Grilled Pineapple Crush Cocktail Recipe

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Recipe adapted from Marshall Altier, Jbird Cocktails, NYC

Grilled-Pineapple Crush
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Pineapple is sweet and acidic, making it great for cocktails. But it's even better when it's grilled, as evidenced by this drink that highlights the pineapple's smoky flavor and caramelized sugars.
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Total time: 15 minutes
  • 3 wedges fresh pineapple
  • ⅛ vanilla bean or 2 dashes pure vanilla extract
  • :::¾ ounces simple syrup (1:1 ratio):::
  • 2 ounces white rum, preferably Denizen
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Ice
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Grill the pineapple wedges to achieve grill marks. (The natural sugars in the pineapple will caramelize.) 2. In a glass, muddle 2 wedges of the grilled pineapple with the vanilla bean and simple syrup. Pour the rum and lime juice into a shaker. Add ice and shake. Double-strain into a cocktail glass.
  2. Dust the remaining pineapple wedge with black pepper and use to garnish the drink. Serve immediately.
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