This Hawaiian Margarita cocktail is full of tropical flavours and perfect for a luau party.
It’s a twist on a traditional margarita, made with pineapple juice and coconut water, in addition to the usual tequila, orange liqueur, and limes – totally delicious!
I’ve got lots more Luau Party Food and drink recipes for you to try out and make for your next tropical party!
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The recipe for this cocktail is found at the end of the post. However, before you scroll, this post is filled with helpful info that you won’t want to miss and variations of the original recipe, too – including a mocktail version!
So whether you want a tropical drink to enjoy on a sunny evening, or need a big batch cocktail for a party, then make sure that Hawaiian Margaritas are in your cocktail-making arsenal!
What is a Margarita?
I’m pretty sure most people know what a margarita is, but just in case you don’t…
Like many cocktails, there are several origin stories.
But it would seem that the margarita – a cocktail made with tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice – was first invented in the 1930s and is a Mexican and American drink.
The word margarita is Spanish for daisy.
Traditionally, margaritas are served in the eponymous margarita glass, a stepped-diameter variant of a cocktail glass or champagne coupe.
The rim of the glass is often dipped in salt,
With just three ingredients, the classic margarita can have many variations by using different flavoured liqueurs; fruit sodas; beer; vegetable juices; and fruit juices – the latter being used in this Hawaiian marg!
Our Unique Margarita Recipes show just how many ways you can add variety and creativity to your tequila drinks!
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Ensure you have The Best Hawaiian Margarita Cocktail Supplies to make your tropical drink!
Ingredients used in this cocktail
I like to share information about the origins of ingredients or food history because I find it fascinating – I hope you do too!
You can’t have margaritas without tequila!
Tequila is an alcoholic beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the Mexican city of Tequila.
Tequila is so regulated that it can only be distilled from blue agave in only five Mexican states.
In addition to Tequila, margaritas also contain an orange liqueur – this could be Cointreau, Triple Sec, Grand Marnier (which, when used, is called a Cadillac Margarita!), or even Blue Curaçao, which will make a Blue Margarita.
Limes give margaritas a tart edge. Whether you use regular limes or can buy Key Limes, it’s all good!
Of all the fruit juices, pineapple juice is my favourite. The tropical taste is a wonderful addition to luau cocktails (and mocktails!).
Pineapple juice contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants (so you know that this cocktail is healthy!).
You have probably seen bottles and cartons of coconut water for sale in grocery stores and supermarkets.
It has health benefits in that it is a source of potassium and keeps you hydrated (this margarita is getting healthier by the minute!).
Coconut water forms naturally inside a young, green coconut, is around 94% water and has very little fat.
Don’t confuse it with coconut milk or coconut cream. They are created from the meat of the coconut and are not used in this cocktail.
You can’t have a cocktail without some sort of garnish!
Use maraschino cherries; lime wedges, or slices; and/or pineapple wedges.
Skewer onto cocktail picks, or hang off the side of the glass.
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Easy Hawaiian Cocktails
A tropical Hawaiian party is probably one of my favourite themes because it is bright, colorful, and festive by its very nature!
Think of vibrant tropical flora and fauna like hibiscus, orchids, monstera leaves, palm trees, parrots, and flamingos, to name a few.
Then you’ve got tiki torches, tiki statues, and leis…
Not to mention delicious food (check out 99 Recipes for a Tropical Hawaiian Party) and tropical party cocktails like Hawaiian Margaritas!
Other Hawaiian cocktail recipes include Blue Hawaiian, Mai Tai, Bahama Mama, Piña Colada, Tropical Itch, Coconut Mojito, Lava Lava, Hawaiian Margarita, Haupia Cocktail, Hawaiian Cosmopolitan, Hawaiian Fizz, Lava Flow, Riki Tiki, Ho’opono Potion, South Shore Sangria, and Lapu Lapu.
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Mixing Hawaiian Cocktails
Pour the liquid ingredients and ice into a cocktail shaker, shake, shake, and shake until combined.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker. You could just use a container with a tight-fitting lid – like a mason jar, water bottle, or even the cup on a blender or smoothie maker.
Pour your shaken cocktail into a margarita glass (or any glass – it all goes down the same!) filled with ice, and garnish with your choice of lime slices, pineapple wedges, and/or maraschino cherries.
Need some food to go with this cocktail?
Try Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken Tacos topped with fresh pineapple, mango, and avocado salsa from A Simple Pantry.
Or, for a cocktail party, Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts Party Appetizer with Spicy Mustard Dip is a tiki classic.
Make It A Tropical Meal!
Looking for some mealtime inspiration to go with this Hawaiian Margarita? I’ve got you covered!
- Appetizer: Cornflake & Coconut Shrimp
- Main Dish: Hawaiian Pulled Pork
- Side Dish: Tropical Island Rice
- A Different Beverage: Tropical Blue Cocktail – Blue Rumba
- Dessert: Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips
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Hawaiian Margarita Variations
I’m all about giving options when I share recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, and I’ve got several ways you can switch things up in this Hawaiian Margarita!
Virgin Hawaiian Margarita (Mocktail)
So that non-drinkers and kids can enjoy a taste of Hawaii at your luau, you can easily make a Virgin Hawaiian Margarita.
To make Hawaiian Margarita Mocktails:
- Mix 1 part orange juice with
- 1 part lime juice,
- 2 parts coconut water, and
- 3 parts pineapple juice.
- Shake with ice and serve over ice with fruit garnish.
For non-drinking adults, you could use Triple Sec Syrup instead – which doesn’t contain alcohol but is made with orange and bitter orange peel, giving the virgin cocktail the bitter taste that margaritas can have.
You could also use a non-alcoholic margarita mix too.
I haven’t used these, so just experiment! That’s what is fun about making cocktails and mocktails – experimenting with flavours!
There is always the option of alcohol-free spirits, such as the ones from Lyres which are available in many countries around the world.
- Lyre’s Agave Reserva Non-Alcoholic Spirit – Tequila Style
- Lyre’s Blanco Margarita Nonalcoholic Cocktail Set – (2 pack), Agave Blanco (Tequila Style), and Orange Sec (Triple Sec Style)
Frozen Hawaiian Margarita
Want to turn this tropical drink into a frozen slushie? Easy!
Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous amount of crushed ice – then blend till smooth.
Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze!
You could also replace some of the ice with frozen pineapple chunks for an extra pineapple hit.
To make a frozen margarita mocktail, just do the same as above, but use the mocktail ingredients instead.
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Hawaiian Margarita Party Punch
If you want to make Hawaiian Margaritas for a crowd, you can make a large batch of the cocktail no problem!
As long as you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug, etc) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct and you can make as much as you need to.
Make sure you add plenty of ice to your serving container of choice and add lime slices, small chunks of pineapple, and cherries for an extra fruity treat.
Serve your Hawaiian Margaritas with some Hawaiian Salsa and chips! (Recipe courtesy of 3 Boys And A Dog.)
This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of the legal drinking age in your country of residence.
Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.
How Do I Make a Hawaiian Margarita?
Just follow the recipe on the card to make one drink or several! Any photos won’t print, to save on your ink.
- 1 part Orange Liqueur (Triple Sec, Cointreau, or Grand Marnier)
- 2 parts Tequila
- 2 parts Coconut Water
- 3 parts Pineapple Juice
- ½ part Lime Juice
- Maraschino Cherries, Lime Wedges, and/or Pineapple Wedges for garnish
- (see notes for ounces/ml measurements)
- Place all liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Pour into a margarita (or other style) glass.
- Garnish with fruit and enjoy!
If you would prefer to use measurements:
1oz/30ml Orange Liqueur (Triple Sec, Cointreau, or Grand Marnier)
2oz/60ml Coconut Water
3oz/90ml Pineapple Juice
½oz/15ml Lime Juice
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 23gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 1g
This site uses an outside source (Nutritionix) to provide estimated nutrition. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
More Cocktails To Make
Once you’ve made this tropical margarita you’ll be wanting more cocktail recipes – here are some for you to check out: