Last Updated on June 12, 2023 by Leah Hall
Make this Grilled Pineapple Juice recipe to elevate your tropical cocktails! Can be substituted for any cocktail using pineapple juice!
This recipe takes a classic cocktail ingredient and adds a new flavor that you are going to love! The taste from the grilled pineapple isn’t overpowering. Grilling the pineapple simply adds a subtle hint of flavor from the grill. The sweetness of the pineapple really shows through in every refreshing sip of a cocktail or drink.
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The great thing about this recipe is that you can have it prepared days ahead of time. When your guests arrive for drinks, you are ready to go!
Is your Pineapple Ripe?
First you need to make sure that you are starting with the best ingredient! Being a simple recipe, this only has 2 ingredients, and one is the pineapple. The pineapple needs to be ripe but not soft and overripe.
How do you tell if a pineapple is fresh and ripe? Start by giving the fruit a squeeze, it should be firm but not like a rock. Next give a gentle pull to one of the center leaves on top. If the leaf comes out with little effort your pineapple is ripe and ready to eat. Take it home and get ready to make this recipe!
Grilled Pineapple Juice
Not only does grilled pineapple add a great visual element to a drink, (makes an outstanding garnish!) but also adds a darker sweetness and acidic component instead of simple pineapple juice. Because of the caramelization that happens during grilling, the pineapple pairs well with aged rums, tequilas and mezcals. Keep that in mind for some cocktails we have coming up for you!
You can also use the grilled pineapple as a garnish, and it gives off sweet aromatics while sipping, and also a tasty snack!
You may think grilled ingredients are not something you crave in a cocktail, but we think grilling the pineapple gives it a caramel flavor that’s perfectly suited to tropical cocktails.
Don’t char the pineapple, just get golden brown delicious coloring the fruit. If the grill is too high in heat you may end up with good grill marks, but don’t let them turn too black. If they get too dark, this will potentially make your juice bitter. Make sure to watch the pineapple slices on the grill, it only takes about 3 minutes per side on medium high to high heat.
Is Pineapple Good for You?
Pineapple is high in vitamin C. It also has Vitamins A, B6, E, and K and Calcium. But, consuming too much pineapple may cause tenderness of the mouth as the fruit is a great meat tenderizer. It can cause stomach problems or heartburn as well.
What Does Grilled Pineapple Taste Like?
The fruit is sweet to start with, it caramelizes easily and makes it taste more exotic and tropical. Adds a kick to your regular pineapple juice.
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This grilled pineapple juice elevates your cocktails with fresh flavors from the grill. A richer juice than your regular pineapple juice, this is a great substitute in any tropical cocktail!
- 1 whole pineapple, ripe
- vegetable oil, for brushing on pineapple slices
- Cut pineapple, peeled and brushed slices with oil.
- Place cut pineapple on grill, grill until grill marks show and pineapple is warm. About 3 minutes to a side.
- Take off grill, let cool slightly and place pineapple in food processor or blender.
- Pulse until blended up and is pulpy.
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer, stirring to get juice out, but you may have to let it sit and drain for 20 minutes or so.
- Throw pulp away.
- Set juice aside for cocktail. Can be stored in the fridge for about a week, or frozen in a jar or plastic container for up to a month.
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Serving Size:2 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 33Total Fat: .1gCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: .1gSugar: 6.2gProtein: .2g
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