This Pineapple Coconut Margarita is a tropical twist on a classic cocktail. It’s fruity, tart, and tangy, sweetened to your tastes, and finished with a delicious toasted coconut rim.
Easy Pineapple Margarita Recipe with Coconut
Looking for something simple, refreshing, sweet, incredible, tropical, and delicious? Great!
This Pineapple Coconut Margarita is all of those things. It's perfect for pool parties, sunny days, and you'll be dreaming of white sandy beaches in no time.
This simple recipe comes together in a total of 5 minutes and it’s loaded with all of your favorite margarita flavors with the refreshing, tropical additions of pineapple juice and cream of coconut. And the flavor combination is amazing!
Give this yummy tropical cocktail a try. You won’t regret it!
Ingredients You'll Need:
- Tequila: We use blanco tequila for this margarita recipe. It has a clear color and flavors of flavors of agave, citrus, and pepper which pair well with the pineapple juice.
- Pineapple Juice: Many people have a preference in the variety of pineapple juice used in cocktails. Fresh, canned, or bottled all work well. Use your favorite!
- Triple Sec: Triple sec is an orange liqueur and a common ingredient found in many margarita recipes. It's clear in color and has an orange, citrus flavor. Cointreau and Grand Marnier are good substitutes if you don't have triple sec.
- Cream of Coconut: We like cream of coconut for this recipe. It's thick, sweet, and full of coconut flavor. Coco Lopez and Coco Real are two brand options.
- Lime Juice: Tart lime juice cuts through the sweetness of coconut and pairs well with the other citrus flavors. Freshly squeezed lime juice is the way to go!
- Optional Garnishes: Toasted coconut, a lime wheel or lime wedge, and a pineapple slice all make great garnishes.
How to Make a Pineapple Coconut Margarita
You’ll find the exact measurements and full instructions in the recipe card near the bottom of the page.
This easy coconut pineapple margarita is ready to enjoy in no more than 5 minutes!
- Toast some coconut in a pan until it's lightly browned and fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Dip the rim of a glass into maple syrup, honey or agave nectar then dip it into the toasted coconut. Place in the fridge while you prepare the margarita.
- Add some ice, the tequila, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, triple sec, and lime juice into a sealable jar or cocktail shaker. Shake gently to combine and pour into your chilled glass over ice.
Tips and Notes
- Use cream of coconut not coconut cream or coconut milk. Cream of coconut is thick and sweetened giving this margarita the perfect amount of sweet, tropical flavor.
- Fresh is best. For the best flavor, squeeze fresh lime juice. The bottled stuff just isn’t quite the same.
- Blend it. Prefer a blended margarita? Simply use a 2:1 ice to liquid ratio and add everything to a high speed blender. Blend until smooth.
- Serving a crowd? Multiply the recipe amounts as much as you need, mix it all up in a large pitcher, then pour over ice when you’re ready to serve.
This drink is meant to be enjoyed immediately. Storing, particularly with ice, is not recommended. The ice will melt and water it down!
What Alcohol is Good with Pineapple Juice?
Silver tequila and triple sec are both great options! There’s something so delicious about the flavors of a classic margarita paired with the tangy, tart sweetness of pineapple.
Seriously. This drink will have you wishing all margaritas came with pineapple.
Can I Substitute Orange Juice for Triple Sec in a Margarita?
Absolutely! If you don’t have triple sec or Cointreau for this recipe, you can supplement the orange flavor with a splash of orange juice.
Your margarita won’t be as boozy but the flavor will be delicious!
Can You Make a Pineapple Coconut Margarita Mocktail for Kids or Non-drinkers?
Yes, all you need to do is omit the alcohol. To keep the orange flavor that triple sec provides, add a splash of orange juice.
For the rest, leave out the tequila and continue to use pineapple juice, lime juice, and cream of coconut.
Can You Make This Margarita Without Cream of Coconut?
Yes, absolutely! Simply omit the cream of coconut from the recipe and you'll have a fantastic pineapple margarita.
You may need to add a little simple syrup for sweetness since the cream of coconut gives this drink most of its sweet flavor.
Why Did My Pineapple Coconut Margarita Separate?
When the ingredients for the margarita are shaken and served over ice, the cream of coconut tends to stick to the ice and begins to separate.
This happens with many fat-based ingredients like cream of coconut, heavy cream, half and half, Irish cream liqueur, etc.
The fat sticks to the ice while the non-fat, liquid portion of the ingredient stays mixed in the drink.
While this doesn't change the taste of the drink, it can change the appearance.
Simply stir or gently shake the drink to help redistribute the ingredients.
What Can You Use in Place of Cream of Coconut?
If you don't have cream of coconut, it can be easily substituted with a mixture of equal parts light or regular coconut milk and simple syrup.
This will give your margarita the same sweet flavor without being too heavy.
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
For the Toasted Coconut Rim
- ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup, honey or agave nectar
For the Margarita
- Ice, for the shaker, plus more for the glass
- 2 ounces blanco tequila
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- ½ to 1 ½ ounces cream of coconut, *See note
- 1 ounce triple sec, or Cointreau
- 1 ounce lime juice
- Lime wedge, lime wheel or pineapple slice
To Make the Toasted Coconut Rim
- Place the coconut into a small pan. Heat over low heat until it's lightly browned and fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.½ cup sweetened shredded coconut
- Dip the rim of a glass into maple syrup, honey or agave nectar then dip it into the toasted coconut. Place the glass in the fridge while you make the margarita.1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup
To Make the Margarita
- Add some ice, the tequila, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, triple sec, and lime juice into a sealable jar or cocktail shaker. Shake gently to combine and pour into your chilled glass over ice.2 ounces blanco tequila2 ounces pineapple juice½ to 1 ½ ounces cream of coconut1 ounce triple sec1 ounce lime juice
- Add your favorite garnish, and enjoy immediately! Scroll up and see the post for tips, FAQs, and storage options.