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Pineapple Whiskey Smash

pineapple whiskey smash drink

This vivid drink, the Pineapple Whiskey Smash, brilliantly combines the tropical flare of pineapple with the warmth of whiskey if you’re seeking a refreshing change from your typical cocktail selections. This cocktail is both stunning and delicious, providing a distinct flavor experience that is sure to become a favorite. This cocktail is impressive, whether you’re serving it at a gathering or just relaxing after a hard day.

Tasting Notes

An array of flavors come together in the Pineapple Whiskey Smash. The taste begins with the rich, silky flavor of whiskey and transitions into the vibrant, sweet notes of fresh pineapple. Every sip is energizing because a dash of mint offers a pleasant finish. This cocktail hits exactly the perfect note every time thanks to the harmony of sweetness and acidity, which keeps it from being either too sour or too sweet.

Glassware and Equipment

  • A Pineapple Whiskey Smash requires a few standard kitchen items.
  • To release the flavors of the pineapple and mint, gently crush them with a muddler.
  • A shaker for cocktails, used to blend all components with ice to cool the concoction
  • A sieve, to guarantee a gentle flow into your glass
  • A small glass, sometimes referred to as an old-fashioned or rocks glass, is ideal for serving this cool drink.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. whiskey
  • 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Muddle (smash) the pineapple and mint leaves together in a shaker.
  2. Add the whiskey, simple syrup, and lemon juice.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake it up really well.
  4. Strain it into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a mint sprig.
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Pro Tips

  • Use fresh pineapple for the best taste.
  • If you want it sweeter, add a bit more simple syrup.
  • Gently muddle the mint to avoid bitterness.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

A decent Pineapple Whiskey Smash can be made with any whiskey, but choosing a premium brand whiskey can improve the beverage. Use Tennessee whiskey or bourbon for a smoother flavor. Whiskeys such as Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniel’s, or Buffalo Trace are great options that complement the pineapple’s tart and sweet notes.

Similar Cocktails

Should you find pleasure in the Pineapple Whiskey Smash, you may also appreciate these comparable drinks:

  • Mint Julep, for another minty whiskey experience
  • Whiskey Sour, if you love the combination of citrus and whiskey
  • Mojito, for a rum-based alternative with mint
  • Piña Colada, for when you’re in the mood for more pineapple but in a creamier form
  • Pineapple Margarita, a tropical twist on a classic, features juicy pineapple and zesty lime for the perfect balance of sweet and sour.

History

A contemporary take on the traditional Whiskey Smash, which originated in the late 1800s, is the Pineapple Whiskey Smash. The original cocktail was a simpler concoction of whiskey, mint, and lemon. Bartenders have been experimenting with adding fruits, such as pineapple, to create novel textures and flavors over time, giving rise to the exquisite range we have today.

pineapple whiskey smash drink

Pineapple Whiskey Smash

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Instructions

  1. Muddle (smash) the pineapple and mint leaves together in a shaker.
  2. Add the whiskey, simple syrup, and lemon juice.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake it up really well.
  4. Strain it into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a mint sprig.

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Can I use pineapple in a can?

For its vibrant flavor, fresh pineapple is best, but canned pineapple can still be used in a pinch. Just make sure you fully empty it.

Is there a version without alcohol?

Of course! For a refreshing mocktail, swap out the whiskey with ginger ale or another non-alcoholic spirit.

Can I prepare ingredients ahead of time?

Making it fresh is advised for the finest flavor. To save time when mixing and serving, you can chop the pineapple and mint ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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