This Hawaiian Margarita cocktail is full of tropical flavours and perfect for 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!
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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!
It’s always five o’clock somewhere – according to the song by Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett at least!
What time zone am on? What country am I in?
It doesn’t matter, it’s five o’clock somewhere.
It’s always on five in Margaritaville, come to think of it.
Yeah, I heard that.
You been there haven’t you.
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 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 tons of variations by using different flavoured liqueurs; fruit sodas; beer; vegetable juices; and fruit juices – the latter being used in this Hawaiian marg!
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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 the blue agave, and 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 is full of 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 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 very little fat. Don’t confuse it with coconut milk, or coconut cream. They are created from the meat of the coconut, and not used in this cocktail.
You can’t have a cocktail without some sort of garnish! Use maraschino cherries (my absolute favorite!); 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 by its very nature it is bright, colorful and festive!
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 50 Recipes for a Tropical Hawaiian Party) and of course, 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, 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.
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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 make a Virgin Hawaiian Margarita very easily.
To make Hawaiian Margarita Mocktails, mix 1 part orange juice, 1 part lime juice, 2 parts coconut water, and 3 parts pineapple juice. Shake with ice and serve over ice with fruit garnish like the regular cocktail.
For non-drinking adults, you could instead use Triple Sec Syrup – 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!
I love the Monin brand of syrups as there are lots of flavours and they are a very versatile ingredient that can be used in cocktails, mocktails, coffee, cocoa, shakes, smoothies, and more.
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 using the mocktail ingredients instead.
Hawaiian 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. Serve in drinks dispensers, pitchers, or go really retro and serve it from a punch bowl!
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.
How do I make a Hawaiian Margarita?
Just follow the recipe in the card to make one drink or several! Any photos won’t print, to save on your ink.
This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of legal drinking age in your country of residence. Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.
- 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: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g
This site uses an outside source (Nutritionix) to provide estimated nutrition. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
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
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:
- Frozen Blueberry Margaritas – A Refreshing Adult Slush Drink!
- Cucumber Cantaloupe Mint Fizz
- Tropical Paradise Cocktail with Rum & Banana Liqueur