Pineapple Crush Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:~14

Created by

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 16, 2024


The Pineapple Crush cocktail is a vibrant and tropical concoction that has gained popularity in beachside resorts and summer gatherings. Its origins are a bit of a mystery, but it's believed to have been inspired by the classic Pina Colada.

  • Who Would Enjoy It?
    • Fans of fruity, tropical drinks.
    • Those who enjoy a refreshing cocktail on a hot day.
    • People looking for a simple yet delicious drink to make at home.

How Pineapple Crush Tastes?

Pineapple Crush is a sweet and tangy cocktail with a robust pineapple flavor complemented by the citrus notes of orange liqueur. It's a strong yet refreshing drink with a smooth texture.

Interesting facts about Pineapple Crush

  • Pineapple is not only tasty but also contains bromelain, an enzyme that can aid digestion.
  • Vodka's neutral taste makes it an excellent base for cocktails as it allows the flavors of other ingredients to shine through.
  • Orange liqueur adds a zesty sweetness that balances the tartness of the pineapple.


A few good options for Pineapple Crush are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Pineapple chunks

The star of the show! *Pineapple chunks provide that signature tropical taste and some sweet, tangy juiciness. Go scant and you might miss the party, too generous and it's a fruit salad in a glass. Imagine skipping it -- that's not a crush, that's just plain sad.*

Mary Mitkina

Pineapple juice

It's like inviting more friends to the pineapple party for a real tropical bash. Just 1.5 oz, or it’ll turn from a cocktail to a juice box – keep it cool, keep it boozy.

Emma Rose


The backbone of many cocktails, *vodka is here to give a kick without stealing the show. Too little, and you've got a mocktail; too much, and it's a college throwback. Want to swap? Try white rum for a Pineapple Mojito twist!*

Alex Green

Orange liqueur

This gives a little citrus complexity and sweetness. Without it, the cocktail's like a beach without sun — still nice, but missing that sparkle. Overdo it and you're signaling lifeguards with your cocktail.

Mary Mitkina


Like a cool ocean breeze, *ice keeps everything chill. No ice? You’ll be sipping on a warm tropical mess. Just the right amount keeps it cool without watering down the fun.*

Emma Rose

Optional garnish (flower and herb)

It's the final tropical touch! Dress up your drink with a flirty flower and an aromatic herb. Drop the garnish, and you'll drop the exotic vibe. Go minimal or go wild — it's your beach party!

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Pineapple Crush Drink

  1. Muddle 3 large pineapple chunks in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice to the shaker.
  3. Pour in 1.5 ounces of pineapple juice, 1 ounce of vodka, and 1 ounce of orange liqueur.
  4. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
  5. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.
  6. Garnish with a tropical flower and a sprig of mint or rosemary, if desired.

Pro Tips

  • For an extra aromatic experience, lightly slap the herb garnish between your hands before adding it to the drink to release its essential oils.
  • Chill the glass beforehand to keep your Pineapple Crush cooler for longer.
  • If you prefer a less sweet drink, reduce the amount of orange liqueur slightly.

Perfect Pairings


Freshness in each sip of the Pineapple Crush cocktail pairs splendidly with the delicate flavors of seafood. Think of shrimp cocktails or a nice ceviche.### Spicy Foods The sweet and citrusy notes will balance out the heat, making dishes like Thai spicy chicken or tacos al pastor the perfect companions.### Desserts If you're in a sweet mood, try this cocktail alongside a slice of coconut cake or key lime pie to enjoy a tropical dessert experience.

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What you could change in Pineapple Crush

  • Vodka: You can substitute with white rum for a more Caribbean twist.
  • Orange Liqueur: Triple sec or Cointreau can be used interchangeably.
  • Pineapple Juice: Fresh is best, but canned juice can work in a pinch.

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Mango Crush

Swap out pineapple for mango and you're in a whole new tropic zone. The mango offers a creamier texture and a deeper sweetness. Add a bit of chili powder on the rim, and it’s a spicy mango dance! ### Berry Pineapple Fusion Mix it up by adding a handful of muddled raspberries. Not only does it add a pop of color, but it also brings a tart berry melody to the tropical rhythm of the pineapple.### Coconut Pineapple Dream Switch out the vodka for coconut rum, and you might as well be sipping this on a hammock. The creamy coconut flavor makes for a dreamier, dessert-like version of the original.

In case you forgot basics how to make Pineapple Crush

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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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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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 Crush

What type of glass is best for serving the Pineapple Crush cocktail?

A highball glass or a hurricane glass is ideal for serving the Pineapple Crush to enhance its tropical presentation.

Can I use crushed ice instead of ice cubes for the Pineapple Crush cocktail?

Yes, crushed ice can be used and will create a more slush-like consistency, which can be very refreshing.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version, often called a Pineapple Crush mocktail, by omitting the vodka and orange liqueur and replacing them with additional pineapple juice and a splash of lemon or lime soda.

How can I make the Pineapple Crush if I don't have a cocktail shaker?

You can use a large jar with a tight-fitting lid or stir the ingredients vigorously in a mixing glass with a long spoon.

What food pairings work best for a cocktail party featuring the Pineapple Crush?

In addition to seafood and spicy foods, light appetizers like cheese platters, fruit skewers, or spring rolls pair well with the Pineapple Crush.

How long does it take to make a Pineapple Crush cocktail?

It typically takes about 5 minutes or less to prepare the Pineapple Crush, making it an ideal choice for quick serving.

Can Pineapple Crush be made in large batches for parties?

Yes, you can mix the pineapple juice, vodka, and orange liqueur in large quantities ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Add fresh ice and garnishes when serving.

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