It’s not even happy hour, but sometimes life calls for a cocktail, like my birthday!

I don’t drink as much as I used to in my youth, which is why I don’t have many cocktail recipes. But I whipped up this margarita that was too delicious to keep to myself.

Sure, there are plenty of margarita recipes online, but I find that I actually prefer those without Grand Marnier, which some swear by as the secret for a great margarita. Or perhaps I’m just bitter because I never have Grand Marnier on my bar. Sometimes I’ll add a splash of margarita mix, just to lick things off, but that’s totally optional.

Either way, I can wash my bitterness down with a well balanced pineapple margarita.

pineapple margarita 

10 total prep time, serves 2


4 ounces tequila
3-4 ounces pineapple juice
1 lime, juiced
1 lime, sliced
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon hot water
salt, optional
ice, as needed


Create the simple sugar by combining the sugar and hot water until all the particles have dissolved and a thick, sticky syrup develops. Set aside.

In a cocktail shaker (or large glass), add the tequila, pineapple juice, juice of one lime, and half of the simple syrup.

Shake and taste. If it is too sour, you can add more simple syrup. I’d it is too sweet for your liking, add another squeeze of lime.

If you’d like a salted rim, use a larger particle salt, like kosher or fleur de sal. Pour water in a bowl and pour the salt onto a plate. Dip the rim of the glass into the water and press firmly onto the plate of salt. Handle it with care so the salt doesn’t fall off, but it’s okay if some does.

Shake or stir (if you’re using a glass) and pour in a cocktail glass over ice. Garnish with a lime slice.