Get ready to be whisked off to a tropical vacation with one sip of this pina colada margarita. Made with four ingredients, this tropical margarita is ready in less than 5 minutes. No need for coconut cream, margarita mix or any fancy ingredients!
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
Tropical Feeling without the Beach. Escape to a tropical paradise with the perfect blend of tequila bliss and exotic vibes! This pina colada margarita will make you feel like you are sitting beach side at a tropical resort no matter where you are. It is a fun twist on the classic cocktail. If you love tropical drinks, try my pina colada sangria, my jalapeno strawberry margarita or my watermelon rum refresher.
Four Simple Ingredients. This margarita is made with only four simple ingredients that you can easily find! Fresh lime juice, coconut water, pineapple juice and your favorite tequila. There is no need to run around the grocery store searching for cream of coconut or coconut milk.
No sugary additions. This refreshing cocktail is made with real fruit juice and coconut water, eliminating any need for triple sec or simple syrup!
Perfect for any occasion. There is no better way to celebrate the summer vibes than with a good margarita during a happy hour or on a weekend. However, this pina colada margarita isn't just great for the warm weather - it is also perfect drink for taco Tuesday, cinco de mayo or after a long week.
INGREDIENT NOTES AND SUBSTITUTION
Tequila. Use your favorite brand of tequila for this recipe! I have made with with blanco tequila, as well as reposado tequila. You can also use coconut tequila if you really love coconut flavor.
Coconut Water. Adding coconut water provides a delicious coconut flavor without being overpowering. It also adds some extra electrolytes to it, which is perfect if you are drinking this on a hot summer day. Use plain coconut water, not pressed.
Fresh Pineapple Juice. Fresh pineapple juice is best for this coconut pineapple margarita! If you use frozen pineapple juice, be sure there is no added sugar.
Fresh Lime Juice. Fresh lime juice works best to give this margarita a nice balance. Store bought lime juice can be watered down and not as pure.
Optional Garnishes - Fresh cut pineapple, coconut flakes, maraschino cherries and a lime wedge.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Step 1. Make the cocktail. Add the tequila, coconut water, pineapple juice and lime juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously.
Step 2. (optional). Rim the glass with coconut. To really achieve the tropical vibes, rim the glass with coconut flakes!
Place 1 tbsp of simple syrup, agave nectar or honey into a shallow plate. In another shallow plate, add 1-2 tbsp of coconut flakes. Dip the rim of the margarita glass into the the simple syrup then dip it into the coconut flakes. You may need to twist and turn it in the coconut flakes to ensure the rim is fully coated. If you really want to get fancy, toast the coconut for a toasted coconut rim!
Step 3. Add ice into the margarita glass then strain the margarita into the glass over ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge, a wedge of lime or a maraschino cherry.
If you need to make this pineapple coconut margarita ahead of time, combine all of the ingredients, other than the tequila, and store in an-air tight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Mix it well then add in the tequila then mix again.
If you cannot finish your cocktail, simple remove the ice and store it in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 12 hours. Give it a good shake then pour it over ice.
TIME SAVING HACKS
Juice the lime beforehand and store it in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 2 days.
Any unflavored tequila works well for this cocktail. I have made with with blanco tequila, as well as reposado tequila.
I do not add any sweeteners to this cocktail, so it is naturally sweetened by the coconut water and pineapple juice. If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, you can add 1 oz of simple syrup.
To make a virgin pina colada margarita, remove the tequila when making the cocktail. Then, after straining it into a glass, add sparkling plain water.
Adjust to your taste buds. If you prefer a stronger pineapple flavor in this tropical cocktail, add an extra splash of pineapple juice.
Triple or Quadrupole. Making this for a crowd? This pina colada margarita can easily be tripled or quadrupole then placed into a pitcher for a larger crowd. If you do add it to a pitcher, I recommend adding the pineapple chunks and cherries directly into it!
OTHER COCKTAIL RECIPES
The Best Pina Colada Margarita Recipe (4 ingredients)
- 1 Cocktail shaker or mason jar
- 1.5 oz tequila
- 3 oz coconut water
- 3 oz pineapple juice
- 1.5 oz lime juice fresh (approx 1 lime)
- 2 tbsp coconut shreds optional for rim
- 1 tbsp simple syrup optional for rim
- Add all of the ingredients, as well as ½ cup of ice, into a cocktail shaker or mason jar and shake. Add ice to to a a rocks or margarita glass then strain the cocktail into it.
- OPTIONAL RIM: If you would like to do a coconut shred rim, do so before straining the cocktail into the glass. To rim the glass, add 2 tbsp of coconut shreds into a shallow bowl, and .5 oz of simple syrup into a shallow bowl. Dip the rim of the glass into the simple syrup then into the coconut shreds, twisting the glass up and down to make the coconut stick. Then, add ice and strain the cocktail into the glass