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!
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.