Pineapple-Tequila Smoothies

Two glasses filled with pineapple-tequila smoothie, rimmed with sugar, topped with line wedges on a napkin

This cocktail has a smoothie-like texture and the flowery, tropical taste of pineapple. The recipe calls for a whole pineapple, so you may want to invite a few friends over to partake of this refreshingly sweet drink.–Karl Petzke

Pineapple-Tequila Smoothies Recipe

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • Makes 4 servings


  • 1 ripe pineapple
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar (or just blitz granulated sugar in a blender until finely ground but not powdery)
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Coarse decorating sugar
  • 4 ounces blanco tequila
  • Ice cubes


  • 1. Peel, core, and dice the pineapple. Combine half of the pineapple with 1 cup of the water and half of the superfine sugar in a blender and puree until smooth. Repeat with the remaining pineapple, water, and superfine sugar. Pour into a large pitcher and refrigerate for 1 hour to chill.
  • 2. Run the lime wedge around the rims of 4 cocktail glasses and dip the rims in the coarse sugar. For each drink, combine 3 ounces pineapple mixture with 1 ounce tequila and a few ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Shake well, strain into a sugar-rimmed glass, and serve.
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Recipe Testers Reviews

This is a fast and refreshing drink that works well with a variety of cuisines—Mexican, Thai, etc. I was wary of the amount of sugar, so I did two half batches, one with the full amount of sugar and one with half the sugar. I ended up increasing the sugar back up to the recipe amount for both batches. The sweetness helped keep the drink in balance. The time in the refrigerator is really important. I liked that the drink didn’t take many ingredients and I could easily hand over drink-making duties to a friend while I finished making dinner.

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