The Pineapple Express Punch is named after the yearly weather phenomenon that tends to occur around the holidays out on the west coast with storms coming across the Pacific from Hawaii bringing the rainy season and cool weather. This year, the Pineapple Express has wrecked havoc on California with heavy rain and nearly hurricane force winds, so in the spirit of the classic folks who ride out the hurricanes and make a punch using the storm’s namesake, pineapple. This is a sweet boozy cocktail that has a nice tropical fruit note that helps give a warmth to the cocktail that chases away the clouds while packing a big punch. I used a barrel aged rum from a local distiller, Cut Spike Distillery, as I like the richer character of the aged rum but you could easily use a white rum if you wanted a bit more mellow drink.
- 2 oz rum
- 1.50 oz cherry brandy
- 3 dashes bitters
- .50 oz lemon juice
- .50 oz lime juice
- 3 oz pineapple juice
- 1 brandied cherry for garnish
Fill a shaker with ice.
Pour the in ingredients and shake well.
Strain into a hurricane glass or a brandied snifter.
Garnish with a brandied cherry (or a maraschino cherry if you have to settle for that.)