Pineapple Pepper Margarita

A sweet and subtly spicy margarita perfect for summer.

Did you know that today is National Tequila Day? We have so many random “holidays” that folks make up just for the sake of it…and as expected, I continue to celebrate these random days.

Anyway, I love concocting fun cocktails; just the thought of it makes me so happy. Thinking of what flavors compliment each other and just toying around with different spices and herbs is a whole lot of fun for me. Since it’s National Tequila Day, I thought I’d share a margarita. Actually, I’m lying. I had no idea it was National Tequila Day until I randomly saw it on Twitter…two days before this post was to go live. My initial thought was: SCORE! Then I thought: how perfect is this? I just happen to be posting a tequila drink on a tequila day – what are the odds? Luck, I guess. Moving on, I sort of love citrus paired with spicy flavors. Not sure where that came from but I love it. One day I was reminiscing over the delicious pineapples John and I had while in Costa Rica and I thought why not make some fresh pineapple margaritas. Oh wait, better idea: let’s add some black pepper!

Unique margarita with a salt and pepper rim.

There are so many variations of how to make a margarita. Blah blah blah. I chose to use the 3-2-1 method. So, for this margarita you’ll need:

3oz fresh pineapple juice (if you can’t make your own pineapple juice, store bought will be fine)
2oz tequila (silver/white)
1oz fresh lime juice
coarse black pepper
kosher salt

There’s some debate on whether to shake or stir margaritas. I believe in the philosophy of ‘do what you want’ BUT I shake my margaritas because that’s what feels right to me.

Rub a little lime on one section of the glass rim. Then roll it around in a mixture of kosher salt and black pepper. This will reinforce the pepper flavor and add the familiar flavor of salt.

So here we go – combine the tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice and black pepper in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until the cocktail shaker is cold and frosty.

Pour into a glass with ice and sprinkle with more black pepper.

Perfect margarita for someone who enjoys sweet cocktails with a kick.

Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm.

Happy Friday!

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