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This pineapple orange margarita is a delicious tropical summertime cocktail. It’s made with fresh pineapple & orange juices for an extra refreshing, fruity margarita.
Classic margaritas are always delicious, but there are so many creative ways to make margaritas.
Fruity margaritas such as this lychee margarita or this banana margarita are perfect for hot summer days. Other summer cocktails include this frozen piña colada with coconut milk, or this blue hurricane drink.
But margaritas are not just for summertime — this pumpkin spice margarita is great for fall!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This is a refreshing summer margarita made with real fruit juices!
- This pineapple orange margarita is the perfect drink to make for a hot summer day, an afternoon barbeque or taco night.
- This margarita is not overly sweet, and is easy to adjust to your taste.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Pineapple Nectar: If you have fresh pineapples and a juicer, you can make fresh pineapple nectar for the best flavor. However, you can also use a high quality store bought nectar.
- Orange Juice: Use freshly squeezed orange juice. If needed, you can replace this with a store bought orange juice. Choose one without pulp.
- Tequila: Use a blanco tequila for this margarita, such as Jose Cuervo, Sauza or Espolon. For the best quality, choose a tequila that is 100% agave.
- Triple Sec: Use Triple Sec or another type of orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier.
- Lime Juice: Use freshly squeezed lime juice rather than bottled lime juice — it makes a huge difference.
- Agave Syrup: A dash of agave syrup adds sweetness and flavor. You can leave it out if you prefer. You should be able to find agave syrup in most well-stocked grocery stores. If not, you can replace it with simple syrup.
- Salt (optional): Use margarita salt to line the rims of the margarita glasses. If you prefer a sweet rim, you can use granulated sugar instead.
Here is the equipment that you will need to make this margarita:
- If you want to make your own, fresh pineapple and orange juices, a juicer is the easiest way to extract the juice. Otherwise, you can use a blender and a strainer to remove any pulp.
- A cocktail shaker to make the margarita in.
- Margarita glasses to serve the cocktail in.
- Optionally, a margarita salt rimmer to easily rim the margarita glasses.
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1: Run a wedge of lime around the rim of the margarita glass. Dip and roll the rim in margarita salt, pressing to make it stick to the edge.
Step 2: Add the pineapple juice, orange juice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, agave syrup and a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well for 10 to 15 seconds until the outside of the shaker is frosted. Strain and pour into a chilled margarita glass.
- Spicy Pineapple Orange Margarita: Replace the agave syrup with jalapeño simple syrup. Instead of salt, line the margarita glass rims with tajin seasoning.
- Mango Pineapple Orange Margarita: Use 1 oz pineapple juice, 1 oz orange juice and 1 oz mango nectar.
- Coconut Pineapple Orange Margarita: Use 1 ½ oz pineapple juice, 1 ½ oz orange juice and 1 oz coconut water.
- Use a strainer. If you are making your own, fresh fruit juices, pass the juice through a fine mesh strainer before making the cocktails for a smooth drink.
- Chill the margarita glasses. Prepare the margarita glasses in advance and chill them in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to serve the drinks.
- Make it a pitcher. If you want to make a pitcher to serve a group of guests, mix all the ingredients together in a large pitcher. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve. Don’t add ice until serving guests. Stir well before serving.
This margarita is on the sweeter side compared to a classic margarita, but it is not overly sweet. For a less sweet drink, reduce the amount of pineapple juice and orange juice by half. You can also leave out the agave syrup.
Yes. For a mocktail, replace the tequila and triple sec with coconut water. Then, after shaking & straining the drink, top it up with club soda for a bit of fizz.