Pineapple-Red Pepper Margarita

What to do with an over-ripe pineapple? Muddle it in to a margarita. In theory, anyway. In reality, it’s very hard to strain the drink with all that pineapple pulp plugging up the shaker holes. But no matter — it’s worth the effort.

The pineapple adds a touch of tropical sweetness, while the red pepper gives this twist on a margarita a savoury kick. It’s a nice mash-up of one of my favourite cocktails. Cheers!

It's sweet and spicy with a kick. You'll love this twist on a margarita.

It’s sweet and spicy with a kick. You’ll love this twist on a margarita.

Pineapple-Red Pepper Margarita

  • 4 pineapple chunks
  • 4 pieces red pepper
  • 2 oz tequila
  • .5 oz Cointreau
  • 1 barspoon agave syrup
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • Salted rim
  • Garnish: pineapple chunk and red pepper crescent

Method: Rim a margarita glass with salt, then fill with crushed ice. Muddle pineapple and red pepper in the base of a cocktail shaker. Add tequila, Cointreau, agave syrup and lime juice plus ice and shake. Strain into the margarita glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge and red pepper crescent.

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