Margaritas are a classic Mexican cocktail and sipping on one instantly transports me to a warm beach. In fact, I can almost feel my toes in the sand now! This Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita is no exception and is kind of like going on vacation, but in a glass. And, while I know that there are a lot of people who might shy away from a spicy libation, I promise that this one has the perfect amount of kick, nothing more, nothing less. You’ll find that the sweet and slightly tart pineapple juice turns the heat of the jalapeño down a notch and the combination creates the perfect balance of flavors.
I am perpetually fascinated by the history behind classic cocktails and the margarita has an especially interesting, and widely disputed, origin story. One legend holds that a Tijuana-area bartender dreamt up the drink while trying to appease a picky customer. This tale says he simply took the elements of a traditional tequila shot (tequila, lime, and salt) and used them to build a full-glass drink. Others claim that the cocktail was created by the first importer of Jose Cuervo in the US, while some people swear it was a friend of Tommy Hilton, who then placed the drink on menus throughout his popular hotel chain.
While we may never get to the bottom of the margarita’s mysterious roots, I’m certainly glad that, in some round about way, they led me to this jalapeño pineapple rendition of the popular drink. Still not sold on the spice? As is usual with my recipes, you can always adjust the ingredients to make it better suit your personal favor preferences. If jalapeño just doesn’t agree with your palette you can always reduce the amount, or eliminate it all together. This slightly spicy cocktail recipe is sure to bring you joy, no matter how it’s made!