Pineapple Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Pineapple Cocktail has a tropical origin, with its roots in the Caribbean and South America. It is a popular choice among those who enjoy fruity, refreshing drinks. The combination of pineapple and rum pays homage to the history of Caribbean pirates and their love for tropical fruits and spirits.

  • Origin: Caribbean and South America
  • Popular among tropical fruit lovers
  • Inspired by the history of Caribbean pirates

How Pineapple Tastes?

The Pineapple Cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet, tangy, and refreshing flavors. The pineapple juice provides a natural sweetness, while the lime juice adds a zesty citrus kick. The rum adds a subtle warmth and depth to the drink, making it a well-rounded and satisfying cocktail.

Interesting facts about Pineapple

  • Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality and were often used as a centerpiece at parties in colonial America
  • The Pineapple Cocktail is sometimes called a 'Pineapple Daiquiri' due to its similarities with the classic Daiquiri
  • Pineapple juice is a natural tenderizer, making it a popular ingredient in marinades and sauces


  • White rum: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Pineapple juice: 4 oz(120ml)
  • Fresh lime juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Garnish: Pineapple Wedge
  • Maraschino cherry:

White Rum

White rum is the spirit base of this cocktail and provides a smooth, slightly sweet backdrop that doesn't overpower the tropical flavors. If you increase the rum, the drink becomes more alcoholic and robust, while less would make it too mellow. No rum, no party.

Mary Mitkina

Pineapple Juice

This is the star of the show! Pineapple juice brings that tropical sweetness and tang that defines the cocktail. Less juice makes a stiffer drink, more makes it too sweet and dilutes the rum. It's a fine balance, like walking a tightrope in a luau skirt.

Alex Green

Fresh Lime Juice

Fresh lime juice is a clutch player, adding acidity and brightness. It cuts through the sweetness of the pineapple and gives the drink some edge. Skip it, and the cocktail is like a beach without sun — still good but missing a sparkle.

Emma Rose

Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is the sweetener to ensure the drink has balance. Too much, and you're in candy land; too little, and you might pucker up like you've kissed a lemon. It's like the rhythm section of a band — not always noticed, but always needed.

Mary Mitkina

Garnish: Pineapple Wedge, Maraschino Cherry

They're the cherry on top — quite literally for the cherry. They add a visual and edible treat to the sensory experience. Without them, it's like a joke without a punchline; the fun's still there, but it's not the same.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Pineapple Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add the white rum, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry

Pro Tips

  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool longer
  • Use fresh pineapple juice for a more vibrant flavor
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to properly mix the ingredients

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The bright, acidic nature of the pineapple and lime juice in the cocktail complements the smoky flavors of grilled shrimp or fish well.
  • Spicy Dishes: A spicy Thai or Indian curry can be balanced out nicely by the sweet and tart profile of the Pineapple cocktail.
  • BBQ: The cocktail's tropical vibe works exceptionally well with sweet and savory BBQ dishes.
  • Cheese Platters: Specifically, a cheese platter featuring creamy cheeses like brie or camembert can go nicely with this fruity drink.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips of the cocktail.
  • Iced Tea: A non-alcoholic option that complements the tropical notes of the Pineapple cocktail.

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What you could change in Pineapple

  • White Rum: Can be replaced with Dark Rum for a deeper flavor
  • Simple Syrup: Can be replaced with Honey for a natural sweetener
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Can be replaced with Lemon Juice for a different citrus twist

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Spicy Pineapple Cocktail

  • Ingredients: Add a small slice of jalapeño during the shaking process.
  • Recipe: Same as the original but include the jalapeño slice with the ice when shaking.
  • This will add a spicy kick that contrasts the sweet and punchy flavors, offering an adventurous variant.

Coconut Pineapple Cocktail

  • Ingredients: Replace 1 oz of white rum with coconut rum.
  • Recipe: Use coconut rum instead of white rum for this twist.
  • The substitution infuses the cocktail with a creamy coconut flavor, turning it into a tropical delight that's reminiscent of a beach vacation.

Frozen Pineapple Daiquiri

  • Ingredients: Use frozen pineapple chunks instead of pineapple juice, add 1 cup of ice, and blend until smooth.
  • Recipe: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until you achieve a frozen slushy texture.
  • This frosty version turns the cocktail into a refreshing slush, perfect for sipping on a scorching hot day.

In case you forgot basics how to make Pineapple

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Pineapple

What other garnishes can I put on my Pineapple Cocktail?

A sprig of fresh mint, a wheel of lime, or a couple of pineapple leaves could make great garnishes on a Pineapple Cocktail.

What is the difference between white and dark rum?

White rum and dark rum are both made from sugarcane. However, white rum is aged for a shorter period of time, often in stainless steel barrels, giving it a lighter, more crisp flavor. Dark rum is aged longer, in heavily charred barrels, which gives it a richer, sweeter, and more complex flavor.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Pineapple Cocktail?

You can absolutely make a non-alcoholic version of the Pineapple Cocktail. Just skip the rum and add additional pineapple juice or some sparkling water for a bit of fizz.

What type of glass is typically used to serve a Pineapple Cocktail?

Pineapple Cocktails are typically served in a chilled coupe or martini glass, but can also be served in a highball or hurricane glass if you prefer.

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