Pineapples are one of those fruits that easily transport you to a faraway tropical retreat when eating them, or sipping on some pineapple juice cocktails. Pineapple chunks are a treat to eat whenever they are in season and sweet pineapple juice does well as a replacement for their distinctive taste.
Pineapple juice can be enjoyed as is, but it can also easily be made into a delicious cocktail with a tropical twist, knowing how to make pineapple juice cocktails will be your new best party trick.
Benefits of Pineapple Juice
Pineapple is a natural immune booster and inflammation fighter when ingested.
Some of the benefits include:
- blood pressure
- improve sight
- protect your body against cancer
Alcohols That Mix Well With Pineapple Juice
Most alcohols work well in cocktails containing pineapple flavors. From dry vermouth, all the way to coconut rum and most alcohols in between, pineapple seems to pair well with almost any alcohol – it even pairs well with white wine.
Flavors That Go Well With Pineapple Juice
The taste of tangy pineapple goes well with most other fruity flavors, even creamy additions like cream of coconut. Citrus juices including good old lemon juice and fresh lime juice is like pineapple juice’s salt.
Pairing it with sweet alcohols or mixers such as cranberry juice or dark rum works perfectly as well. Pineapple is a very versatile in most mixed drinks, why not experiment with it on your own?
Pineapple Juice Cocktails
There’s no better way to embrace the tropical flavors pineapple offers than by creating a range of pineapple juice cocktails.
1. Classic Piña Colada
An iconic blend of coconut milk, white rum, and pineapple that will not disappoint any party-goer. You can enjoy this cocktail shaken, stirred, or frozen according to the recipe by SpruceEats.
2. Bahama Mama
A recipe that originated somewhere in the 1950s is still as great and delicious today. SpruceEats shows you how to blend some dark rum, coconut liqueurs, coffee liqueurs, and of course pineapple juice into this strong but tasty cocktail called a Bahama mama.
3. Malibu Sunset
What do you get when you gently layer Malibu rum, pineapple juice, and grenadine together topped off with maraschino cherries? A beautiful and tasty version of the famous cocktail by AverieCooks.
4. Tequila Sunrise
The writers from over at Sugar Spice and Glitter show us how you can incorporate some pineapple juice into the standard recipe for tequila sunrise for that extra bit of a tropical taste.
5. Pineapple Screwdriver
Go half on your orange juice, and supplement it with half pineapple juice to make a pineapple screwdriver, Miss In The Kitchen shows you how easy it is, and beware – it is dangerously good.
6. Pineapple Rum Punch
Surely this recipe by Deliciously Sprinkled has to be considered healthy since it mixes 3 different fruit juices together, right? It’s a great recipe to make in bulk for your next summer cookout.
7. Pineapple Mojito
Monin shows us how to make a refreshing mojito with a pineapple twist. Simply omit some of your club soda from your regular mojito and replace it with some fresh pineapple juice and try adding some honey syrup instead of simple syrup. Delicious.
8. Frozen Pineapple Margarita
What is better than a normally frozen margarita? A margarita with a hint of pineapple flavor. Just as easy to make as a standard margarita, A Saucy Kitchen shows you how to make it with some frozen pineapple variation to it.
9. French Martini
Difford’s Guide teaches you exactly how to make the famous 1950s shaken cocktail called the french martini. It consists of vodka, raspberry liqueur, and pineapple juice shaken over ice and garnished with a pineapple wedge.
10. Jungle Bird
It is said that this cocktail was served in a bird-shaped vessel as a welcome drink to guests of the Kuala Lumpur Hilton but was forgotten for many years before reappearing on New York Bar Menus.
Liquor.com has safely kept the recipe for you to use whenever you want to escape the long day with this vacation drink.
11. Bay Breeze
Liquor.com shows you how easy the blend of a sea breeze and vodka-cranberry drink can be transformed into a similar drink called a bay breeze, at home. They’ve just added some pineapple juice to make this great drink dance on your taste buds.
12. Painkiller Cocktail
Quite similar to a pina colada, this recipe by The Spruce Eats calls for dark or aged rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, orange juice and topped with some grated nutmeg.
The main difference between the two pineapple juice cocktails is the choice of rum and the addition of orange juice.
13. Pineapple White Wine Sangria
The Spruce Eats recommends you use a dry white wine when making this great drink. Among its ingredients are some fresh pineapple, ginger ale, and fresh citrus fruits.
It’s best to make this recipe the night before for the best flavor infusion.
14. Pineapple Bourbon Lemonade
You will want to make this cocktail in a pitcher instead of a single serving since it is addictively delicious. Mantitlement’s recipe calls for bourbon, lemonade, and pineapple juice to be mixed together.
15. Rodriguez Sour
Very similar to a shaken margarita, the base of this cocktail is made with tequila, lime, and simple syrup. Liquor.com shows you how to make this spicy cocktail by adding some jalapeño syrup and pineapple juice to the mixture of lime and tequila.
This drink will have you drooling for more.
16. Surfer On Acid
Whether you have encountered this drink as a shot, a cocktail, or even if you haven’t encountered it at all yet, it is more appetizing than its name makes it out to be. It is a blend of coconut rum, pineapple juice, and the German amaro, Jagermeister.
Liquor.com shows us how to get the perfect blend of these ingredients.
17. Yaka Hula Hickey Dula
A tongue twister and a taste bud twister all in one, this refreshingly dry cocktail is a great option for someone who might like a drink that is a bit drier. The drink is inspired by the Hawaiian song of the same name, and The Spruce Eats shows us how to make this unique recipe.
18. Algonquin Cocktail
Served in a chilled Coupe Glass, this classy cocktail recipe is supplied by Difford’s Guide and is a blend of rye whiskey, dry vermouth, and pineapple juice shaken over ice and topped with an optional splash of bitters.
19. Singapore Sling
This boozy drink is made with Gin, Triple sec, Cherry brandy, and pineapple juice among its ingredients, Difford’s Guide shows you Dale DeGroff’s recipe and promises a balanced and complex drink.
20. Park Avenue Cocktail
Orange liqueur, sweet vermouth, and pineapple juice make up the bulk of this cocktail. The Spruce Eats shows you how to make it in less than 5 minutes so you can enjoy this as a lovely sundowner.
21. Million Dollar Cocktail
A classic cocktail made with egg whites, grenadine, sweet vermouth, and pineapple juice. The Cocktail Party shows you how to make it, and if you don’t like eggs, they recommend aquafaba as an alternative.
22. Spicy Pineapple Shandy
If you aren’t feeling like having a plain beer or Pina Coladas, try this spicy-sweet drink made with beer instead. The Spruce Eats has an easy-to-follow recipe so you’ll have no trouble making this drink next time you’re trying something new at your summer barbecues.
23. Key Lime Pie Martini
Just as delightfully decadent as the original dessert, this drink will take up much less time than trying to make an actual key lime pie. Amanda’s Cookin shows you how to make this drink in no time.
If you’re craving a delicious fruity drink and champagne but you don’t feel like a mimosa, then a flirtini is the drink for you. The recipe can be found on Tablespoon and takes only a few minutes to prepare.
25. Hawaiian Iced Tea
The Spruce Eats shows you how to take all the ingredients in a typical long island ice tea, such as vodka, sour mix, light rum, and triple sec, and convert it into a tropical boozy iced tea. Just swap out the cola for some pineapple juice and you’re ready to go.
26. Pineapple Chili Margarita
The Food Network has a very simple recipe for the chili salt mixture for the rim of your glass and the pineapple margarita itself.
This margarita is shaken, but if you’d like, you can add ice and blend it with the ingredients to create a frozen version instead.
27. Hawaiian Martini
If you need an excuse to use your cocktail shaker, try your hand at this easy recipe from Crazy for Crust. Choose whether you want to add vodka or gin to this delicious pineapple juice cocktail.
28. Mary Pickford Cocktail
A delightful blend of maraschino liqueur, white rum, pineapple juice, and a splash of grenadine is preset in this fruity cocktail. A Couple Cooks shows you exactly how to make it and explains why you can’t use the maraschino cherry liquid from a jar as a replacement for the liqueur.
29. Tamarind Pineapple Margarita
It’s unclear if the cinnamon sugar rim makes it more of a summer drink or more of a winter drink, but either way, The Spruce Eats might just have your new favorite recipe for a margarita cocktail.
30. Pearl Harbor
Named after the famous naval base in Hawaii, this drink captures a true tropical spirit. Liquor.com‘s recipe features melon liqueur, pineapple juice, and a splash of vodka. Garnish with a wedge of sweet pineapple and you’re ready to go.
31. Pineapple Rum Punch Mimosa
If a classic mimosa using orange juice and champagne doesn’t satisfy your craving for a fruity drink, try this recipe for a pineapple rum punch mimosa from Lemonsforlulu, and you will not regret it.
32. Centennial Punch
Centennial punch is a great drink to make if you have lots of guests. BlackTail NYC shows you how to make it, and it is easier than you might think. Just keep in mind that you will have to wait 24 hours for the fresh fruit to infuse into the mix.
33. Pineapple and Sage Gimlet
You can make this drink as a single serving or easily make a few servings for a party, The Spruce Eats takes an ordinary Gin cocktail and elevates it into a tropical drink in a few easy steps.
34. Wedding Cake Cocktail
You don’t need to be at a wedding to enjoy this creamy cocktail and The Spruce Eats shows you how to make it in only a few minutes so you can satisfy your cravings quickly and easily.
35. Whipped Sunset
There is no whipped cream in this drink if you choose to not garnish it with real whipped cream, instead, this recipe by Food.com uses whipped cream flavored vodka to make this ultra dreamy cocktail.
36. Bahamas Daquiri
Take a trip to the beautiful Bahamas with this drink by Difford’s Guide. The tangy edge of the coffee liqueur and the sweetness of 2 types of rum mixed together along with pineapple juice is a match made in heaven.
37. Vampire’s Kiss
Although many versions of this drink don’t call for pineapple juice or fruits, this version by The Spruce Eats does and promises an entertaining effect when grenadine is poured over the top of the drink.
38. Batida Rosa
A very simple and refreshing drink made from lemon juice, grenadine, pineapple juice and Cachaça is set out step by step in this recipe from Difford’s Guide.
39. Champagne Piña Colada
If you would like a touch of elegance in your classic pineapple cocktail, then this recipe by Difford’s Guide will surely take care of that. It’s sweet, light, and full of flavor.
40. Chartreuse Swizzle
Paul Clarke has outdone himself with this basic but brilliant recipe, by incorporating Chartreuse into one of these very easy-to-make pineapple juice cocktails.
41. Club Cocktail
If you’ve been dying to put a coupe glass to use, Difford’s Guide shows you how to make their own recipe using luxurious ingredients, and results in one of the best pineapple juice cocktails known to humankind.
42. East India No.2
Bitters play a crucial role in this recipe by Difford’s Guide as well as a double dose of pineapple by using pineapple juice and pineapple syrup.
43. Kingston Club
Blossom to Stem shows you how to make this intricate drink that will be well worth your while. It features some Fernet Branca, lemon or lime juice, and Drambuie amongst its list of ingredients.
44. Pisco Punch
Paul Clarke supplies you with a very simple recipe to make the famous pisco punch. It does require soaking pineapple in Gomme syrup overnight, it will be well worth it though.
45. Pyramid Punch
Pisco, Elderflower, and notes of clove all make up some of the complex flavor profiles of this pineapple cocktail. It is broken down into simple steps by Difford’s Guide so you can try your hand at this delicious cocktail, yourself.
How to Make Piña Colada
‘Pineapple cocktail’ is synonymous with one of the best pineapple-based drinks, the Piña Colada. This classic cocktail is always a treat on a beach vacation or if you would like to pretend you are on a tropical retreat from the comfort of your own home.
Measure out all your ingredients, pouring them into your blender as you go:
- 4 ounce pineapple juice
- 2 ounce white or light rum
- 2 ounce coconut cream
- handful of ice
Pulse all your ingredients together in your blender until smooth. If your mixture is too runny, add more ice and blend again.
How to Make Blue Hawaiian
Blue Hawaiian is what comes to mind when you think of a cocktail made with blue curaçao. The pineapple juice and curaçao are a great match in this drink and will leave you wanting more.
Measure out all your ingredients, and pour them into the shaker. Add ice only after adding all the liquid ingredients:
- 3/4 ounce vodka
- 3/4 ounce light rum
- 1/2 ounce blue curaçao
- 3 ounce pineapple juice
- 1 ounce sweet and sour mix
Shake over ice in a cocktail shaker, and strain once cold into a glass with fresh ice.
Garnish with maraschino cherries or a slice of pineapple.
How to Cut a Pineapple for Cocktail Garnish
Adding a wedge of pineapple to a tropical cocktail has become almost as traditional as adding a mini umbrella to it. It’s quite easy to cut the pineapple into wedges, but if you’re unsure, here’s how:
Using a sharp knife and clean cutting board, cut off the bottom and top off of your pineapple, about 1/2 an inch on each side will do.
No need to cut the skin off the pineapple.
Position your pineapple on one of the flat sides you’ve just cut, and cut it length-wise (down) into quarters.
Notice the core that is slightly darker in the middle strip, opposite to the skin, of each quarter you’ve cut. Gently cut this from the quarter.
Only the soft part of the pineapple should remain & the skin.
Cut the long strip of pineapple quarters into 1/4 inch slices. Add a small slit on the side opposite to the skin, perpendicular to the skin for easy placement on the rim of your cocktail glass.
Pineapple Juice Cocktails FAQs
Why Is Pineapple So Good With Alcohol?
It is believed that the tangy-sweetness of pineapple makes it so versatile to be mixed with most types of alcohol. Whether you’re opting for plain vodka or an aged bourbon, the sweetness and tanginess at the same time make it a winning partner to alcohol, most of the time.
What Is the Healthiest Pineapple Juice Cocktail?
Pineapple juice already has quite a bit of sugar in it, so a simple cocktail such as vodka and pineapple juice, with an optional splash of soda is most likely the healthiest option.
Avoid mixing high sugar alcohol and mixers such as rum or beer with pineapple juice if you’re trying to lose or maintain some weight.
What Does Pineapple Rum Go With?
Pineapple rum is flavored with pineapple already, so pair it with cream of coconut, lemonade, mint, or plain soda for a great tropical treat.
Pineapple rum matches well with citrus and tart juices, including lime juice and grapefruit juice.
So next time you’re trying to make pineapple drinks, try mixing it with a tangy or tart mixer and see what you can come up with.
Pineapple Juice Cocktails Conclusion
Pineapple juice cocktails stretch far beyond coconut rum mixed with pineapple and cranberry juices, it can be quite a complex drink and surprise your taste buds. Since pineapple juice is already tart yet sweet at the same time, you can truly create stunning drinks with little to no effort and time.