Grilled Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita
This Grilled Pineapple Margarita is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy & smoky. Caramelized pineapple, spicy jalapeno & a splash of vanilla make it delicious.
I first encountered this spicy pineapple margarita at a yummy little Mexican joint near our house. 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!
Let’s Make the Cocktail
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.
Grilled Pineapple Margarita with Jalapeno
- 1 pineapple
- 1 cup silver tequila
- 1 jalapeno
- 3 ounces ounces jalapeno infused tequila
- 1 ounce triple sec
- 2 1-inch thick slices of grilled pineapple chilled
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice juice from 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
- 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.
- The tequila will keep for up to 1 year. I like to store mine in the freezer.
- Cut pineapple into 1 inch thick rings, discarding the rind.
- 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.
- Place the grilled pieces in a bowl and allow to cool completely in the refrigerator.
- 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.
- To salt the rim, run a lime slice or pineapple wedge around the lip of your glass and dip into salt to cover.
- Add crushed ice to your glass, pour in your margarita mixture, and garnish with extra grilled pineapple, jalapeno slices or lime wedges.