Grilled Pineapple Margarita with Jalapeno

Side view of grilled pineapple margarita garnished with grilled pineapple and jalapeno.

This Grilled Pineapple Margarita is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy & smoky. Caramelized pineapple, spicy jalapeno & a splash of vanilla make it delicious.

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

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 Margarita or this  Hibiscus Margarita. But this Grilled Pineapple Margarita may be my new favorite!

I first encountered this spicy pineapple 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!

But now that we’ve moved across town, we don’t get to stop in too often, and I’ve been finding myself needing my pineapple jalapeno margarita fix.

So, I set out at recreating the recipe at home.

This cocktail starts with jalapeno infused tequila – which is definitely not as difficult to make as it may seem. Just slice up a jalapeno, 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, strain out the peppers and store the jalapeno infused tequila in your freezer. It will keep indefinitely in there.

Of course, if you’re not into heat, of if you’re short on time, you can always skip this step.

If you still want a spicy margarita, but don’t have the time to infuse the tequila, just add a few slices of jalapeno to your cocktail glass and muddle them before adding the ice and your pineapple margarita mixture.

On to the grilled pineapple.

Why are we grilling pineapple?

Grilling the pineapple caramelizes the sugars in the pineapple and adds a yummy, smoky flavor to your spicy pineapple margarita. It is so good. But, of course, just like with infusing the jalapeno tequila, you can skip this step too. Your cocktail just won’t have the smoky flavor, but it will still be delicious.

It’s a good idea to grill your pineapple 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. 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!

Overhead shot of three grilled pineapple margaritas.

When you’re ready to assemble the spicy pineapple margaritas, just pop everything into your blender – infused tequila, pineapple, lime juice, agave and, the key ingredient, a splash of vanilla extract. The vanilla really compliments the warm flavors of the grilled pineapple and gives a great roundness to this cocktail. Strain this mixture (if desired) and serve with a salted rim over crushed ice.

Note: I like to use these citrus salts for the rimming, they add great color and flavor.

One taste and you’ll be hooked.

Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita Recipe

Side view of grilled pineapple margarita garnished with grilled pineapple and jalapeno.

Grilled Pineapple Margarita with Jalapeno

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: jalapeno margarita, pineapple margarita, spicy margarita
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 149 kcal

This Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and smoky. Caramelized grilled pineapple & a splash of vanilla make it extra delicious.

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Ingredients

Grilled Pineapple

  • 1 pineapple cut into 1-inch thick slices

Jalapeno Infused Tequila

  • 1 cup silver tequila
  • 1 jalapeno sliced into rings

Cocktail Recipe

  • 3 ounces jalapeno infused tequila
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 2 1-inch thick slices of grilled pineapple chilled
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice (juice of 1 lime)
  • 2 Tablespoons agave syrup 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 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, strain the jalapenos and discard.

  2. The tequila will keep for up to 1 year. I like to store mine in the freezer.

Cocktail (Serves 2)

  1. Cut pineapple into 1 inch thick rings, discarding the rind. 

  2. Preheat grill to medium-high and oil it lightly. Grill 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 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 a blender. Process until smooth. If desired, strain 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, jalapeno slices or lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Pineapple Margarita with Jalapeno
Amount Per Serving
Calories 149
% Daily Value*
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 26mg1%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 17g19%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This recipe was originally published in March 2015. It was updated in April 2019 to add new photographs and update the content. The original margarita recipe remains the same. Enjoy! 

If you loved this Pineapple Margarita recipe I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished cocktail and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

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Hibiscus Margarita

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36 comments

  1. yulis@hayucooking.com

    Aaakk……looks yummi, MUST TRY 🙂

    Reply

  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!

    Reply

    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!

      Reply

  3. Culinary Favorites From A to Z

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

    Reply

    1. Erin

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

      Reply

  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 🙂

    Reply

    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…

    Reply

  6. Sara

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

    Reply

  7. Sam @ PancakeWarriors

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

    Reply

  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!

    Reply

  9. Allison

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

    Reply

    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!!

    Reply

    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 😉

    Reply

    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!

    Reply

    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!

      Reply

      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 🙂

          Reply

  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!!!

    Reply

    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!

      Reply

  15. Renee

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

    Reply

    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!

    Reply

    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! 😉

      Reply

  17. Taryn

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

    Reply

    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 🙂

      Reply

  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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