How to Make an Easy Coconut Pineapple Margarita on the Rocks

For something easy but tropical, there’s nothing better than a margarita on the rocks. Except for a creamy, tropical coconut and pineapple margarita. You’ll love this recipe because you can make a pitcher, bring it poolside, and relax.

Two glasses of creamy tropical margarita, garnished with lime slices and cherries, displayed on a blue surface. Straws are placed in the glasses.

Coconut Pineapple Margarita

Creamy and sweet a salty rim and citrus kick, this will be your new favorite margarita to sip by the pool
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Serving Size 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt for rim of glasses
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • ¾ cup tequila
  • 15 ounce can cream of coconut Coco Lopez brand is best
  • 8 ounces pineapple juice
  • lime wedges for garnish
  • pineapple wedge and cherry for garnish


  • Warm cream of coconut. Place an unopened can of cream of coconut in a bowl of hot water while you prep the glasses and other ingredients.
    A hand holding a can of Coco López cream of coconut with a Dole pineapple juice can and a whole pineapple in the background, set on a light blue surface.
  • Prep the glasses. Pour coarse salt onto a plate. Rub the edge of the glasses with a lime wedge and then twist on the plate to coat in salt.
    Close-up of a person's hand salting the rim of a glass using kosher salt on a white plate, set against a light blue backdrop.
  • Shake all ingredients. In a cocktail shaker, shake all ingredients well over plenty of ice. (I use a mason jar with a lid + mason jar cocktail strainer)
    A person's hand holding a mason jar filled with blended margarita ingredients next to a bottle of triple sec, with a pineapple in the background, all set on a light blue surface.
  • Garnish and serve. Pour into four glasses filled with ice and top with lime wedges and a cherry.
    Close-up of a tropical margarita in a glass, garnished with a lime slice and a cherry, a straw in the drink, and a pineapple visible in the background.


You won’t need any additional sweetener because of all the sugar in the cream of coconut and pineapple juice.
Calories: 566kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 440mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg

I absolutely adore anything that brings a bit of that tropical vacation vibe into our home, especially when it involves margaritas. I stumbled upon this coconut and pineapple margarita recipe last summer, and it quickly became a favorite.

It’s the perfect mix of creamy sweetness with a citrusy punch that just makes you want to kick back and soak up the sun. I always make a big pitcher whenever we have friends over for pool parties or just to lighten the mood on a hot day. Everyone loves it, and it’s so easy to whip up, which means more time relaxing and less time in the kitchen. I’ve tried a lot of margarita variations, but this one? It’s a keeper.

Tips for Creamy Margaritas

  • Choosing the Right Cream of Coconut: The cream of coconut is a key ingredient that can vary widely between brands. Coco López is a favorite for its rich flavor and consistency, but make sure to thoroughly mix it before using as the contents can separate in the can.
  • Adjusting the Sweetness: Depending on your taste, you might find the drink too sweet with the combination of cream of coconut and pineapple juice. To counter this, you can add a bit more lime juice or a splash of club soda to balance the sweetness with some acidity and fizz.
  • Experiment with Garnishes: While lime, pineapple, and cherry are classic, don’t be afraid to try other garnishes like a sprig of mint, a slice of orange, or even edible flowers for a special touch.

Important To Have

Here’s a look at some of the essentials:

  • Cocktail Shaker. A good shaker is key for mixing your ingredients thoroughly and achieving that smooth, even consistency. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid can work as a makeshift alternative.
  • Cream of Coconut. This is different from coconut milk or coconut cream; cream of coconut is much sweeter and thicker, designed specifically for cocktails. Coco López is a popular brand that you can find in the cocktail mix section of most grocery stores.
  • Kosher Salt. The coarser grains stick better to the rim of your glass, which is essential for that perfect salty kick with each sip. Table salt is too fine and can make the drink overly salty.

Each of these elements brings something special to your margarita, ensuring that each sip is as delightful as the last. Whether it’s the right tool for mixing or the best kind of coconut cream, using the right items can elevate your drink from good to great.

Serving Suggestions

Serve these with shredded beef tacos and plenty of chips and queso.

Frozen/ Pina Colada Variations

You can substitute the tequila for rum (white or flavored) and reduce the lime a bit, and you’ll have my very favorite pina colada!

Prefer frozen? Just add 4 cups of ice and blend it up! Same exact thing. And no need to warm up the cream of coconut in that case.

But whatever you do… don’t try to substitute coconut milk. Not the same thing!

Glasses rimmed with toasted coconut are lovely, too.

How to Store Leftover Margaritas

This is one of the best things about margaritas on the rocks! You can keep the leftovers, or make them ahead of time.

  • Combine all ingredients except the ice in a pitcher.
  • Cover the pitcher and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. This allows the flavors to meld together nicely.
  • When ready to serve, shake or stir well with ice to chill, then garnish as desired.

Enjoy mixing up this refreshing cocktail, perfect for any occasion that calls for a bit of tropical flair. Cheers to a simple recipe that’s sure to impress your guests and add a splash of fun to any event!

Two glasses of tropical margarita side by side, garnished with lime slices, on a light blue surface with a light textured pattern.

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