♫Someday you’ll be my pineapple queen♫ Infusing with Pineapple

Photo by Michael Paydos

My wife was born and raised in Hawaii. This is a pretty good deal in terms of having to go visit the home town. Decorating the Christmas Pineapple is one of my favorite holiday traditions. Right behind tossing the ol’ pineapple skin around.

It’s also one of the leading producers of pineapple in the world.As such, the pineapple has come to dominate the Hawaiian way of life. A legal form of currency, the pineapple grows in row upon row of stubby little shrubs, each little fruit poking up in great anticipation of…

Photo by a friendly Japanese tourist, 2009.

The pineapple is the closest fruit in size and weight to the human head, as this photo proves.

Getting soaked in booze.

Vodka, rum, or tequila, you really can’t go wrong. This infusion is also as “dummy proof” as it gets. If that’s not awesome enough, using it is just as easy–any fruity and simple drink is just as lovely with this infusion in place of the main spirit. You can even cut down on any juices to keep that fruity goodness without as much sugary syrupness. This infusion requires a larger container than most–at least a 2-quart jar is recommended.

Components:

  • Vodka, light rum, or light tequila
  • 1 pineapple
  • 2-quart or larger glass container

Instructions:

  • Carefully slice the skin off the pineapple. Slice into lengthwise quarters and remove the core (removing the core isn’t required, but it will soak up some of the spirit which is a bit wasteful).
  • Chop pineapple into half inch thick slices. Fill jar with pineapple and then fill the jar with spirit until the liquid level is about a half or full inch above the level of fruit.
  • Store in a cool, dark place for 7 days.
  • Pour spirit into a bottle and refrigerate. Best if used within 6 months.

Tips: You’d think the pineapple leftover would be tasty. You’d be wrong. Basically, the vodka will absorb all the fruity loveliness from the pineapple while the pineapple absorbs all the harsh qualities of straight liquor.

I usually choose to eat the pineapple pieces.

Please remember that each soaked pineapple chunk is basically like doing a shot.

Hawaiian Ice Water

  • 3 shots pineapple infused vodka, rum, or tequila
  • Wedge of fresh or booze-soaked pineapple

Shake spirit with lots of ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with pineapple.

Note: For a nice twist on the cosmopolitan, add a half oz of pomegranate or cranberry juice.

Also use to make a:

  • Vodka tonic
  • Gimlet, in place of gin
  • Rum & coke
  • Margarita
  • Daiquiri
  • With cranberry juice
  • With soda water
  • Basically, almost anything fruity

Oh, and in case you were curious about the subject line:

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About Dazed & Infused

Failed science major turned to creative writing which led to a job as a bartender hack turned mixologist turned book editor turned writer who then went on to the world of International Corporate Communications. This is a bit getting back to his roots--that would be booze & science & rambling.
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5 Responses to ♫Someday you’ll be my pineapple queen♫ Infusing with Pineapple

  1. sarah p says:

    It makes me so happy that you could start out the entry with “My wife…” ^_^

  2. Elizabeth Ball says:

    I actually knew a real ‘Pineapple Queen’. Her name was Mable Grace Winchester-Majit and she was photographed with pineapples for a popular era (1940’s and 1950’s) postcard. Her infectious smile and beautiful face made the card come to life. Unseen in the card was Mable’s penchant for song, with her favorite being ‘Purple Raindrops’ (not a plug to Prince). She appeared many times at King Kalakaua’s Hawaiian Merry Monarch Festival, and spent her last few minutes of life singing a song in honor of King Kalakaua. When the music stopped, so did Mable. She was a feisty woman, but she lived and died on her own terms. Aloha ‘Oe, Mable Winchester-Majit. Until we meet again. ‘Liz’

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