This week on IBC we’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Yesterday, I kicked off this fun fiesta with everything you need to know about celebrating Cinco de Mayo. I also shared some Tuesday Tunes to add a little rhythm to your party.

Vanilla Pineapple Margarita | #IBCcincodemayo

Now we’re ready to dive into some recipes. Today, I’ll be sharing two takes on classic Cinco de Mayo cocktails. My first recipe is for a margarita, but I’m turning up the flavor volume by making it a Vanilla Pineapple Margarita.

Vanilla Pineapple Margarita | #IBCcincodemayo

Vanilla Pineapple Margarita | #IBCcincodemayo

Thanks to pineapple juice and a splash of simple syrup, this margarita is a bit sweeter and fruitier than a traditional margarita. Because of this, we are rimming our glass in coarse sugar (instead of salt). I like coarse sugar because it has bigger crystals than granulated sugar, plus it adds a bit of sparkle to the glass.

Vanilla Pineapple Margarita | #IBCcincodemayo

To make the flavors of this cocktail really come alive, (in addition to the pineapple juice) we’re incorporating the seeds straight from the vanilla bean. The seeds lend a natural and bold vanilla flavor.

Vanilla Pineapple Margarita | #IBCcincodemayo

As these little seeds get shaken up into the cocktail, they also give it a beautiful speckled effect. At a glance you know that this drink is infused with a delicious vanilla flavor.

Vanilla Pineapple Margarita | #IBCcincodemayo

Vanilla Pineapple Margarita | #IBCcincodemayo

Garnished with a piece of fresh pineapple and sliver of vanilla bean, this margarita will help you kick off our Cinco de Mayo Celebration.

Vanilla Pineapple Margarita | #IBCcincodemayo

Vanilla Pineapple Margarita

serves 1

3 parts pineapple juice
1 part Sauza® tequila
½ part orange liqueur
½ part simple syrup (optional)
Splash of freshly squeezed orange juice
Vanilla bean
Coarse sugar for garnish

Begin by rubbing the rim of a glass with the orange wedge, and then dip the rim into sugar.

To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the pineapple juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and orange juice. With a sharp knife, scrape a few of the seeds from the vanilla bean and add them to the shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into the prepared glass and top with ice.

It’s that simple. Naturally, you can double, triple, quadruple, etc. this recipe to serve as many people as you'd like. However, be sure to shake the mixture thoroughly to get those vanilla seeds evenly distributed.


Vanilla Pineapple Margarita | #IBCcincodemayo

Cheers, friends!

Vanilla Pineapple Margarita | #IBCcincodemayo

Be sure to continue following along on this Cinco de Mayo celebration. If you’re just joining, I recommend starting here. However, all the recipes and ideas will be linked up below. Enjoy!


IBC Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

How to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Tuesday Tunes: Cinco de Mayo Playlist
Vanilla Pineapple Margaritas – you are here
Jalapeño Paloma
Tequila Lime Chicken Kabobs
Mini Margarita Cheesecakes
DIY Mini Piñata Box


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  • Christi at

    Wow! Are you serious right now?! Drooling!!

  • Roxana at

    I never thought of making a pineapple margarita. That looks great!

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