If there’s one fruit that evokes summer almost as much as watermelon, it’s pineapple. The fruit’s juicy flavor, prickly exterior, and tropical associations conjure up a beach filled with plenty of sunshine and surf. It’s taste is so immediately transportive that just one bite may have you feeling like you’re sunbathing on a private island.
If you’re anything like us, you can’t get enough of the stuff, especially if you can’t afford a trip to Hawaii. And one of our favorite ways to consume it is in drink form. Whether it’s just the juice or the pulp of the fruit itself, pineapple has the magical ability to elevate almost any spirit it’s added to. And believe it or not, its power extends far beyond piña coladas.
While there’s nothing wrong with that particular drink, it can get a bit stale and predictable over time (much like the song that references them ad nauseam). If you’re looking for inspiration to up your cocktail game this summer, the drinks below will help you do just that. Get your tiki glasses ready and drink up!
And if you want to continue the theme with your food, check out these pineapple recipes too.
This pineapple juice and tequila cocktail also contains Licor 43 and cinnamon syrup, plus lime juice for tang. You might not be able to go on a cruise, but at least you can down this drink. Get the La Pinela Pineapple Tequila Cocktail recipe.
While this take on the classic tiki cocktail is as strong as its name suggests, don’t be scared off. You can never go wrong with pineapple, coconut, and Pusser’s rum. Get the Painkiller Cocktail recipe.
Aguas frescas traditionally consist of fruit puree blended with sugar and water; in this case, you’ll need three pound of fresh pineapple for eight drinks. And two cups of white rum to booze up this traditional Mexican beverage for a perfect summer buzz. Get the Spiked Pineapple Agua Fresca recipe.
This cocktail contains three different varieties of rum (dark, light, and 151-proof!) so it packs an especially potent punch. Pineapple and orange juices work to complement all that booze perfectly. Get our Grog Cocktail recipe.
This combination of liquids may not seem super intuitive, however, whiskey and vermouth are softened with pineapple juice, making for a sophisticatedly tart drink. Get our Algonquin Cocktail recipe.
Grilled pineapple ups the flavor profile of a boring old daiquiri, as it adds caramelized complexity to a classic cocktail. Be sure to check out our guide to grilling fruit for more pro tips as well. Get our Grilled Pineapple Daiquiri recipe.
No grill? No problem. Make yourself a slushy drink instead—perfect for the dog days of summer. Get our Frozen Pineapple Daiquiri recipe (which is also ideal for anyone who loves a Dole Whip with rum).
Pineapple juice gives this classic cocktail a well-needed summertime twist. Get the Pineapple Moscow Mule recipe.
Vanilla bean mellows out the pineapple and gives this martini an especially Tahitian flair. It may be more time-consuming making the syrup from scratch, but it’s definitely worth it to impress your friends—or treat yourself. Get the Pineapple and Vanilla Bean Martini recipe.
This is the perfect camping cocktail (in part because you mix it up beforehand and stash it in a canteen in the cooler), but it’s also perfect to sip if you miss the woods yet don’t feel comfortable going on a camping trip this year. It contains pine liqueur for a taste of the forest, balanced out by pineapple juice and dark rum. Get our Pine Cone Punch Camping Cocktail recipe.