Transport your senses to a sunny tropical beach with Pineapple Dragon Fruit Margaritas.
This vibrant cocktail is not just a drink—it’s an exotic escape wrapped up in a glass, promising to deliver a splash of tropical bliss with each sip!
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Pineapple Dragon Fruit Margaritas
Experience tropical bliss with this pineapple dragon fruit margarita recipe! If you love trying out unique margarita recipes* you will love this one!
This margarita perfectly blends the exotic notes of dragon fruit, the sweet tartness of pineapple, and the bright citrusy flavor of lime with the classic punch of tequila and triple sec.
The unexpected combination creates a unique and exciting flavor profile that’s hard to resist.
Imagine serving these refreshing margaritas at your next summer gathering, whether a pool party, barbecue, or a laid-back dinner on the patio.
Or why not host a margarita party, complete with a Margarita Board? Guests can shake their own drink combos, enjoy some snacks, and have a blast dancing to lively Latin music all night long!
These pineapple dragon fruit margaritas are not just a cocktail but an instant mood lifter, a conversation starter, and a means to transport your guests to a tropical paradise, if only for a moment!
Reasons Why You’ll Love Pineapple Dragon Fruit Margaritas
- Exotic Flavor: The sweet-tart pineapple perfectly complements the subtly sweet dragon fruit.
- Refreshing: Ideal for cooling down on a hot day or at a summer party.
- Nutritious: Packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.
- Versatile: Can be adapted with various alcohols or made into a mocktail.
- Easy to Make: Requires simple ingredients and no complex techniques.
- Fun to Customize: Experiment with ratios and ingredients to create your perfect drink.
Ingredients & Equipment For Pineapple Dragon Fruit Margaritas
Pineapple Dragon Fruit Margarita Ingredients
- Tequila – you can use silver or gold tequila in this cocktail
- Triple Sec – an orange-flavored liqueur.
- Fresh Dragon Fruit – This tropical fruit gets its name from the leather-like skin and scaly spikes on the fruit exterior. Depending on the variety, dragon fruits may have sweet- or sour-tasting flesh that can be red, white, or yellow. Wikipedia
You will want the kind with white flesh to yield a white margarita in this cocktail. However, if you can only source the bright pink variety, that’s fine – your cocktail will be bright pink instead!
- Pineapple Juice
- Tropical Fruit juice
- Fresh Lime
- Fruit Garnish – Dragon Fruit Slices, Lime Slices, Pineapple Wedges
- This cocktail is shaken, but don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker!
- Use a container with a tight-fitting lid—like a mason jar or the cup on a blender or smoothie maker.
- Cheesecloth – for squeezing the juice from the dragon fruit.
- Cocktail Skewers – for skewering cherries and other cocktail fruit garnish.
- Margarita Glasses – or any glass you have available for your margaritas.
- Rimming Dish – or saucers for rimming the glasses with salt.
TIP! Chill the glasses before serving for an extra refreshing drink.
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What Can I Serve With Pineapple Dragon Fruit Margaritas?
More Tropical Cocktails To Make
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Pineapple Dragon Fruit Margarita Variations
Here are some variations of the original cocktail recipe you might like to try.
Virgin Pineapple Dragon Fruit Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic)
So that non-drinkers can enjoy a tropical margarita, we simply remove the alcohol and replace it!
Follow the recipe card using the non-alcoholic alternatives listed below instead of the alcoholic ones.
- Substitute the tequila and triple sec with coconut water or lemon-lime soda.
I recommend adding the syrups to your taste as they may add the sweetness you may not necessarily get from alcoholic liqueurs.
Pineapple Dragon Fruit Mockaritas with Non-Alcoholic Spirits
For adults who would still like to enjoy the taste of alcohol in their mocktail, you could try non-alcoholic alternatives.
In the UK, try Lyre’s, which is also available on Amazon in the UK and Amazon.com.
Other brands include Strykk (UK) and Ritual (US & Canada). Non-alcoholic spirits are a growing trend, so be on the lookout in your local stores and online.
- Instead of Tequila, use Lyre’s Agave Blanco Spirit or Lyre’s Agave Reserva Spirit.
- Instead of Triple Sec, use Lyre’s Orange Sec.
Follow the recipe card using the non-alcoholic alternatives listed above instead of the alcoholic ones.
Pineapple Dragon Fruit Frozen Margaritas
Want to turn this cocktail into a frozen slushie? Here’s how!
Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous amount of ice – then blend till smooth.
Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze!
You can do the same with the mocktail version too.
Big Batch Pineapple Dragon Fruit Margaritas
Want to make a big batch of tropical margaritas for a party or gathering? It’s easy – here’s how!
If 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.
To make these fruity margaritas for a crowd, mix together:
- 2 parts Tequila
- 2 parts Triple Sec
- 1 parts Dragon Fruit Juice
- 1½ parts Pineapple Juice
- 1 part Tropical Fruit juice
- ½ part Fresh Lime Juice
Add plenty of ice to your serving container to keep the cocktail chilled. Add some chopped dragon fruit and pineapple in there too.
While it’s best to enjoy the cocktail fresh to savor its flavors, you may have some left at the end of your party—don’t let it go to waste!
- Transfer it to an airtight pitcher or container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
- Or, to make it last longer, turn it into Tropical Margarita Granita!
- Granita is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water, and various flavorings. Originally from Sicily.
- Transfer the cocktail to a shallow freezer-safe container and place it in the freezer for 6 hours (or overnight). You can add some simple syrup or another sweetener if desired.
- Use a fork to break the frozen cocktail into small pieces. Serve and enjoy!
- Or pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze.
- Use the cocktail cubes to chill and flavor future cocktails without diluting the drink.
Setting Up Your Cocktail Bar
When setting up your cocktail bar or serving area, you could include the following:
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 Pineapple Dragon Fruit Margaritas?
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For Glass Rim
- Lime Wedge
- Salt or Sugar
For the Margaritas
- ⅔ Fresh Yellow Dragon Fruit, flesh cut into cubes, to yield about 2 oz juice
- 4 oz Tequila
- 4 oz Triple Sec
- 3 oz Pineapple Juice
- 2 oz Tropical Fruit juice
- 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- Dragon Fruit Slices
- Lime Slices
- Pineapple Wedges
- Pineapple Leaves
- To add salt or sugar rim to margarita glasses, pour some salt (or sugar) onto a plate. Then, rub the lime wedge around the rim of each glass. Dip the glass rim into the salt (or sugar) and twist. Fill glasses with ice and set them aside.
- Place the dragon fruit into the center of some cheesecloth and squeeze the juice out of the fruit into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Place the Tequila, Triple Sec, pineapple juice, tropical fruit juice, and fresh lime juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well for 15-30 seconds to combine.
- Pour into the prepared glasses.
- Garnish with dragon fruit, lime, pineapple wedges, and/or leaves as desired. Cheers!
Dinner Party Menu Suggestions!
The beverage is covered, but what about the rest of the courses?
Here are additional recipes to create a menu for a dinner party or special meal:
- Appetizer: Gluten-Free Baked Coconut Shrimp with Avocado-Lime Dip
- Soup: Fragrant Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup with Garlic and Ginger
- Salad: Pineapple and Shrimp Stuffed Avocados
- Main Dish: Roasted Mahi Mahi Recipe with Mango Chipotle Sauce
- Side Dish: Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice
- Dessert: Mango Lime Frozen Yogurt
FAQ About Margaritas
Here are some questions people often ask about making margaritas.
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Absolutely! Pineapple and dragon fruit go very well together. The sweetness and tartness of the pineapple complement the subtly sweet and slightly earthy flavor of dragon fruit. The contrasting colors also make for a visually appealing combination.
Yes, dragon fruit is good with alcohol. It’s often used in tropical cocktails for its refreshing taste and beautiful color. Its mild sweetness balances the strong flavors of certain alcohols, making it an excellent ingredient for various cocktails, including margaritas.
Pineapple is great in alcoholic drinks. The natural sweetness and acidity balance out the strong taste of alcohol. Pineapple is a staple in many tropical cocktails, including the Pina Colada, and it can add a refreshing and exotic touch to a margarita.
A classic margarita typically consists of just a few key ingredients: tequila, lime juice, and a sweetener such as triple sec or Cointreau. Some people also like to add a bit of salt to the rim of the glass for an extra flavor dimension.
The traditional formula for a margarita is 2:1:1. This means 2 parts tequila, 1 part triple sec (or other orange liqueur), and 1 part lime juice. Adjustments can be made based on personal preference for sweetness or tartness. Some people use the 3-2-1 method: 3 parts tequila, 2 parts orange liqueur, and 1 part lime juice. But adjust the amounts to suit your preference.
While both Triple Sec and Cointreau are types of orange liqueurs, they are not the same. Triple sec is a generic term for an orange-flavored liqueur, while Cointreau is a specific triple sec brand known for its higher quality and slightly sweeter flavor profile.
It depends on personal preference. Cointreau is often favored for its smoother, more refined flavor, and it can make a margarita taste a bit more sophisticated. However, a good quality triple sec can also work well and may be a more budget-friendly option.
Margarita and Pina Colada are both popular tropical cocktails with distinct ingredients and flavors. A margarita is typically made with tequila, lime juice, and triple sec (or Cointreau) and is known for its balance of sweet, sour, and strong flavors. On the other hand, a Pina Colada is made with rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, offering a creamy, sweet, and tropical experience.
Scroll down for a list of great combinations to try!
More Tropical Margaritas to Make
Here are some more margarita combos to try where pineapple and/or dragon fruit are part of the cocktail
The beauty of mixing cocktails is that you can customize them to your personal tastes.
If you want more or less of a particular element, then you can totally use more fruit juice, or less orange liqueur, bump up the sweetness, or increase the amount of tequila—it’s all up to you!
Tropical Pineapple Margarita: Shake together zesty pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, orange liqueur, and gold tequila. Serve over ice and enjoy a tropical experience garnished with a pineapple wedge.
Dragon Fruit Margarita: Combine the juice of a dragon with zingy lime juice, agave syrup, and tequila. This dragon fruit concoction will be your new favorite when served in a salt-rimmed glass with a dragon fruit slice.
Pineapple Basil Margarita: Muddle fresh basil leaves in a cocktail shaker with some lime juice to release their unique aroma. Add pineapple juice, simple syrup, and tequila, and after a vigorous shake, strain the cocktail for a basil-infused experience.
Spicy Pineapple Margarita: Ignite a flavor explosion by muddling a slice of jalapeño with pineapple juice, a splash of fresh lime juice, and a hint of simple syrup. Shake with some anejo tequila and Cointreau; once strained, you’ll have a fiery pineapple delight ready to be savored. Try our Spicy Peach Margaritas, too.
Dragon Fruit & Strawberry Margarita: Blend ripe dragon fruit and fresh strawberries for flavorful juice. Blend this with zesty lime juice, triple sec, and tequila. The result is a dragon-strawberry fusion that will take your tastebuds on a fruity journey.
Coconut Dragon Fruit Margarita: Dragon fruit juice, tequila, coconut tequila, coconut cocktail mix, and coconut syrup combine to create this tropical delight.
Dragon Fruit & Orange Margarita: Create a vibrant juice blend of dragon fruit and fresh oranges. Mix this with lime juice, orange liqueur, and tequila, shake, and serve. The result is a tangy citrus cocktail with an exotic hint of dragon fruit.
Pineapple & Pomegranate Margarita: Experience a unique fusion of flavors with pineapple juice, pomegranate juice, a splash of lime juice, and reposado tequila. Shake well, strain, and savor the harmonious blend of flavors.
Dragon Fruit & Grapefruit Margarita: Unite the distinct flavors of dragon fruit and grapefruit in a juice blend. Introduce zingy lime juice, agave nectar, and tequila to the mix. Serve the resulting tart and exotic cocktail with a grapefruit garnish. You could also try our Grapefruit Margaritas recipe.
Pineapple & Peach Margarita: Mix fresh peach and pineapple juices with a dash of lime and tequila. The resulting cocktail offers a peach-infused tropical delight that is the epitome of summer in a glass.