November 1, 2021
Close your eyes and imagine a soft breeze in your hair, gentle waves lapping at the shore of a peaceful sea, and a cold refreshing drink in your hand.
Now, open your eyes and get ready because it’s time to make this tropical dream a reality with six refreshing pineapple cocktails that will help you sail away on a relaxing voyage.
We won’t sugar coat it: most pineapple juice cocktails are sweet. After all, the nectar of this fruit is syrupy, and most of these drinks contain coconut creams or berry liqueurs. These drinks still pack a punch, so don’t let their sweetness fool you.
Be sure to enjoy these cocktail recipes with some tropical appetizers to soak up the booze. We recommend dishes like coconut shrimp, citrusy ceviche, or even rich guacamole with tortilla chips–pretty much anything that goes with the island vibe you’re trying to create.
1. Singapore Sling
Earn the title of best at-home bartender with this complex, eight-ingredient drink. When we say complex, we’re referring to the flavors, not to the process of making the drink. All you have to do is measure and shake. To make this pineapple gin cocktail, combine 1 ounce of gin, one-half ounce of cherry liqueur (cherry brandy), one-quarter ounce of Cointreau, one-quarter ounce of Benedictine, one-half ounce of grenadine, 4 ounces of pineapple juice, one-half ounce of fresh lime juice, and one dash Angostura bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a highball glass. Garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge, cherry, or other visually appealing fruit.
2. Bahama Mama
Can’t take a tropical vacation? This rum and pineapple juice combo will have you feeling like you’re sitting on the beach with the warm, crystalline waters of the Bahamas running over your toes. In a cocktail strainer, combine 2 ounces of orange juice, 1 ounce of pineapple juice, 1 ounce of dark rum, one-half ounce of coconut rum, one-half ounce of lime juice, and a dash of grenadine with plenty of ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass over more ice and garnish with a pineapple wedge and Maraschino cherries. If you want to intensify the pineapple flavor, try making this drink with Malibu pineapple rum in place of the dark rum. If you’re feeling extra festive, serve the drink in a hollowed-out pineapple instead of a glass.
3. Piña Colada
Piña Coladas are refreshing, creamy, and sweet–part cocktail, part dessert, and one of the most famous pineapple juice alcoholic drinks. Impress your friends with the best pina colada ever by learning the following trick. Freeze cubes of pineapple ahead of time to take the place of ice cubes in the recipe, making this frozen cocktail wonderfully fruity instead of watery.
When you’re ready to make your Piña Coladas, add the pre-frozen pineapple chunks, 6 ounces of sweet coconut cream (such as Coco López), 2 ounces of unsweetened coconut milk, 8 ounces of white rum, and 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice to a high-speed blender and liquify. Pour the mixture into hurricane glasses and top each drink with a splash of dark rum. Then, garnish with pineapple wedges, lime slices, and Maraschino cherries.
4. Pineapple Margarita
Make this classic cocktail with pineapple juice for an unexpected, tropical twist. To stir up a party-sized batch, combine 3 cups of pineapple juice, 1 ¾ cups of orange juice, 2 ounces of fresh lime juice, 1 cup of triple sec, and 1 cup of tequila (preferably blanco or reposado and mild in flavor). Line the rim of your serving glasses with simple syrup or a touch of lime juice (you can do this by rubbing a lime wedge around the edge), then dip in coarse sea salt. Serve this tropical drink on the rocks with a fresh pineapple wedge as garnish. A paper umbrella also goes quite well with the aesthetic. Want to spice things up? Add a few thinly sliced rounds of fresh jalapeño pepper into the mix.
5. Pineapple Mimosa
Do you ever wake up the morning after a big party with leftover mixers on the bar asking, “What can I mix with pineapple juice?” The answer is always mimosas, and pineapple mimosas are no exception. You can make a variation of this brunch favorite simply by mixing equal parts champagne (or prosecco) and pineapple juice. You can also replace 1 ounce of pineapple juice with unsweetened coconut milk. Here’s hoping that coconut milk has the same hydrating qualities as coconut water to help with that hangover.
6. French Martini
What’s the difference between a regular martini and a French martini? The answer is Chambord, a raspberry liqueur, which explains why a cocktail with pineapple juice and vodka is pink in color. This classy drink only requires three ingredients: 1 ½ ounces of vodka, three-quarter ounces of Chambord liqueur, and 2 ounces of pineapple juice. Shake the vodka, pineapple juice, and ice vigorously until frothy. Then, strain into a martini glass, garnish with a pineapple wedge or speared berries and enjoy.
Try your hand at tropical cocktail-making this weekend. Order coconut cream, pineapple juice, and liqueurs from Gopuff while you set up the bar, and by the time you’re finished, your order will be at your door.