While most tiki drinks are rum-based, you will find a couple with gin. The complexity of tropical drinks can sometime overpower gin. But, when balanced correctly, they’re a real treat. I also love using pineapple in different ways in cocktails. Recently, I was experimenting with some new flavors and found something I think works multiple ways. This pineapple gin cocktail can be made hot, frozen, or on ice. Make one and let me know what you think!
Before you get started on making this drink, juice a fresh pineapple. While it’s perfectly acceptable to use pre-made juice, fresh just gives the cocktail a boost. If you have a juicer, use that. Or to juice a pineapple, follow these steps:
- Twist off the top of your pineapple. Save the leaves for garnish.
- Cut the peel away from the fruit.
- Slice the fruit into large chunks.
- Add to a blender and blend well.
- Strain through a cheesecloth, coffee filter, or a mesh strainer.
- Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
A Pineapple Gin Cocktail for All Seasons
Have you ever tried your favorite cocktail in more than one way? Most people have had a margarita frozen or on the rocks, but hot!? This cocktail is delicious at any temperature or consistency. The hot version is like a hot toddy. I blended my frozen version very well so it was more ice cold than frozen. The best part is this works all ways.
In all formats, it’s bright and complex. The cedar gin in particular plays with the pineapple flavors so well. If you don’t have any cedar gin, I have a post on how to make your own. And the hint of bitter from the Suze is just the cherry on top. Pick your favorite way and dive in!
Pineapple Gin Cocktail 3 Ways
- 2 oz fresh pineapple juice
- 1.5 oz cedar gin
- 0.25 oz Suze
- 0.25 oz simple syrup
- On the rocks: Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake 20 seconds and strain over ice.
- Frozen: Add all ingredients to a blender with 4-6 ice cubes. Blend to your desired consistency and garnish with a pineapple frond.
- Hot: Add all ingredients to a microwave safe glass or mug. Add 1-2 oz of water, cover, and microwave for 30 seconds.
If you like the pineapple gin cocktail, you will probably love these other gin drinks.