To make this margarita, you’ll need to know about tequila. Tequila is a type of liquor that’s made from the blue agave plant, which is native to Mexico.
The word “tequila” comes from an ancient Nahuatl word and means “sweat water.” It was originally given this name because when they were first distilled and bottled, they would sweat out in the hot Mexican climate!
You may have heard that there are two different kinds of tequila: blanco (white) and reposado (rested). Blanco is clear in color and has little flavor; reposado has been aged for at least two months in barrels made from American white oak trees but can be aged up to one year. If you want to try something different than your typical margarita then I recommend trying a blanco or reposado variety instead!
To make lime juice from fresh limes, you can use the traditional method of squeezing whole limes with a citrus press or channel your inner bartender and use an electric juicer. If you opt for the latter option, be sure to remove any pulp before using it in your margarita.
Our preference for this skinny spicy margarita is Cointreau. After having tried several brands of orange liqueur, we have settled on this as our absolute go to. It has a smooth, not overly sweet flavor. It gives just the right hit of orange to any cocktail. In fact, many top bartenders do not use simple syrup in their margaritas.
Smoked Pineapple is a delicious and unique way to enjoy tropical fruit. Not only does smoking fresh pineapple give it a smoky flavor, but it also adds a beautiful caramelized color and texture to the fruit. We do not add any brown sugar. We let cherry wood chunks add the delicate smoky flavor.
Watch how easy it is to smoke a pineapple!
Grill your citrus to release more flavor
Grilling citrus fruits can often release more juice and enhance their flavor. When you grill citrus fruits like lemons, limes, oranges, or grapefruits, the heat from the grill causes the fruit’s cells to expand and burst. This can lead to the citrus fruits becoming softer and juicier, making it easier to extract the juice.
Additionally, the heat of the grill can caramelize the natural sugars in the citrus fruit, creating a slightly smoky and caramelized flavor that adds depth to the juice. Grilled citrus juice can be used in various culinary applications, from marinades and sauces to cocktails and desserts.
Keep in mind that the effectiveness of this method can vary depending on factors like the type of citrus fruit, its ripeness, and the temperature and duration of grilling. It’s a good idea to monitor the fruits closely while grilling to prevent overcooking, which can result in bitterness or too much moisture loss.
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce Cointreau
- 1 Lime Grilled
- 1 Orange Grilled
- 2 slices Pineapple Smoked
- Cut smoked pineapple into tidbits & place into cocktail shaker and muddle.2 slices Pineapple
- Slice orange in half and slice one slice for garnish. Add the juice of the lime and orange into the cocktail shaker. Add tequila, cointreau, and ice, and shake.2 ounces tequila, 1 ounce Cointreau, 1 Orange, 1 Lime
- Place 1 large ice cube into cocktail glass.
- Strain margarita over ice, and garnish with smoked pineapple wedge and orange slice.2 slices Pineapple