Caramelized Pineapple and Jalapeño Margaritas

  • Author: Morgan
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 margaritas 1x


  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, quartered, seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups large fresh pineapple chunks, from 1 medium-sized pineapple
  • Juice of 5 limes
  • 2/3 cup tequila
  • 3/4 cup triple sec
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together 1 cup of the sugar and 1 cup water. Heat until the sugar dissolves completely. Remove from heat and add the quartered jalapeño. Let sit for 1 hour. Strain the simple syrup through a fine mesh sieve and store the syrup in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. In a large pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the pineapple over the melted butter and sprinkle with the remaining sugar. Cook the pineapple until caramelized, about 3 minutes per side, basting with the butter-sugar mixture. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  3. Combine the caramelized pineapple, lime juice, 1/4 cup of the simple syrup, tequila, triple sec, and vanilla extract to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into a pitcher and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Serve over ice.