Tangy pineapple shaken with sweet coconut milk makes a summery twist on a classic cocktail. Perfect for poolside sipping, this Pineapple Coconut Margarita is the best of both a pina colada and a margarita with only one hand needed.
The Best Summer Cocktail
Perhaps it’s summer, perhaps it’s the love of the citrusy lime-flavor, or perhaps it’s the overall fresh taste, but a margarita is one of my favorite cocktails. This coconut margarita with strong hints of pineapple is a sweet twist on a classic cocktail.
The simple combination of the classic drink elements such as fresh lime juice, simple syrup, or agave, with new ingredients of coconut milk and pineapple juice, make this cocktail a hit.
I always get excited when I crack open the cocktail menu at any given restaurant (for many obvious reasons) and see a long list of specialty margaritas. I’ll read all the delicious-sounding ingredients mixed together in what sounds like an amazing burst of flavor, and yet, I usually never venture out to try those tasty-sounding concoctions.
Only later do I end up trying my own version at home like this blueberry mint margarita, which encourages me to again try something new the next time.
This drink goes beyond my expectations for a great cocktail. Similar to a pina colada and a margarita at the base but with a sweet and tangy finish. It’s the perfect summer drink.
Ingredients in this Cocktail
This cocktail has a coconut milk base with pineapple juice and lime juice shaken in. What you get is a citrusy and slightly sweet flavored coconut margarita. A pina colada and margarita in one drink.
- Pineapple Juice: this juice can come from canned pineapple chunks or from a jar.
- Coconut Milk: make sure to use the full-fat canned coconut milk and shake the can before opening.
- Agave: you can also use simple syrup, but the agave is easier when preparing this recipe.
- Lime and Lime Zest
- Granulated Sugar
How to Make a Pineapple Coconut Margarita
This is a delicious pineapple coconut margarita that tastes simple to both a margarita and a pina colada. If you’d like you can increase the serving size to make an entire pitcher.
- Rum a lime wedge over the edge of the glass to coat it evenly.
- In a small flat plate mix the lime zest and granulated sugar. Dip the coated rim of the glass into the mixture and set it aside.
- Pour the pineapple juice and coconut milk into a blender and blend quickly until smooth.
- Add the tequila, agave, lime juice, and pineapple mixture to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Add ice to the prepared glass and strain the cocktail into it.
Recipe Notes and Tips
- Since this recipe calls for canned coconut milk I suggest using a little bit of the coconut cream at the top of the can and the “milk” at the bottom.
- For a smooth consistency and not coconut milk lumps, place the pineapple juice and coconut milk in a blender and blend quickly until smooth.
- To make this drink super summery I recommend garnishing the glass with a fresh pineapple wedge.
- If you’d prefer salt then you can use coarse salt and lime zest to rim the glass or leave it off entirely.
- 2 ounces Pineapple Juice
- 1 ounce Coconut Milk
- 2 ounces Tequila
- 2 teaspoons Agave
- 1 Lime juiced
- Zest of 1 Lime
- 1 tablespoon Granulated Sugar
- Use a lime wedge to coat the edge of the glass in lime juice.
- On a small flat plate mix the lime zest and granulated sugar. Dip the rim of the lime-coated glass into the mixture and cover the edge.
- Pour the pineapple juice and coconut milk, making sure to get the coconut cream at the top of the can and the milk at the bottom, into a blender and blend quickly until smooth.
- Place the tequila, agave, lime juice, and pineapple coconut mixture, into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously several times.
- Add ice to the prepared glass and strain the cocktail mixture into the glass. Top with a pineapple wedge (optional).