We love pineapple as a tropical snack, but we love it even more blended into delicious cocktails. You might think of pineapple juice cocktails as strictly summer drinks, but this fruit is extremely versatile, and you can absolutely indulge year-round.
We found 11 drink recipes—10 cocktails, and one mocktail—that use pineapple juice as their star ingredient. From complex margaritas and colorful champagnes, to a fruity sangria and an inventive punch, these delicious options make a case for mixing pineapple juice cocktails no matter what month it is.
1. Pineapple Margarita Sparklers
If it were up to Tieghan Gerard from Half Baked Harvest, you wouldn't be serving up predictable champagne flutes during your New Year's Eve celebrations—you'd be passing these pineapple margarita sparklers out instead. "Muddle a generous amount of fresh pineapple with both lime and lemon juice, strain, add tequila and a good splash of Grand Marnier," she says. Then just add champagne and serve it up in chipotle chili salt-rimmed glasses. Don't forget to chill the mixture before serving, and garnish each glass with fresh mint and pineapple slices, too.
2. Pineapple Lime Beer Margaritas
Gerard is also creative when it comes to her choice of margaritas. For this twist on the classic cocktail from her blog Half Baked Harvest, she advises mixing in the combination of pineapple, lime, Mexican beer, and tequila. "I'm not sure if this all sounds kind of weird, but honestly, this is one of the best drinks," she says. "It's light, not overly sweet, and super refreshing." Mix the liquids with agave nectar, salt the rims of your glassware, and serve with pineapple slices and lime wedges.
3. Frozen Brunch Punch
In this brunch-ready recipe from Half Baked Harvest, Gerard mixes pineapple chunks with orange and lime juices, fresh ginger, Campari, and white rum. And if that doesn't seem decadent enough, she also recommends garnishing the drink with edible flowers. "I love finishing off my drinks with a couple of lime wedges and edible flowers, if I have them around, which these days, I always do," she writes.
4. Pineapple Ginger Champagne Cocktail
Pineapple, lime, and ginger are also key ingredients in this fizzy recipe from Hello Glow, only in this instance, they're mixed with champagne and coconut water to create a drink that's festive and refreshing. Ana Stanciu recommends using a cocktail shaker to combine the lime and pineapple juices, ginger, and honey, and then filtering it all to remove the pulp. "Strain the liquid into serving glasses and top with champagne," she says.
If you can't find fresh pineapple, use pasteurized juice, but note the taste will be stronger and a bit unbalanced. You can solve the situation by adding a little extra lime juice.
5. Strawberry Pineapple Margaritas
If you're looking for a margarita with bold color and flavor, this option from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats is perfect since its use of frozen strawberries, pineapple juice, and lime juice creates an irresistible hue. When those shades and flavors are mixed with Grand Marnier and silver tequila, it really becomes a party. "Pour mixture into the glass, then fill with a lime wedge, pineapple wedge, and crushed ice," she says. "Top it off with the pineapple juice and another lime."
Flaked sea salt is best for rimming your glass.
6. Tropical White Moscato Sangria
Patience is the hardest part about making this tropical sangria recipe from Food Faith Fitness. All of the other components—white Moscato, coconut water with pineapple, mango-flavored vodka, and slices of lime, mango, and pineapple—are simply tossed into a pitcher to combine for at least a couple of hours. "Feel free to try a pineapple vodka or coconut rum if that suits you better," Taylor Kiser says. "You just need to add some kind of hard liquor to add flavor and cut some of the Moscato sweetness!"
Let it refrigerate for at least two hours (or up to overnight) for the flavors to develop.
7. Pineapple Hibiscus Margarita
Kate Ramos at Hola Jalapeño has another standout margarita recipe to try when you're seeking out inventive flavors, and this one uses pineapple purée, hibiscus syrup, pineapple gum syrup, and organic white tequila. "Combine tequila, pineapple puree, lime juice, and pineapple gum syrup with a scoop of ice in a cocktail shaker," Ramos says. "Shake vigorously until combined and the outside of the shaker is beaded with ice. Strain into the prepared glass."
8. Pineapple Mojito
There are only six ingredients in this tasty mojito recipe from Melanie Makes, which the mixologist Melanie Bauer says can be created in minutes. "Fresh mint and limes are muddled together before being doused in pineapple juice, simple syrup, white rum, and club soda," she notes. "It's served over ice and garnished with even more pineapple and mint."
It's easy to make simple syrup at home. Use equal amounts of sugar and water placed in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved completely.
9. Arugula Pineapple Daiquiri
This unexpected pineapple and arugula cocktail from Salt and Wind mixes those flavors with agave syrup, bitters, white rum, and lime juice for a complex finish. "Pineapple and arugula aren't really flavors I've ever thought of combining, never mind in a daiquiri," Aida Mollenkamp says. "But I was more than convinced when I tried it at SY Kitchen on my recent day trip to Santa Ynez, and now it's the go-to unexpected drink I shake-up for company."
10. Pineapple Mint Julep Margarita
Mollenkamp is equally out-of-the-box with this Salt and Wind recipe, and the results are just as satisfying. Silver tequila, lime juice, agave syrup, and mint leaves are combined with ice and served with a garnish of more pineapple and mint. It's "a margarita and julep hybrid" that makes it easy to enjoy these delicious flavors in one glass.
Wrap ice cubes in a towel or ice crusher bag and break up using a mallet or rolling pin to create a mix of ice sizes from pea-sized to snowlike.
11. Kiwi Pineapple Agua Fresca
There might not be any alcohol in this agua fresca recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats, but think of it as a bonus mocktail option after you've had your fill of the above drinks. Krista Rollins mixes fresh pineapple with whole, skinless kiwis in a blender with water, and then serves it up in a chilled pitcher. "It only has three ingredients and no refined sugar," she says. "It's literally just fresh kiwi, fresh pineapple, and water." Basically, it's the drink you need when you're looking to reset.