Unsurprisingly, I love Cinco de Mayo.

I mean, I love Mexican food, tequila, and sombreros. The colors are gorgeous, the food delicious, and the drinks strong. I really couldn’t ask for more.

To fit with the festive theme, I really wanted to make a margarita that celebrated the vibrancy of Mexican culture – as much as I love margaritas, I love them more when they pop and promise bold flavors.

Now this…this is a margarita fitting for Cinco de Mayo. Put on your sombreros and get ready.

limes, jalapeño, and pineapple juice

I wanted to see what I could do with pineapple and pepper, so I seeded a jalapeño (Please wear gloves. Please. I forgot, and it sucked), and crushed it a bit before soaking it in with the lime and booze. Meanwhile, I cleaned up the sad battlefield of lime carcasses all over my kitchen table.

salted rim glasses, pineapple juice, juiced limes

It’s spicy – I’m not going to lie to you and tell you it has a “kick”. If you would prefer a “kick” to a swift kick in the pants, cut the ribs out of the pepper (or some of the slices) and refrain from crushing them. But if you like spicy food, try it – it’s fun, and it mellows to a nice delayed heat.

I also suggest using drinking it through a cocktail straw unless you want your lips to feel like you have a fever of 102 – I also learned this the hard way. But if you want a new fun and exciting experience, by all means! Crush the jalapeños, use your bare hands, and drink it straight from the glass. It was a fun experience, even if slightly unpleasant at times. (No…but I’m kidding. Please wear gloves.)

After the jalapeños soaked, I added in the pineapple juice, which was really nice with the grassy flavors of the peppers.


It makes a super-fun and festive drink for however you’re spending your Cinco de Mayo – whether it be cooking a Mexican-inspired feast at home, or trying all that Mexican candy you bought on your last trip to California, or just pre-gaming a night out eating far better food cooked at actual Mexican restaurants.


Happy Cinco de Mayo, friends! ¡Salud!


Margarita Monday (Happy Cinco de Mayo!): Pineapple Jalapeño Marg
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Serves: 2 drinks
  • 4 oz. tequila
  • 2 oz. orange liqueur
  • 2 oz. lime juice
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 3 jalapeño slices, seeded
  • lime wheels for garnish
  1. Using a muddler or wooden spoon, crush the jalapeño in the bottom of a mixing glass.
  2. Pour the tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice into the mixing glass, let sit for 2-3 minutes. Meanwhile, rim two margarita or rocks glasses with salt and fill with ice.
  3. Add in the pineapple juice, then fill the glass with ice. Shake shake shake.
  4. Strain into the glasses. Garnish with lime.