A fruity, refreshing summer bourbon cocktail with fresh pineapple
Bourbon and pineapple are a ridiculously delicious combination.
If you haven’t tried it yet, don’t knock it. Well unless you don’t enjoy bourbon or pineapple, in which case this is probably not the summer bourbon cocktail for you.
BUT If you’re open to those flavors/ingredients, then this should be right up your alley.
It’s a no-shake cocktail which I love because it cuts out a little time and honestly it feels like it cuts out dishes, too. Even though I’m generally using the same number of items to make the cocktail – it may just be in my head, but oh well.
It also features a ginger simple syrup that I love having on hand – it’s great in cocktails, but it’s also excellent in coffee. I know, it sounds crazy but it offers a delightful extra kick in my morning oat milk lattes. If you make it, try out a small batch first. If you love it, make some more! Just double or triple the recipe below for the ginger simple.
If it’s a hint of sweetness and a little kick of flavor you’re looking for, this one’s for you 👇
1/4 cup pineapple, diced
2 oz bourbon
1 oz juice from Meyer lemons
1 oz ginger simple syrup
*Makes 2 cocktails
1. Make your simple syrup. Combine equal parts granulated sugar and water. Heat to a boil for 30 seconds, then remove from heat. Add a 1 inch cube of frozen ginger and crush into mixture. When cooled, pour into a jar and set aside.
2. Muddle pineapple and ginger simple syrup.
3. Add bourbon, lemon juice, and ice. Stir until combined and chilled.
4. Strain into a glass with a large ice cube – I love using my sphere molds for this!
If you can whip up the ginger simple syrup in advance, this cocktail is even easier to make when you’re ready to enjoy it. The Meyer lemons add a nice tang, but the sweetness is what makes them so wonderful in this summery cocktail. If you can’t find them, regular lemons work just fine – they may just have a slightly more sour flavor. Still tasty though!
What flavors do you crave in summer cocktails?