Sweet Heat Margaritas

It’s margarita season, ya’ll! This one is inspired by my favorite pizza combo: pineapple and jalapeño. Also known as sweet heat. 🙂

I am not sure what it is but I have been on a margarita KICK lately. I love that it’s really such a simple cocktail, and pretty similar to my favorite rum-based cocktail, a daiquiri. I also took a note from Rogan and started making my margarita mix with a combo of granulated sugar and sugar in the raw for a slightly different taste/texture.

But really, it’s the lime juice. Basically any cocktail or drink that has a lot of fresh lime juice I am sure to love. It’s just so refreshing! But I particularly love this mix of lime juice, pineapple, and jalapeño because it’s got a lot of flavor, plus a good mix of sweet next to spicy. Yum!

My only “rule” about margaritas is I really prefer homemade margarita mix to any of the store-bought kinds I’ve tried. Some aren’t too bad, but nothing really compares to a fresh made mix. But, of course, this takes a little time. This recipe is great though because it will make enough mix for 4-6 margaritas (this depends on what kind of glass you choose to serve it in, but see my photos of the kind I used). You can use all the mix in one night if you have a few friends over, or you can save it in a sealed glass container in your refrigerator and mix yourself a margarita now and again for weeks.

Make yourself a margarita this weekend as we all celebrate the arrival of the summer months—hooray! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the ACS for Desktop actions.
5 from 3 votes

Sweet Heat Margaritas

Servings 4


  • 1 cup lime juice approx. 10 limes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar in the raw
  • 5 ounces fresh pineapple
  • 1 jalapeño stem and most of the seeds removed

For the margarita:

  • tequila
  • triple sec


  1. In a small pot, combine all the ingredients and whisk over medium heat until the sugar completely dissolves. Remove the jalapeño pieces and then blend the mixture well. Strain into a large jar. Allow to cool before use.

  2. Salt the rim of a small glass. Add ice, 1 shot of tequila, 1/2 shot of triple sec, and then fill with the sweet heat margarita mix (approx. 2 shots). Enjoy!
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