We are approaching peak pineapple. For the past several years, the classic symbol of hospitality has popped up on clothing, golden cocktail shakers, wallpaper, houses under the sea… The general rule seems to be that if you wear it or decorate with it, there’s probably a pineapple version of it.
Design trends come and go, but there’s one way to use pineapple that we will never tire of: pineapple cocktails. Fresh pineapple juice can be whipped into a froth similar to egg whites, and its fruity acidity adds verve and backbone to a drink. Classic pineapple cocktails include Piña Coladas and Blue Hawaiians, while contemporary iterations span updated tiki fare, complex drinks featuring Italian amaro, and so much more. As we approach the end of summer, here are nine of our favorite ways to drink our latest obsession.
The Pineapple Daiquiri
Some of our favorite cocktails are those that riff on classics. The Pineapple Daiquiri is an easy-drinking update that will have you feeling like you’re on the islands in no time.
The Venetian Sunrise
The Pineapple Moscow Mule
The classic Moscow Mule is one of the best autumn drinks out there. Make it a Pineapple Moscow Mule, and you’ve got everything you could ever want for the transition from summer to winter (or winter to spring, or spring to summer, or pretty much whenever).
The Lemon Meringue Sour
Dessert is a dish best served in a cocktail glass. The Lemon Meringue Sour cocktail is light and fluffy like meringue, yet tart and refreshing thanks to fresh lemon and pineapple juice.
The Pineapple Limeade Margarita
The Autumn in the Tropics
Just because a drink has pineapple juice doesn’t mean that it has to be entirely filled with tropical ingredients. The Autumn in the Tropics puts a Northeastern twist on tiki that you don’t want to miss.
The Pineapple Negroni
The classic Negroni, comprised of equal pours of just three ingredients, has won the hearts of cocktail enthusiasts everywhere, spawning countless products and its own weeklong celebration. So why not make that three-part mainstay into a four-part Pineapple Negroni by adding equal part pineapple juice?
The Pineapple Sunrise Sour
You’ve likely heard of a Tequila Sunrise, but have you ever experienced a pineapple cherry sunrise? The Pineapple Sunrise Sour is a deliciously foamy cocktail with bright colors and an even lovelier taste.
The Pineapple Mezcal Sour
Pineapple and mezcal are two flavors that are meant to be together. The Pineapple Mezcal Sour is a mix of mezcal, pineapple, agave syrup, lime juice, and egg white. It tastes just as good as it looks.