Grilled Pineapple Margarita

Grilled Pineapple Margarita

Margarita de Piña Asada
6 to 8 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: agave syrup, cilantro, cocktail, grill recipes, jalapeno, lime, pati's mexican table, pineapple, piquí­n chiles, tequila
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Grilled Pineapple Margarita recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 3, Episode 5 “Family Fiesta”


  • Vegetable oil, for greasing the grill
  • 1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch rings, crosswise
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves and upper stems
  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup white or silver tequila
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup or simple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground piquín chile or Mexican dried ground chile
  • 1/2 cup turbinado or dark brown sugar

To Prepare

  • Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Brush the grill with oil and place the pineapple rings flat on the grill, and cook, flipping once, until charred on both sides, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool while you mix the cocktail.
  • In a large pitcher, add the jalapeño, cilantro and 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar. Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, begin to muddle or crush the ingredients together. Chop all but 2 pieces of the pineapple (will be used for garnish) into 1-inch pieces and muddle those with the jalapeño mixture. Add the tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice and syrup and stir well to combine. Let sit for at least 10 minutes or place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • In a small saucer, combine the remaining sugar, salt and chile powder. Dip the rims of the margarita glasses into another saucer with water to wet the rims, alternately rub rims with half a lime, then dip into the sugar, salt and chile mixture. Fill each glass with the chunky margarita (making sure you are adding the chunks of muddled fruits and vegetables) and garnish with a wedge of pineapple.

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  1. Made this today to Celebrate Cinco DE Mayo. Me and my wife enjoyed it with some homemade tacos . This is on of the best Margaritas I’ve made and had ,and it really hit the spot.
    Thanks Pati

  2. Made these today. Didnt have cilantro this time will definitely make again….so good, thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Is there a way to watch your episode on making this? I tried to Google online but no luck. I will be trying this recipe with my family.

  4. My family wanted to know why I didn’t have this at the last family get together 🙂 They’re calling it Patti’s hooch lol

  5. First I want to say I found your show and love it and
    all those Mexican goodies you make. I will be making
    them all (one at a time of course) but on this recipe for
    What other syrups would you suggest?
    Gracias 😉

    1. You can use simple syrup (you can make it by simmering equal parts of sugar and water, just until diluted), or agave syrup, you could also use maple syrup!

  6. Caught your TV series for the first time and this drink caught my attention. Tried it yesterday and took to our family 4th of July celebration and everyone LOVED it! Will definitely do this again. Thanks!!!

  7. Love your show! My husband and I watch it often on WVIZ/Create. I surprised my daughter with a Mother’s Day brunch featuring your Grilled Pineapple Margarita, Morelia-Style Gazpacho Salad, and Creamy Chicken Enchiladas. Needless to say, they are her new favorites.

    1. Hi Gail, Thank you for watching & for trying my recipes for mother’s day! So glad to hear everyone enjoyed!!

  8. Memorial weekend in Destin Florida. Gonna give this recipe a try. I have been wanting to try them since I saw ur episode 2 weeks ago. My 10 year old daughter and I LOVE ur show. I wanna try everything u make. I love authentic Mexican food.

  9. I saw this episode a few days ago, and am excited about making the carnitas and gazpacho salad tonight, but I’m sure I remember Pati pouring 1 cup of tequila (from a pretty glass flask) into the margarita pitcher with 3 cups of pineapple juice (not 3 cups of tequila and 1 cup of juice). I’ll report back on how it turned out!!

  10. I just saw this episode on “wusf create”, and came to your website to get the recipe, but I feel a little unsure about the ingredients. It states 3 cups of tequila, 1 cup of pineapple juice, and 3/4 cup of lime juice. It appears to be quite heavy on the alcohol. Is this accurate?

      1. Hi Pati, I’m re-watching your Family Fiesta episode and you definitely said to your friend Laura to add 1 (generous) cup of silver tequila and 3 cups pineapple juice to the pitcher. I can’t wait to try this the way you prepared it on your show! It sounds very yummy!

  11. Best margarita ever! Definitely worth the extra effort of grilling the pineapple. All of these ingredients blended together created a flavor explosion. Hit of our Cinco de Mayo celebration.

  12. I’ll never forget this margarita! I love the different flavors and the rim made it taste like Mexican candy. It was a fun day! Thank you for this.