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Image of the cocktail ingredients including cilantro, pineapple, limes, tahin, pineapple juice and a bottle of tequila

Who’s ready for a long weekend? We sure are, and what better way to kick it off properly than with a fresh cocktail? You’ve been working hard, and now it’s time to reward yourself this Labor Day weekend with a little R&R—that’s refresh and reboot—courtesy of Makoto.

It’s hard to play favorites when it comes to the beverage menu at Makoto, so we asked an expert to share one of the restaurant’s signature drinks that’s held its own for the last decade—the Piña Margarita!

“A pineapple is a sign of rest and relaxation for most people visiting or living in Miami,” explains manager Michael Mauro. “Makoto has taken this simple item and engraved it as a staple at Bal Harbour Shops. Grilling the pineapple before infusing it with tequila adds different layers of complexity to this cocktail. Combined with a Korean chili rim, this cocktail leaves a person with the sensations of sweet, smoke and spice after each refreshing and delicious sip.”

For your end of summer enjoyment, please scroll on for the celebrated Piña Margarita recipe. Once you’ve given this delightful drink a shake yourself, snap a pic and post to Instagram and tag it with @balharbourshops and #TheBHSBite.



  • 1 lime wedge
  • Small handful cilantro

Add ice to a mixing glass followed by:

  • 2 oz pineapple infused Sauza Blue tequila
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup

Shake, and then strain over ice into a rocks glass rimmed with a combination of Korean red pepper, salt and sugar

One Comment

Christina September 06, 2021 at 5:26 am

Great recipe


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