Grilled Pineapple Old Fashioned
(recipe serving size – 1 cocktail)
For the cocktail:
4 oz bourbon (Bulleit was my weapon of choice)
1 slice of fresh pineapple, 1/2 inch thick
A few dashes of orange bitters
Using an indoor grill pan or an outdoor grill, grill the pineapple for 3 minutes on each side over medium to medium-high heat. Add the slice of pineapple to a shaker filled with 1 cup of ice. Muddle for 20-30 seconds, leaving only a few cubes of ice still frozen.
Add the bourbon to the shaker and shake for a few seconds, just enough to incorporate the pineapple and the alcohol.
Pour the contents of the shaker into a tumbler filled with ice through a strainer, making sure none of the pineapple chunks fall into the glass. Stir in the orange bitters and enjoy while cold!
Tip: While using an outdoor grill with charcoal and/or wood will add another layer of depth and smokiness to the drink, just make sure to clean the rack your pineapple will be resting on well before grilling the fruit. The last thing you want is remnants of the burgers you grilled floating around in your glass.
Mmm… This sounds great. I’ll have to find a pineapple and check it out; maybe some smoky flavor would be a good touch, like you said. Sort of like a mezcal, but pineapple! Does the fruit give enough sweetness to the drink?
Hey! I’m so glad you like the recipe. I personally think the drink is plenty sweet. Using bourbon instead of rye whiskey adds additional sweetness as well, making up for the lack of simple syrup.
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Up here in the chilly north that drink looks really good, bourbon and grilled pineapple is a must try for me.
Thanks for the shoutout and the review. I love your assessment and you are spot on with needing sweet pineapple and enough grilling time. You want really decent grill marks on the pineapple before muddling it. And don’t be afraid to up the amount of pineapple if you don’t feel the fruit is sweet enough. I personally don’t like sweet drinks, which is what drew me to make this cocktail this particular way. With that said, I’m excited to try adding a few of the more traditional Old Fashioned ingredients to see where it takes the beverage. Cheers!