings & Pairings inspired by Willow at Will Cook for Friends
These Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margaritas are the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and smoky. Caramelized grilled pineapple combines with a jalapeno infused tequila and a splash of vanilla for this totally tasty treat.
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Ingredients

Jalapeno Infused Tequila

  • 1 cup silver tequila
  • 1 jalapeno sliced into rings

Cocktail Recipe

  • 1 1/2 oz . jalapeno infused tequila
  • ½ oz . triple sec
  • 2 1- inch thick slice of grilled pineapple chilled
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice (juice of 1 lime)
  • 2 tbsp agave to taste
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Crushed ice
  • Grilled pineapple and lime wedges for garnish
  • Citrus salt or kosher salt for rimming your glass

Instructions

Jalapeno Infused Tequila

  1. Add the tequila and jalapeno to a clean, lidded container. Shake to combine and allow the flavors to meld for 12-24 hours, depending on how spicy you'd like it. Once the flavor has developed to your liking, strain the jalapenos and discard.
  2. The tequila will keep for up to 1 year. I like to store mine in the freezer.

Cocktail

  1. Cut your pineapple into 1 inch thick rings, discarding the rind and removing the core.
  2. Preheat your grill to medium-high and oil it lightly. Grill your pineapple for 4-5 minutes on each side, until you get nice grill marks and it begins to soften slightly.
  3. Place the grilled pieces in a bowl and allow to cool completely in the refrigerator.
  4. Add the jalapeno infused tequila, triple sec, 2 slices of the grilled and chilled pineapple (and any juices that have accumulated in the bowl), lime juice, agave, vanilla extract and water to the blender. Blend until smooth, then strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove the pulp from the pineapple.
  5. To salt the rim, run a lime slice or pineapple wedge around the lip of your glass and dip into salt to cover.
  6. Add crushed ice to your glass, pour in your margarita mixture, and garnish with extra grilled pineapple or lime wedges.

This Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and smoky. Caramelized grilled pineapple combines with jalapeno infused tequila & a splash of vanilla. | platingsandpairings.com

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34 comments

  1. yulis@hayucooking.com

    Aaakk……looks yummi, MUST TRY 🙂

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  2. Allison

    Hello! What a wonderful recipe! I was reading through your instructions and found you may have repeated some of the steps…the grilling seems to be in there twice. Just wanted to let you know if it was an error. If not, could you kindly clarify? Thank you so very much!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks for catching that Allison – You get a gold star! The pineapple is only grilled once. I’ve updated the recipe to show that. Enjoy!

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  3. Culinary Favorites From A to Z

    Wow, this cocktail sounds and looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Erin

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂

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  4. Dini @ Giramuk's Kitchen

    I am so very excited about this!! I’ve got almost all the ingredients for this and now REALLY want to have it this week! 😀 I see this in my near future (Specifically this Friday!) Love the idea of Jalapeno infused Tequila 🙂

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    1. Erin

      Thank you Dini – That Pancake Ice Cream of yours looks AMAZING!

      Reply

  5. Kristina

    we love jalapeno margaritas! the grilled pineapple is a great addition – I will have to remember that this summer…

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  6. Sara

    This sounds completely amazing, can’t wait to try it!

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  7. Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    You can go ahead and assume this is all I will be drinking this summer – divine!!

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  8. pam (Sidewalk Shoes)

    I think I have some infused tequila just waiting for this!! I would love it if you would link up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black!

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  9. Allison

    Yum!! LOVE sweet and spicy drinks – can’t wait to try this in the summer!

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    1. Erin

      Allison – It’s definitely got a great combination of sweet and spicy – Enjoy!

      Reply

  10. the lovely kitchen

    Okay, I’ve recently become obsessed with margaritas, and I am totally excited about this one. My fiance LOVES anything spicy, so I’m going to try this and hopefully knock his socks off!!

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    1. Erin

      This one is sweet and spicy and SO good – Perfect for summer. Enjoy!

      Reply

  11. Ciao Florentina

    This looks and sounds so damn delicious! Those colors made me fall in love. Pinned of course 😉

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Ciao! It’s a good one!!! My favorite margarita of all time!!!

      Reply

  12. Christine

    I love the whole infused liquor thing. Gotta get on that train. And this cocktail is beyond beyond. Also loving the sound of those artichoke tamales. LMK if you post a copycat!

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    1. Erin

      Great idea – I should definitely try to develop a recipe for those tamales! Thanks Christine!

      Reply

  13. Katie @ Garnish Blog

    This looks ridiculously good and I can’t wait to try it. One question, though: why the water? Will it be too thick without it?

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    1. Erin

      Hi Katie – Exactly! The water helps to thin things out a bit. You can cut back on the water if you’d like, but because it’s served on ice, it’s nice to have a thinner consistency. Hope this helps!

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      1. Katie @ Garnish Blog

        Thanks! I made them and they were fantastic! I put them on my blog (with credit to you of course): http://www.garnishblog.com/2015/09/grilled-pineapple-margarita.html. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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        1. Erin

          Your version looks great Katie! I LOVE these margaritas SO much!!! Cheers 🙂

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  14. Alyssa

    This honestly looks like the cocktail of my dreams. I love adding jalapeno or a little spice to drinks, and the grilling of the pineapple just would add so much yum. I’m trying to convince my husband to make this for us tomorrow. I know it’s holiday season, but we’re in Houston, so it’s totally grilling weather all year long. Love your blog!!!

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    1. Erin

      You’re so lucky that you can grill year round in Houston Alyssa! I hope you were able to convince your husband to fire up the grill. These are SO good! I can’t grill outdoors here in the fall/winter because of all the rain, but the indoor grill works pretty well for these too! Cheers!

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  15. Renee

    OMG!!! Seriously! I need one of these in my future very very soon!!

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    1. Erin

      They’re the best Renee!!!

      Reply

  16. Aaron

    Sounds great–planning on trying this this weekend! I just wanted to confirm though, you said that the recipe uses 1 cup of tequila for 2 cocktails…which comes out to 4 ozs of tequila per cocktail. Is that correct? Seems pretty high to me!

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    1. Erin

      Hi Aaron – You will infuse a cup of tequila, but each cocktail only uses 1 1/2 oz. You will have enough infused tequila for more than 2 cocktails. And trust me, it’s easy to drink more than that! 😉

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  17. Taryn

    Can you pre-grill and freeze the pineapple? Then use at your leisure?

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    1. Erin

      Hi Taryn – I think that is a great idea! It shouldn’t be a problem at all!!! Let me know how it turns out 🙂

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  18. Sheila

    I don’t have agave, could I sub sugar or honey?

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Sheila – You can definitely substitute honey in this recipe!

      Reply

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