Spicy Pineapple Margaritas

"This is a signature cocktail at my house," says Katie.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 margaritas
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4 ounces good-quality silver tequila

1 1/2 ounces agave syrup or simple syrup

4 1-inch chunks pineapple, plus wedges for garnish

2 sprigs fresh cilantro

2 1/4-inch-thick slices red chile pepper (with seeds), plus more for garnish

4 ounces pineapple juice

2 ounces lime juice (from about 2 limes)

1 ounce triple sec

Kosher salt, for the glasses (optional)


  1. Combine the tequila, agave, pineapple, cilantro and chile pepper in a large shaker; muddle with the end of a wooden spoon.
  2. Add the pineapple juice, lime juice and triple sec to the shaker and fill with ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into 2 rocks glasses filled with ice. (Rim the glasses with salt, if desired.) Garnish with the pineapple wedges and more chile pepper.