Grilled Pineapple Margarita
Grilled Pineapple Margarita recipe takes a classic drink and adds a new flavor that you are going to love! The taste from the grilled pineapple isn’t overpowering. It simply adds a wonderfully subtle hint of flavor from the grill. The sweetness of the pineapple really shines through in every incredible and refreshing sip!
The beautiful thing about this recipe is that you can have it prepared totally in advance. When your guests arrive, or you feel like a refreshing drink, it is ready!
It’s easy to bring the flavors of Mexico right into your home. Whether you are having a Cinco de Mayo celebration or it’s just taco Tuesday at home everything is better with a refreshing beverage! Especially one with a little flare from south of the border!
Is your Pineapple Ripe?
First and foremost you need to make sure that you are starting with the best ingredients. Your pineapple needs to be ripe but not soft and overripe. Do you know how to tell if a pineapple is fresh and ripe?
Start off by giving the body of the fruit a gentle squeeze; it should be firm but not rock hard. Next simply give a gentle tug to one of the center leaves on top. If the leaf comes out with very little effort your pineapple is ripe and ready to eat.
If the leaf doesn’t release with ease it’s not quite ripe. The color of the body can be deceiving, a ripe pineapple may look quite green but it is the leaves that will reveal if it is ready to eat or not!
HOW TO MAKE A PINEAPPLE MARGARITA
After selecting your fresh pineapple, you simply peel it, core it, slice it into rings and grill it. The next decision you have to make is what tequila to use.
There are a myriad of options out there. It certainly can be confusing standing in the liquor store looking at all the choices. Here is what you need to look for when buying tequila.
Firstly, you will want to use either silver or white tequila for this recipe. Next you want to make sure you use quality tequila made from 100% agave.
This means that the tequila is made only from the blue agave plant and was approved by a government inspector to ensure purity.
Pulling it all together
All 100% agave tequila will clearly state it on the bottle. This is the best quality tequila, after all doesn’t your margarita deserves the best? Now it’s just a matter of pulling it all together.
Combine the grilled pineapple, tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice, and simple syrup in a blender. Blend it up; you are almost there!
The finishing touches make this cocktail one of the most impressive and tastiest you will serve! A salt-rimmed glass is a must.
For the final garnish, a small lime wedge and a quarter ring of your grilled pineapple carefully placed on the rim will complete your creation!
- 1 fresh, ripe pineapple
- 1 ½ cups chilled pineapple juice
- 4 oz tequila
- 1/3 cup lime juice
- ¼ cup *simple syrup
- 1 lime cut into wedges
- 1 tbsp kosher salt or course sea salt
- Preheat your grill to medium hot.
- Peel, core, and cut the pineapple into ½ inch thick rings.
- Grill the pineapple rings for 5-7 minute per side turning only once. Allow to cool and cut the rings into quarters.
- In a blender combine ½ the grilled pineapple chunks reserving 4 quarters to use as garnish.
- Add the tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice, and *simple syrup, blend until smooth. (Note: you can use the balance of the grilled pineapple in another recipe or double this recipe!).
- Chill the blended mixture for up to 4 hours.
- Pour the salt on a small plate and shake gently so the plate is covered with salt.
- Rub the rim of each glass with a lime wedge and press into the salt on the plate, gently moving the glass on the plate. Then add ice to the glass.
- Blend your mixture for a few seconds before pouring as it will have settled a little bit while chilling in the refrigerator.
- Pour your pineapple margarita mixture over the ice.
- Garnish the glass with a lime wedge and a quarter of the grilled pineapple.
- Serve immediately.
*Simple syrup is a combination of equal parts white sugar and water. Mix 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat until sugar dissolves. Let cool and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
Serving Size:6 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1893mg Carbohydrates: 30g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 23g Protein: 1g