Pineapple Cocktail Recipes Get Serious When It’s a Shrub Cocktail

by Pamela

shrub cocktail, vinegar drink, drink syrups, cocktail recipes, Mezcal cocktails
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Pineapple cocktail recipes usually revolve around piña colada’s, martini’s or a tropical twist on a margarita recipe. But remember that shrub cocktail recipe I posted a couple of weeks ago? Well, I did it again. I couldn’t get the idea of playing around and creating another vinegar drink out of my head. Yes, I like things that have that tangy sour punch to them. I’m one of those weird people that will eat an entire package of sour gummy worms and simultaneously love and hate the fact that the surface of my tongue will now be warped for about three days. A shrub cocktail won’t do that to you, but they’re definitely not your typical cocktail.

These drink syrups give you an ingredient that can be used in cocktails as well as dessert syrups or as an addition to salad dressing recipes. But they also allow you to create light and fruity tasting cocktails with all the flavors of summer fruit without having to keep a fruit bowl taking up space on your counter top just so you can make a couple of drinks. Forget the fact that that same fruit goes from fresh to an unidentifiable slimy fruit fly covered mess in 48 hours or less during these hot and humid summer days.

I really like the peach strawberry shrub that I had made and am still using the drink syrup in all kinds of things. So when I was chopping up a pineapple, to make some more grilled fruit, I decided not to just toss the pineapple core into my composter. I chopped it up and scoured around my kitchen for more ingredients to make a Mexican inspired vinegar drink.

Even though you can make these drink syrups a couple of different ways, I make mine the cold process way. It takes a little longer to make it with this method, but it works the same way as all those liquor infusions that I make. I also think that by letting the fruit and seasonings infuse while they’re cold (instead of doing it with heat) gives the whole thing a fresher, more natural, fruit flavor. Besides, it’s just a couple of days.

You can keep your sissy pineapple cocktails. I am officially a shrub cocktail girl (that sounded waaaaay better in my head than it looks in print – it makes me sound worse than a cover band’s groupie). So bring on the vinegar drinks!

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3 comments

Easy Cocktail Recipes October 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Hi Pamela! Exceptional drink. Gathering all the ingredients was a bit difficult but I really enjoyed the drink. Thanks for sharing.

Jill~a SaucyCook July 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Well this is just inspirational! I love the idea of making good use of a pineapple core and the flavors sound divine!

Pamela July 7, 2012 at 6:07 am

Thanks Jill,

I love being able to use stuff instead of just trashing it. This recipe and my peach strawberry shrub recipe did just that. Enjoy!

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