Last Updated on October 15, 2023 by Leah Hall
A fresh and tart combination of pineapple and cilantro makes a great Pineapple Cilantro Margarita Recipe. This simple cocktail is easy to make at home and the flavors are great together!
Always have a top notch margarita or paloma in your hand for Cinco de Mayo or all summer long! We wanted a brand new margarita flavor using some fresh herbs from our garden and one of our favorite fruits, pineapple, to make this Pineapple Cilantro Margarita Recipe!
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We also wanted something delicious that wasn’t overly sweet. This a tart, boozy, perfect margarita made from scratch. And, we think drinks with cilantro fit the bill.
Yes, this drink is made from scratch, none of that fake neon colored margarita mix here! We didn’t use an agave syrup or agave nectar in this recipe, we just used our homemade simple syrup, but any of these options would be a great choice.
We think the fresh flavor combination of the muddled sweet pineapple and fresh cilantro in this great recipe is perfect for a hot summer day! Try our Lavender Margarita, or Halloween Margarita Float, too!
Combining two flavors commonly found in Mexican cuisine, this drink is pleasantly sweet and tart with an herbal burst of flavor. We think these cocktail recipes bring images of sitting on the beaches of the Mayan Rivera sipping on drinks and eating delicious fresh salsa! Try our Pineapple Mint Granita, too!
With just a dash of sweetness from the simple syrup, this one is a great sipper! A classic margarita is always a good choice, but we love to switch it up, like in this case Pineapple Cilantro Margaritas! Try our Raspberry Margarita, Blackberry Margarita, Apple Cider Margarita or Spicy Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita, too!
Ingredients Needed for the Pineapple Cilantro Margarita Recipe
- Cilantro – Use fresh cilantro. If you aren’t a cilantro lover, you can leave it out. Or, sub in another fresh herb like basil, mint or oregano. A pineapple margarita is delicious, so why not add a flavorful herb? Now you say, Jay and Leah, what if I hate cilantro? Again, you can leave it out.
- Lime Juice – As always, freshly squeezed juice will give the best flavor.
- Triple Sec – this orange liqueur is a staple in fresh-style margaritas. A traditional margarita recipe calls for Cointreau, triple sec or Grand Marnier to add sweetness and orange flavor.
- Simple Syrup – feel free to play with the amount of syrup for your own margarita. We used 1 ounce for this drink, but it’s a big sip and it totally depends on how sweet your fresh pineapple is. If it isn’t super sweet you will want more simple syrup. If it’s super ripe and sweet you want less.
- Pineapple – Use a fresh, ripe pineapple for the best flavor. If the pineapple isn’t ripe it won’t be as juicy. Make sure to save a pineapple wedge to garnish with!
- Tequila – Use Blanco or Silver tequila. The flavor is lighter so it won’t overwhelm the pineapple and cilantro flavors as an aged tequila could.
- Salted Rim – Use kosher salt and add it to the rim using lime juice around the rim and then dipping the glass into the salt, turning it gently for the salt to coat the rim. You can also salt only half the rim, so not every sip is salty.
What is Muddling?
We muddle in cocktails a lot. And in this Pineapple Cilantro Margarita recipe you mash together the pineapple and cilantro leaves to release the natural juices and oils. This gives a fresh and fruity flavor to the cocktail. Just muddle with a muddler in the bottom of your cocktail glass if you want to strain out the pineapple chunks, or in the bottom of your glass if you want the chunky bits.
How to Make this Pineapple Cilantro Margarita Recipe
- Rim with Salt – fill a small plate or saucer with salt. Cut a small slice in a lime wedge and run the lime around the rim of the glass. Dip the rim into the salt and spin to coat.
- Muddle – Combine the pineapple chunks, cilantro and simple syrup in your cocktail shaker. Use a muddler to break down the pineapple and cilantro.
- Shake – Add lime juice, tequila, triple sec, and a scoop of ice to the shaker. Shake to combine. Shaking for 30 seconds to a minute allows the ingredients to fully mix and for the pineapple and cilantro to break down and impart the most flavor.
- Strain – Strain into a salt rimmed rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Or, use a stemmed margarita glass.
- Garnish – add in a pineapple wedge, lime wedge and a sprig of fresh cilantro.
If You Are Looking for More Tequila Cocktails, Try These!
- Pina de Fuego
- Where the Sea Meets the Sky
- Tequila Chai Hot Toddy
- Spiced Pear
- Mexican Mint Julep
- Cranberry Pineapple Margarita
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Tips & Tricks
- Rimmed Glasses – you can use Kosher salt for a classic addition. Or, use a Tajin and salt mixture. Or, if you like sweeter use sugar (like turbinado or cane sugar). Or, really mix it up and use a sugar and Tajin mixture together. Also, a smoked salt or citrus salt would be lovely.
- Sweet or Less Sweet Margarita – like we said above, feel free to play with the amount of sweetener in this cilantro drink. It entirely depends on the sweetness level of the fresh pineapple. If you don’t want to use simple syrup, try agave nectar, homemade agave syrup or maple syrup.
- Blended – make this margarita blended instead of on the rocks by adding all the ingredients to a blender and blend with a cup of ice.
- Tequila – if you prefer an aged tequila, you can. We preferred it with a blanco tequila, but use what you prefer and like. Or, if you want a dash of smoke, use mezcal. Or a mix of mezcal and tequila like in these Raspberry Margaritas!
- Shake – Make sure to shake this cocktail and don’t just build it in the glass. Since there is both pineapple and fresh lime juice in this recipe it needs to be shaken for proper mixing.
- Garnish – sprig of cilantro, lime wedge or slice, pineapple wedge, straw, jalapeno slices or a cocktail umbrella. Or, a combo of these options.
- Pineapple – if you want to switch this pineapple margarita up a bit, try it with grilled pineapple, too! We have instructions for this on our Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita recipe!
- Non-Alcoholic – this Pineapple Cilantro Cocktail Recipe can be made Non-Alcoholic by simply leaving out the tequila and triple sec. But, it would be a very small drink and not well balanced. So, if you want the mocktail option, we suggest using alcohol free spirits in this in place of those ingredients. Some suggestions would be Alcohol-Free Tequilas like Lyre’s or Ritual. Lyre’s also makes an alcohol-free orange liqueur. You can also try using fresh squeezed orange juice in place of the triple sec, and soda water in place of the tequila.
- Pitcher – if you want to serve these for a crowd, do so! Plan for about 6-8 servings per pitcher, unless you have a huge one! Simply multiply your ingredients by how many servings you will need and follow the same instruction order, just pour it all in a pitcher and stir. Feel free to store it in the fridge until you are ready to serve! Then, simply rim your glasses with salt, add ice and pour!
- Glassware – a rocks glass is great, or a tall tumbler. We like this served on the rocks, which makes a margarita glass a harder choice to use.
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A sweet and herbal margarita perfect for sipping. This pineapple margarita recipe is so tasty!
- 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
- 3 ounces tequila, blanco or silver
- 1 ounce simple syrup (add more if not sweet enough)
- 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
- 1.50 ounce triple sec
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 sprigs of cilantro (for garnish)
Muddle pineapple chunks and cilantro, add tequila, triple sec, lime juice and simple syrup in a shaker.
Shake vigorously for 1 minute until combined.
Strain into a glass rimmed with salt and crushed ice.
Garnish with pineapple and a sprig of cilantro.
The herbal flavor of the cilantro cuts the sweetness of the drink, and depending how sweet your pineapple is, we added a bit of simple syrup to the ingredient list.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 507Total Fat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 341mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 2.6gSugar: 51.2gProtein: 1.2g
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