Homemade: Pineapple Liqueur #1

Homemade Pineapple Liqueur
Homemade Pineapple Liqueur

Almost everyone who drinks has enjoyed a Pina Colada. You can’t deny the deliciousness of a good Pina Colada or that pineapple is a key part of the flavor. Though shame on you if you have never tried a Pineapple liqueur! What better way is there to enjoy pure pineapple flavor with a nice alcohol bite and plenty of sweet?

I found a simple pineapple liqueur recipe on Gunther Anderson’s liqueur site and tried my hand.

Homemade Pinapple Liqueur Recipe

  • 2 cups pineapple
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups vodka
  • 1/2 cup sugar syrup

“Steep 1 week, strain/squeeze and filter, add syrup, age 1 month.

Notes: Sharp – more sugar? Another recipe calls for rum, which might be smoother.”

As you can see; quite simple. I didn’t deviate from this recipe at all and the produce that resulted is mighty fine.

You might wonder if you can use canned pineapple or do you need fresh? I can only tell you that I used fresh cut pineapple from the Publix grocery store. I would think canned pineapple might have a more intense flavor especially if you add the juice in. However I was worried the juice would throw the mix off and the recipe did not specify.

It turned out really well, but I am not going to do a deep review because it simply taste like Pineapple and alcohol  with a touch of sweet. This is exactly as I would expect, though as it has aged the pineapple aroma is still really strong, and the tastes are less distinct, the alcohol bite blending with the fruit. I can’t forget to mention that the color is just the perfect pineapple yellow tint you would imagine. This will be an amazing mixer especially in Pina Colada-like fruity drinks. Goes down great when chilled too!

Homemade Pineapple Liqueur
Homemade Pineapple Liqueur

I’ll probably make this recipe again, but try variants with spices and maybe honey instead of sugar. I would like a more rounded, complex Pineapple liqueur for sipping on.

9 thoughts on “Homemade: Pineapple Liqueur #1”

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  2. If you want something more rounded I suggest a concoction which I’m brewing now. Replace the vodka with rum, now add the pineapple. Between these two you have plenty of sugar & vanilla? For the fullness you desire I’ve used Bacardi Oakheart, a smooth spiced rum. Also brewing a separate tasting with Bacardi Superior for a clean comparison. I’ll age it for a month, thinking of leaving the fruit in for half that time before straining. It may be in indirect sun light during the day (sun brewed tea anyone?).

  3. Thanks for visiting Rich! Yes I’m quite interested to try making another pineapple liqueur. I’ve not tried the Bacardi Oakheart, and I do love my rums – so that sounds like the perfect opportunity to try it. I wonder if my local store carries the Oakheart.

    Please post back and let me know how your recipe turns out. I’m going to also research sun brewed tea, as I haven’t heard of that before. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  4. I made it and enjoyed it, pretty good. I used real vanilla and over-powered the taste, but, still enjoyable. Next time i will be strict with the vanilla. I didn’t strained, nice for decoration.

  5. Have you tried grilling fresh pineapple slices? I have infused tequila with grilled pineapple, it adds a nice caramel taste. Was wondering about using vodka…maybe adding a shot of black strap rum in place of the vanilla?

  6. Just made it tonight with Coconut Malibu rum. Will come back in 4 weeks to tell you how it is.

  7. Gisele, sounds good. I’m interested to hear how it goes. I haven’t got back around to making this one again. My original test turned out okay…, but didn’t have a complex enough flavor for me.

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