Pineapple & Turmeric Margarita

The secret ingredient is... turmeric!
pineapple and turmeric margarita

Recipe by Marcela Valladolid

"I was actually doing a juice cleanse when I came up with this. Every morning started with a shot of pineapple-turmeric juice, and I wondered how the turmeric would work in a margarita. So once the cleanse was over, I gave it a try—for work, of course!—and I fell in love with the subtle, earthy flavor.” –Marcela Valladolid, cohost of The Kitchen and author of Casa Marcela

  • Prep Time
  • 4Servings


  • 3 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup tequila blanco
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • Ice
  • 4 pineapple wedges, for garnish


1. On a small plate, mix 2 tsp. turmeric, the sugar, chili powder and salt. Run the lime wedge around the rims of 4 glasses. Dip the rims in the turmeric mixture.

2. Add half each of the pineapple juice, tequila, lime juice and agave nectar and 3/4 tsp. turmeric to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty, 10 to 15 times. Fill 2 glasses with ice and strain the margarita into the glasses, dividing equally. Repeat with the remaining pineapple juice, tequila, lime juice, agave and turmeric and more ice. Garnish the drinks with the pineapple wedges.

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