This sweet-tart pineapple rum smash is such a summer treat. Let's squash some pineapple!
My pineapple rum smash recipe is versatile. Make it with homemade infused booze, store-bought pineapple rum, or skip the liquor all together for a refreshing green tea pineapple lemonade. I'll get into the variations below, so you can choose your own pineapple rum smash adventure!
Pick Your Poison
This cocktail calls for Green Tea Pineapple Rum. If you don't have time to do an infusion, you can substitute store-bought pineapple rum.
The homemade rum has a bitter edge from the green tea that you'll lose with store-bought, but it still makes a good cocktail. You might add an extra drop or two of bitters, if you go that route.
For my cocktail, I used my friend Duane's amazing Cherry Green Tea Bitters. If you're not an Atlanta local, you won't have access to these. That's okay! Substitute orange bitters, and you're good to go. But Atlanta people - Duane's bitters make this cocktail super complex-tasting. I actually developed this recipe around them.
If you don't do the booze thing, that's totally okay, too. You can use green tea in place of rum. It's basically a no-sugar-added lemonade made with green tea instead of water, and it's freaking awesome. It also looks exactly like the cocktail version.
Muddle, Muddle, Muddle
No matter what booze choice you make - including the mocktail variation - you'll need to muddle that pineapple like nobody's business.
A pineapple rum smash is kind of exactly what it sounds like: a rum drink flavored with squashed pineapple. The history of the smash is actually kind of fascinating. I found a neat article about them from Imbibe Magazine that's worth a read.
To smash the pineapple in this drink I used the muddling tool from my bar kit. If you don't have a muddler, do your best with a large soup spoon.
If you make a lot of cocktails, I'd recommend investing in a muddler. A muddler is basically a wand with a flat, ridged end. The ridges make it much easier to macerate the fruit. A lot of handcrafted cocktail recipes call for muddled fruit, so you'll save your wrists some trouble with a muddler.
You want to squish the pineapple up really well to release as much of that sweet, sweet pineapple juice as possible. The pineapple is the only sugar in this drink, so it's key in offsetting the bitterness from the green tea and bitters and the strong flavor of the rum.
Green tea pineapple rum smash
- 1 ½ ounces Green Tea Pineapple Rum - or store-bought pineapple rum
- ¼ cup chopped fresh pineapple
- juice of ¼ a fresh lemon
- 2-3 drops of Cherry Green Tea Bitters or Orange Bitters
- In the bottom of a rocks glass, muddle together the gin, the fresh pineapple, and the lemon juice. You want to release lots of juice, so make sure you really go for it.
- Top off your glass with ice, then finish with 2-3 drops of bitters.
- Garnish with a lemon round.