Celebrate the summer with a sweet, smooth, and fruity Pineapple Paloma! This tropical drink is made with three simple ingredients, ice, and a cocktail shaker. You’ll love cooling off in the hot sun with this tequila cocktail. Just sip, close your eyes, and pretend you’re at the beach. Cheers!
To me, nothing tastes more like summer than pineapple. It’s so sweet, tropical, fruity, and bright! During the sunny season, I love making dishes like grilled mojo chicken with pineapple salsa and pineapple fried rice. What better to wash them down with than a freshly shaken pineapple paloma?! This three ingredient drink is incredibly quick and easy to make with just some ice and a cocktail shaker.
If you also love the taste of pineapple, you’ll really love the way it’s showcased here. Pineapple juice is complimented simply by your choice of tequila and about one shot’s worth of freshly squeezed lime juice to add just the right amount of tang. I love when I can make delicious, summery drinks with minimal (and mostly all-natural) ingredients! Oh, and you can’t forget the fresh pineapple garnish… I think it might just be my favorite part of the whole thing.
Why You’ll Love This
- Perfect for parties. You know those cocktail recipes that require you to muddle, measure a bunch of ingredients, and really take your time? Yeah, this isn’t like that! You can keep the party going AND be the host with the most when you shake up this quick 3 ingredient beverage.
- SO summery! Tequila, lime juice, and pineapple juice are all shaken up to create the most vibrant summertime drink. It tastes like (boozy) sunshine in a cup! It’s great for sipping on by the pool – and as a bonus, you don’t have to tip a poolside server!
- Couldn’t be easier. Measure your three ingredients. Shake them up with some ice. Pour, sip, and repeat as many times as necessary. From start to finish, this recipe should honestly take you less than 5 minutes.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Here is a list of ingredients you will need to make this pineapple paloma cocktail. Make sure to scroll down to view the full recipe for exact measurements.
- Pineapple juice
- Lime juice
How To Make a Pineapple Paloma
Here is a general overview of the steps involved to make this pineapple paloma recipe. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for the full recipe.
Shake. Shake, shake, señora! Measure all of your ingredients and pour them into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for a few seconds to combine it all into a smooth, fruity concoction.
Strain and garnish. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with more ice. Garnish, serve, and enjoy!
PRO TIP: Fresh pineapple wedges make the best garnishes for these summery palomas. I like to sometimes even add a chunk or two to my drink. That way, by the time I finish my drink, I have a little boozy snack waiting for me in the ice!
Recipe Tips, Substitutions, and Variations
Check out these quick pointers for the BEST pineapple palomas:
- You can use the dirty ice. Dirty ice isn’t actually dirty, of course. The phrase “dirty ice” refers to the ice that’s used to shake the cocktail together inside the shaker. Usually, I like to strain my paloma and pour it over fresh ice cubes. However, you can just pour the whole thing into a glass if you want to skip that step.
- Pick the right tequila. The quality of any cocktail begins with the quality of the liquor. If you use a super cheap tequila, your end result will likely be a lackluster cocktail and a headache. With that being said, you don’t necessarily need a top shelf bottle either! A middle of the road tequila works well in this easy recipe.
- Use fresh lime juice. Freshly squeezed lime juice is the only lime juice to use in this freshly flavored cocktail recipe! Avoid using anything bottled/from concentrate. You WILL be able to taste a difference.
- Sugared or salted rim? If you like a sugar or salt rim, fill a small dish with water and another small dish with the sugar/salt. Dip the edge of the glass in the water and then into the sugar/salt. Set aside until ready to use.
- Not a fan of pineapple? I got you. The classic paloma is just as satisfying and easy to make as is this one or change it up with a Watermelon Paloma!
Make Ahead Instructions
Yes, you can certainly make a pineapple paloma (or a whole batch of them) ahead of time! Simply double or triple all of the ingredients as needed and pour all of the shaken results into a pitcher. Keep the pitcher in your fridge, preferably covered, until you’re ready to serve. I don’t recommend filling the pitcher with ice if you store it, as the ice will melt over time in the fridge.
What to Serve with Pineapple Palomas
Make your party the very best it can be by also offering other bright cocktails I love like pineapple orange rum punch and crushed and boozy summer slushies. Of course, if you’re hosting a party in the sun, you’ll also need some good appetizers like rainbow summer rolls, corn on the cob, and buffalo chicken dip!
- 4 ounces (113 ml) pineapple juice
- 2 ounces (57 ml) tequila
- 1 ounce (28 ml) lime juice
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the pineapple juice, tequila, and lime juice. Shake until chilled.
- Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a wedge of pineapple or a slice of lime.
- Enjoy immediately.
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