Need a refreshing summer drink to beat the heat? This Frozen Pineapple Coconut Margarita uses tropical flavors and crushed ice to cool you down with just one sip!
Pineapple and coconut is a classic pairing that screams summer in a glass! It’s used in Pina Coladas and even pies to transport you to the tropics with your taste buds.
Pineapple Coconut Margarita Tips and Tricks
Cream of Coconut
Bear in mind that cream of coconut and coconut cream are not the same.
Cream of coconut is more syrupy and pre-sweetened whereas coconut cream is richer and thicker. This recipe calls for cream of coconut, which is already mixed with sugar. Coconut cream may curdle with the acidity of the pineapple and lime.
They also differ in color. Cream of coconut is usually an off-white or tan color, whereas coconut cream is cloudy white.
You can usually find cream of coconut in your grocery store, or you can order this cream of coconut (affiliate link). Here’s what else you’ll need:
Finding Your Pineapple
Pineapple is one of the most naturally sweet and refreshing fruits. It does, however, come with a relatively high environmental impact. Over 90% of the pineapple consumed in America is imported from Costa Rica and uses a large number of chemical pesticides to keep up with demand.
So how can we enjoy pineapple more sustainably? Look for organic pineapple, ideally from Hawaii.
Green tip: Look for organic pineapple that is Rain Forest Alliance or Fair Trade certified.
You’ll Need a Blender or Food Processor
In addition to your delicious ingredients, you’ll also need either a blender or a food processor, preferably a blender! I use this Ninja Blender (affiliate link) for this recipe and a lot of my sauces and vinaigrettes. It works like a charm!
All you have to do is throw all of your ingredients in and blend until smooth. You want your pineapple and ice to break down into tiny little fragments so that your margarita can be sipped through a straw.
Green tip: Consider investing in reusable straws! They are easy to clean and will reduce your contribution to plastic waste that eventually ends up in landfills or makes its way into the environment and becomes microplastics. These stainless steel straws are my favorite (affiliate link)!
Should You Have Leftovers
This recipe makes about 2 large frozen margaritas, and each one is strong! If you have leftovers, don’t chuck them out! Seal them in a container and store it in the freezer. The rum will prevent them from freezing completely.
Leftovers will last up to 5 days in the freezer, and may need to thaw before enjoying.
That said, these margaritas are best made fresh, so I wouldn’t recommend making these ahead of time if you can avoid it.
Green tip: Did you know that of the billions of pounds of food wasted annually, it is estimated that 50% of it happens in our homes? It’s always best to avoid food waste as much as you can!
This recipe calls for 5 ounces of tequila Blanco. It’s my preference just because it tends to be a tad more citrus-y, which plays well with the fresh lime. That being said, if you prefer Reposado, that absolutely plays well with these ingredients, too!
I love using agave in margaritas because it is such a great tequila accompaniment, but you can use any sweetener in place of it here. Use simple syrup, honey, or even molasses in the same amount in its place.
Why You Should Make This Pineapple Coconut Margarita
- It’s refreshing! Those fresh flavors and cooling ice chips make this the perfect summer drink.
- It’s quick and easy. Just throw all of the ingredients into a blender and press play!
- It’s tropical. Between the fresh pineapple and cream of coconut, this drink is a total vacation!