Since Colonial times, pineapples have been a symbol of hospitality. These convivial cocktails highlight the signature sweet flavor of the tropical fruit. Here are a dozen pineapple cocktails to help you get in the spirit of spring and summer.
E&O Kitchen and Bar, San Francisco, California
Say aloha to your new favorite Polynesian-inspired libation. A freshly carved pineapple contains Krakatoa Punch made with a flurry of tropical ingredients, including pineapple gomme, guava puree, and passion fruit puree. It’s powered by spiced rum and scotch. Make a reservation at E&O Kitchen and Bar.
China Poblano, Las Vegas, Nevada
Don’t confuse La Fresca with Fresca. Forged from mezcal and garnacha, it gets a sunny lift from pineapple juice, serrano peppers, cilantro, and lime juice. Fresh, indeed! Make a reservation at China Poblano.
Makoto, Bal Harbour, Florida
This grilled pineapple margarita is the perfect cure-all for Miami’s heat and humidity. Featuring pineapple-infused tequila, it gets a kick from its spiced salt rim. Bet you can’t drink just one! Make a reservation at Makoto.
Jimmy at The James, New York, New York
Brugal rum powers this Cuban-minded cocktail. The grilled pineapple mojito is filled out with pineapple juice, fresh mint, and plenty of lime. All that’s missing is a beach and a breeze. Make a reservation at Jimmy at The James.
Rouge Tomate, New York, New York
The Pineapple Pachona has an Indian inflection. The Subcontinental sensibility comes courtesy of coriander syrup and pineapple curry featuring lemongrass, kaffir, basil, cilantro, fennel seeds, mint, and pepper. Watch out, there’s some serrano pepper powder in the mix to provide a hit of heat. Make a reservation at Rouge Tomate.
The Skylark NYC, New York, New York
Say hola to the Borracho Amigo (drunk friend). It’s double dosed with mezcal and tequila to ensure you get borracho yourself. Pineapple, lime, and agave add a sweet ‘n’ tangy edge. Make a reservation at The Skylark NYC.
Alexander’s Steakhouse, San Francisco, California
The Roasted Pineapple gets it name from, erm, well, roasted pineapple. Charred rosemary, orgeat, and fresh lime juice give it a complex flavor profile. A dark rum float gets the party started right away. Make a reservation at Alexander’s Steakhouse.
Sable Kitchen & Bar, Chicago, Illinois
An herbal, tropical punch with an unexpected hint of chocolate, the Colchester is an epic proposition serving two to four partygoers. Pineapple juice and spiced pineapple syrup play nicely with rum, crème de cacao, green chartreuse, and Underberg. It comes garnished with tchotchkes galore: paper umbrellas, plastic mermaids, pineapple leaves, and more. Make a reservation at Sable Kitchen & Bar.
Bergerac, San Francisco, California
Oh, oh, oh, it’s magic, you know. The Sleight of Hand features roasted pineapple-infused tequila, yellow chartreuse, habanero agave, and lemon. It’ll disappear quickly so you might want to order two. Make a reservation at Bergerac.
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, Livermore, California
Get ready to be floored by the Knockout. Featuring fresh pineapple, it’s powered by orange-flavored vodka and the vineyards’ own Riverbank Riesling. Arriving in a martini glass, there’s a sugared rim to add a smack of sweetness. Make a reservation at the Restaurant at Wente Vineyards.
Henley, Nashville, Tennessee
Pineapple gomme and barrel-aged pineapple shrub are the drivers of the Better With Age. Filled out with lime juice, rum, and Angostura bitters, it’s a triumphant taste of tropicalia. Best of all, it’s a zero-waste cocktail since it uses every part of the pineapple. Make a reservation at Henley.
Cosmos, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Boasting a brisk acidity and a calming coolness, the Roasted Pineapple Mojito is just what you need on hot day. Roasted pineapple is combined with silver rum, lime, mint, and bitters. Refreshing! Make a reservation at Cosmos.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credit: @FOHNYC (Jimmy at The James).