You're the pineapple of my eye
We were invited to a fun gathering recently, and the host requested a big batch of her new favorite cocktail: spicy pineapple margaritas. Spicy margs are hot, hot, hot (pun intended!) right now, and it's a terrific addition to your next outdoor summer party. Plus, with making a big batch ahead of time, you're all set for the entirety of the shindig.
Not a fan of the heat? Try infusing the tequila with a bell pepper instead - you'll get some of that earthy, vegetal goodness without the spice. Just dial back the agave syrup a bit to suit your taste.
This will make just under a gallon of margaritas, or around 14 servings.
Make sure you serve them over ice, because the water from the ice dilution is an important ingredient to the cocktail in order to balance the flavors. If you want to double the recipe, we suggest not doubling the chilis - use just an extra half or whole pepper. Doubling the chili peppers in the infusion can lead to a multiplier of spiciness that could make it toooooooo hot!
Spicy Pineapple Margaritas
1 bottle (750 mL) of blanco tequila 2 serrano or jalapeño chiles 12 oz. pineapple juice 10 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice 10 oz. rich agave syrup (2:1 - see below) Cinnamon, for garnish
Slice the peppers (remove seeds/ribs for less heat) and place them inside tequila bottle. Infuse for 1-2 hours (again, depending on your desired level of heat - we did about an hour). Strain to remove the chiles. To make the agave syrup: In a small saucepan, combine 8 oz. of agave nectar and 4 oz. of water. Heat and stir until they are combined. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. (This makes 12 oz. of syrup but you will only use 10. Save the rest to make another couple single serve margs. 😉) Use fresh lime juice (squeeze it no more than 4 hours before you plan to serve it), but you can use plain Dole pineapple juice (no one wants to juice a pineapple at home, unless you have a big, fancy juicer!).
Combine all ingredients together (except cinnamon) and shake well. To serve, measure out 4 oz. of the mixture and shake or stir with ice. (Shaking is optional but will make it frothier and yummier!) Strain and serve over fresh ice in a glass and sprinkle a little grated cinnamon over the top. Sip & enjoy, preferably in good company! ❤️