10 Cocktails With Pineapple Juice That Prove How Versatile This Fruit Can Be
Pineapple has a tough reputation. Its hard exterior might lead some to conclude it's a fruit best left to the hands of experienced chefs, but don't judge a pineapple by its cover. Choosing a pineapple and chopping it into chunks is much easier than it seems, and this fruit has the type of versatility to make it a welcome part of any meal of the day. Pineapple may be the most underrated fruit at your grocery store, and that needs to change. See what we mean when you add pineapple juice to a list of crowd-pleasing cocktails.
We found 11 drink recipes—10 cocktails, and one mocktail—that use pineapple juice as their star ingredient. From complex margaritas and colourful champagnes to a fruity sangria and an inventive punch, these delicious options prove that often-overlooked pineapples deserve a second look.
Pineapple Margarita Sparklers
If it were up to Tieghan Gerard from Half Baked Harvest, you wouldn't be serving up predictable champagne flutes during your New Year's Eve celebrations—you'd be passing these pineapple margarita sparklers out instead. "Muddle a generous amount of fresh pineapple with both lime and lemon juice, strain, add tequila and a good splash of Grand Marnier," she says. Then just add champagne and serve it up in chipotle chili salt-rimmed glasses. Don't forget to chill the mixture before serving, and also be sure to garnish each glass with fresh mint and pineapple slices, too.
Tip Before Drinking: "On a shallow plate, combine the salt and chili powder," Gerard notes. "Run a lime wedge around each glass and then rim the glasses in salt."
Pineapple Lime Beer Margaritas
Gerard is also creative when it comes to her choice of margaritas. For this twist on the classic cocktail from her blog Half Baked Harvest, she advises mixing in the combination of pineapple, lime, Mexican beer, and tequila. "I'm not sure if this all sounds kind of weird, but honestly this is one of the best drinks," she says. "It's light, not overly sweet, and super refreshing." Mix the liquids with agave nectar, salt the rims of your glassware, and serve with pineapple slices and lime wedges.
Tip Before Drinking: Gerard recommends a 12-pack of Pacifico or Negra Modelo for this recipe, as well as a silver tequila. "Add ice to each glass and pour the margaritas over the ice," she notes. "Then, top with beer."
Frozen Brunch Punch
In this brunch-ready recipe from Half Baked Harvest, Gerard mixes pineapple chunks with orange and lime juices, fresh ginger, Campari, and white rum. And if that doesn't seem decadent enough, she also recommends garnishing the drink with edible flowers, too. "I love finishing off my drinks with a couple of lime wedges and edible flowers, if I have them around, which these days, I always do," she writes.
Tip Before Drinking: "When ready to serve, transfer the drink to a blender," she says. "Add the pineapple chunks, ginger, and enough ice to come halfway up the blender. Pulse until smooth."
Pineapple Ginger Champagne Cocktail
Pineapple, lime, and ginger are also key ingredients in this fizzy recipe from Hello Glow, only in this instance, they're mixed with champagne and coconut water to create a drink that's festive and refreshing. Ana Stanciu recommends using a cocktail shaker to combine the lime and pineapple juices, ginger, and honey, and then filtering it all to remove the pulp. "Strain the liquid into serving glasses and top with champagne," she says.
Tip Before Drinking: "This recipe has the best taste if you use freshly juiced, ripe pineapple," Stanciu notes. "If you can't find fresh pineapple, you can use pasteurized juice, but the taste will be stronger and a bit unbalanced. You can solve the situation by adding a little extra lime juice."
Strawberry Pineapple Margaritas
Let's say that you're looking for a margarita with bold color and flavor. This option from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats is perfect since its use of frozen strawberries, pineapple juice, and lime juice creates an irresistible hue. And when those shades and flavors are mixed with Grand Marnier and silver tequila, then it really becomes a party. "Pour mixture into the glass, then fill with a lime wedge, pineapple wedge and crushed iced," she says. "Top it off with the pineapple juice and another lime."
Tip Before Drinking: "Rim a glass with a lime wedge and dip in the salt to coat," Merchant says. Flaked sea salt is best, too.
Tropical White Moscato Sangria
Patience is the hardest part about making this tropical sangria recipe from Food Faith Fitness, period. All of the other components—white Moscato, coconut water with pineapple, mango-flavored vodka, and slices of limes, a mango, and a pineapple—are simply tossed into a pitcher to combine for at least a couple of hours. "Feel free to try a pineapple vodka or coconut rum if that suits you better," Taylor Kiser says. "You just need to add some kind of hard liquor to add flavor and cut some of the Moscato sweetness!"
Tip Before Drinking: "Let it refrigerate for at least two hours, or up to overnight, to really get those island flavors to develop," Kiser writes.
Pineapple Hibiscus Margarita
Kate Ramos at Hola Jalapeño has yet another standout margarita recipe to try when you're seeking out inventive flavors, and this one uses pineapple purée, hibiscus syrup, pineapple gum syrup, and organic white tequila. "Combine tequila, pineapple puree, lime juice, and pineapple gum syrup with a scoop of ice in a cocktail shaker," Ramos says. "Shake vigorously until combined and the outside of the shaker is beaded with ice. Strain into the prepared glass."
Tip Before Drinking: "To make the pineapple puree, remove the peel and core from a ripe pineapple and cut into chunks," she writes. "Add the chunks to a blender and blend until smooth."
There are only six ingredients in this tasty mojito recipe from Melanie Makes, which the mixologist Melanie Bauer says can be created in minutes. "Fresh mint and limes are muddled together before being doused in pineapple juice, simple syrup, white rum and club soda," she notes. "It's served over ice and garnished with even more pineapple and mint."
Tip Before Drinking: "Please don't be the sucker that goes to the store to buy simple syrup!" she adds. "It's so incredibly easy and inexpensive to make at home. Simple syrup is equal amounts of sugar and water placed in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved completely."
Arugula Pineapple Daiquiri
How's arugula and pineapple for an unexpected cocktail combination? That's the case Salt and Wind is making with this recipe, which mixes those flavors with agave syrup, bitters, white rum, and lime juice for a complex finish. "Pineapple and arugula aren't really flavors I've ever thought of combining, never mind in a daiquiri," Aida Mollenkamp says. "But I was more than convinced when I tried it at SY Kitchen on my recent day trip to Santa Ynez and now it's the go-to unexpected drink I shake up for company."
Tip Before Drinking: "Place arugula in a cocktail shaker with simple syrup and lime juice and muddle until arugula is broken up," she says. "Add pineapple puree, rum, and ice."
Pineapple Mint Julep Margarita
Mollenkamp is equally out-of-the-box with this Salt and Wind recipe, and the results are just as satisfying. Silver tequila, lime juice, agave syrup, and mint leaves are combined with ice and served with a garnish of more pineapple and mint. It's "a margarita and julep hybrid" that makes it easy to enjoy these delicious flavors in one glass.
Tip Before Drinking: "Wrap a few handfuls of ice cubes in a clean towel or ice crusher bag and, using a mallet, rolling pin, or muddler, tap until all the ice is broken up and crushed," Mollenkamp writes. "You want a mix of ice sizes from pea-sized to snowlike."
Kiwi Pineapple Agua Fresca
All right, so there isn't any alcohol in this agua fresca recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats, but think of it as a bonus mocktail option after you've had your fill of the above drinks. Krista Rollins mixes fresh pineapple with whole, skinless kiwis in a blender with water, and then serves it up in a chilled pitcher. "It only has three ingredients and no refined sugar," she says. "It's literally just fresh kiwi, fresh pineapple, and water." Basically, it's the drink you need when you're looking to reset.
Tip Before Drinking: "Blend until all chunks are gone and the mixture turns into a smooth drinkable juice," she writes.
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