If there’s one fruit that evokes summer almost as much as watermelon, it’s pineapple. The fruit’s juicy flavor, prickly exterior, and tropical associations conjure up a beach filled with plenty of sunshine and surf. It’s taste is so immediately transportive that just one bite may have you feeling like you’re sunbathing on a private island.
If you’re anything like us, you can’t get enough of the stuff, especially if you can’t afford a trip to Hawaii. And one of our favorite ways to consume it is in drink form. Whether it’s just the juice or the pulp of the fruit itself, pineapple has the magical ability to elevate almost any spirit it’s added to. And believe it or not, its power extends far beyond piña coladas. While there’s nothing wrong with that particular drink, it can get a bit stale and predictable over time (much like the song that references them ad nauseam). If you’re looking for inspiration to up your cocktail game this summer, the drinks below will help you do just that. Get your tiki glasses ready and drink up!
Spiked Pineapple Agua Fresca
Agua Frescas traditionally consist of fruit puree blended with sugar and water. You can booze up this traditional Mexican beverage with a little white rum for a perfect summer buzz. Get our Spiked Pineapple Agua Fresca recipe.
This cocktail contains three different varieties of rum (dark, light, and 151-proof!) so it packs an especially potent punch. Pineapple and orange juices work to complement all that booze perfectly. Get our Grog Cocktail recipe.
This combination of liquids may not seem super intuitive, however, whiskey and vermouth are softened with pineapple juice, making for a sophisticatedly tart drink. Get our Algonquin recipe.
Grilled Pineapple Daiquiri
Grilled pineapple ups the flavor profile of a boring, old daiquiri, as it adds caramelized complexity to a classic cocktail. Be sure to check out our guide to grilling fruit for more pro tips as well. Get our Grilled Pineapple Daiquiri recipe.
Pineapple, rum, Kahlúa, and lemon juice come together to bring us the best of the Caribbean together in one glass. You might not be able to afford a cruise, but at least you can afford this drink. Get our Bahama Mama recipe.
Pineapple Moscow Mule
Pineapple juice gives this classic cocktail a well-needed summertime twist. Get the recipe.
Pineapple Party Punch
While this classic tiki cocktail is as strong as its name suggests, don’t be scared off. You can never go wrong with pineapple, coconut, and Navy rum. Get the recipe.
Pineapple and Vanilla Bean Martinis
Vanilla bean mellows out the pineapple and gives this martini an especially Tahitian flair. It may be more time-consuming making the syrup from scratch, but it’s definitely worth it to impress your friends. Get the recipe.